Coulton’s Catch Up – Investing in safer communities, Inland Rail providing endless opportunities, Funding available to establish Children’s Contact Services

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (centre) visited FlatTrack in Moree to find out how the organisation will benefit from funding provided under the Safer Communities Fund. He is pictured with FlatTrack Program Manager Krist Grasnick (right) and participant Andrew Pegus. Investing in safer communities All of our young people should have the…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Tooraweenah Road upgrade a step closer, Funding for suicide prevention training, Entries open for poetry competition, Easing child care costs

Tooraweenah Road Upgrade a step closer The Liberal and Nationals Government has unlocked $22.96 million in funding for the Tooraweenah Road Upgrade, bringing the project another step closer to reality. The project is fully funded under the Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance initiative and will deliver upgrades along approximately 56.8 kilometres of Tooraweenah Road, within…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Bright future for Broken Hill, Western Cancer Centre officially opened, Creating drought resilient leaders, Rebuilding our regional communities

Bright future for Broken Hill The future is looking bright for Broken Hill, with the Coalition Government last week granting Major Project Status to the $560 million dollar Broken Hill Cobalt Project. This project will produce 16,700 tonnes of high purity cobalt sulphate per year – a highly sought-after form of this critical mineral, used…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Putting Australia’s interests first, Out and about in the electorate, Latest round of drought mentoring program open, Funding available to improve Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service infrastructure

Putting Australia’s interests first Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is very concerning, and the implications of this conflict will be felt right across the globe, including here in the Parkes electorate. The Federal Government is working very hard to ensure Australia’s interests are looked out for. Our priority is to keep Australians safe and defend our…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Planting trees for the Queen’s Jubilee, Local community projects backed by bushfire grants, Better aged care services, New website to help navigate childcare services

Planting trees to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee Eligible groups and organisations in the Parkes electorate are being invited to put forward their project ideas for an Australian Government grant to plant trees in honour of the legacy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and her 70 years of service to Australia and the Commonwealth. The…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Biodiversity Bill for farmers, Communities in the Parkes electorate to benefit from media reform package, Reopening to tourists and other international travellers and Funding to help preserve wartime heritage

BIODIVERSITY BILL FOR FARMERS On 9 February 2022, the Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Market Bill was introduced to parliament. This Bill will create a framework to support new income streams for farmers, improved biodiversity, and international recognition of Australia’s biodiversity stewardship credentials. The Bill builds on the Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Package, which aims to improve on-farm…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Improving the health of our rivers, New veteran wellbeing grants, Grants open for soil carbon measurement projects, Scholarships for rural students

Improving the health of our rivers The Coalition Government is committed to improving the health of rivers in the Murray-Darling Basin, and I was pleased to join some of my National Party colleagues for a few exciting announcements for the Parkes electorate last week. We are providing $80 million to New South Wales to deliver…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Australia Day celebrations, Exciting week of openings, Flood recovery grants for small businesses

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (second from right) pictured with Lachlan Shire Council General Manager Greg Tory, Citizen of the Year Dr Khaled Bardawil, Australia Day Ambassador Donna Burton from Coonabarabran, Australia Day Award winner Sue Nicholls, Sportsperson of the Year Dylan Bendell and Mayor John Medcalf OAM in Lake Cargelligo. Australia…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Improving disability support for local Indigenous people, Funding available for remote airstrips, Reflect, respect and celebrate Australia Day, Backing women in STEM

Improving disability support for local Indigenous people Five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations in the Parkes electorate have received funding from the Federal Government to improve delivery of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support services. Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Health Service, Brewarrina Aboriginal Medical Service, Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service, Pius X Aboriginal Corporation and…

Coulon’s Catch Up – Powering local community groups, Supporting country shows, Changes to Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, National plan to end violence against women and children

Powering local community groups Power bills are often one of the biggest overheads for not-for-profit organisations, so I was thrilled to announce last week that 10 community groups in the Parkes electorate will share in a total of $67,700 to help reduce their energy costs. Provided through the Federal Government’s Powering Communities Program, the grants…