Coulton’s Catch Up – Free RATs for concession card holders, Grants for flood-affected primary producers, Building drought resilient leaders

Free RATs for concession card holders The Prime Minister announced last week that 6.6 million pensioners and Commonwealth concession card holders will have access to free Rapid Antigen Tests, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country. Up to 10 tests will be available over three months (a maximum of five in a month)…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Christmas gift for local volunteers, Funds on offer to build better regions, Disaster allowance now available, Christmas wishes

Christmas gift for local volunteers Last week I was thrilled to announce that a total of 30 community groups in the Parkes electorate will share in more than $109,000 under the latest round of the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants program. Volunteers play a vital role in shaping this electorate; they give countless hours of their…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Catching up with local communities, Attracting more doctors to the bush, An early Christmas present for two Men’s Sheds, Applications open for Regional Connectivity Program

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (fourth from right) pictured with members of the Mendooran Men’s Shed. Catching up with local communities I had a big week on the road last week, visiting a number of community groups throughout the Warrumbungle and Coonamble shires. It was great to stop and catch up with…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Flooding across the Parkes electorate, Heavy vehicle safety grants on offer, Calling for innovative ideas to help fill local jobs

Flooding across the Parkes electorate Widespread rainfall and flooding has impacted large parts of the Parkes electorate over the past week, and my thoughts go out to all those people who have been displaced, isolated or had property damaged by flood water. Our farmers in particular have been dealt a cruel blow, as hopes of…

Coulton’s Catch Up – $9.8 million for hydrogen project, world-class health facilities on show, out and about in the Warrumbungle and Lachlan shires, Fostering drought resilient leaders

$9.8 million for hydrogen project in Lake Cargelligo Last week I was thrilled to visit Graphite Energy’s Energy Storage Centre at Lake Cargelligo to announce a whopping $9.8 million in funding for a low-cost green hydrogen project they’re working on in partnership with Toshiba International Corporation and MGA Thermal. This funding, provided through the Federal…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Environment Minister’s visit, Out and about in Gilgandra, Funding on offer to improve bridges and roads, Water market advisory group

Environment Minister’s visit It was wonderful to be joined by Environment Minister Sussan Ley in Carroll last week to announce $1 million in funding to help protect Gunnedah’s koalas from drought and changing climates. This is part of the Federal Government’s $18 million koala package, with the funding to be used for a range of…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Inland Rail section open in time for harvest, Out and about in Broken Hill, Remote roads targeted in new funding program, Best wishes for the HSC

Inland Rail section open in time for harvest Farmers and producers in the North West will be able to take full advantage of the current strong agricultural export prices with a key section of the enhanced Inland Rail freight line open ahead of the grain harvest season. Upgrades to a 29-kilometre stretch of the Narrabri…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Protecting regional Australia, Grants available to help boost organ donation, First edition of the Narromine Star

Protecting regional Australia It was a big week in Parliament last week, with the Coalition Government announcing its plan to achieve a net zero emissions target by 2050, following the Nationals’ support. As a result of our negotiations, we have been able to secure a better outcome for regional Australia. We’ve got a range of…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Investing in our communities, Lights switched on at major intersection, Regional bank taskforce, Proof of vaccination

Photo caption: The roundabout was last week removed from the Newell and Mitchell highways intersection, as traffic lights were switched on for the first time. Investing in our communities Last week I was pleased to announce funding that will provide a boost to two communities in the Parkes electorate. Western Plains Regional Development Incorporated has…