Coulton’s Catch Up – Over 50s now included in vaccine rollout, Saluting their service in Narromine and Mendooran, Full-time employment at a record high

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester last week announced two organisations in the Parkes electorate will receive funding under the latest round of the Federal Government’s Saluting Their Service grants program. Over 50s now included in vaccine rollout It’s great that all Australians aged 50 years…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Budget a big win for regional Australia, Huge funding boost for local councils, Investing in infrastructure

Budget a big win for regional Australia This year’s Federal Budget is a win for regional Australia, delivering key incentives for individuals and families, small businesses, local councils and community groups in the Parkes electorate to ensure we continue to lead the economic recovery from COVID-19. Although we are not yet out of the pandemic,…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Budget to deliver jobs and growth, Shovels to hit the ground on $9 million worth of projects, Local organisations look to capitalise on Inland Rail

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes and Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government Mark Coulton met with Auscott General Manager Commercial and Water Resources Bernie George to discuss Auscott’s successful project proposal through the Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program. 2021-2022 Budget to deliver jobs and growth Last year’s Federal Budget was the…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Inland Rail major works in North West NSW, the future of freight is ‘ROSI’ in Moree, Western Division Councils Conference

Inland Rail major works underway in North West NSW As a long champion of the Inland Rail project, it was great to celebrate the start of major construction on the Narrabri to North Star section (phase one) in Gurley last Monday, with 9500 sleepers and 11kms of track already removed. It was wonderful to be…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Boosting connectivity across Parkes, $203 million Newell Highway upgrades complete, Opening of new Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service

Boosting connectivity across Parkes Last week I was thrilled to announce that four projects in the Parkes electorate will share in more than $8 million in funding to improve telecommunications services under the Regional Connectivity Program (RCP). People living and working in the Boggabilla, Moree Plains, Gunnedah, Warren and Narromine areas can now look forward…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Vaccine rollout continues, Indigenous rangers for Murray-Darling Basin, Enhancing research in regional areas

Vaccine rollout continues, despite setback It was great to catch up with Andrea and Rhonda from Associate Medical Practice in Moree last week to see how their COVID-19 vaccine rollout is going. The clinic has been participating in Phase 1B of the vaccination program for two weeks now and by all accounts it’s going well…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Further $26 million to fix Parkes roads, $81 million for Basin projects, Upskilling our regional workforce

Further $26 million to fix Parkes roads In a massive win for the Parkes electorate, 19 new road upgrades worth more than $26 million are rolling out under the latest round of the Australian and NSW Governments’ accelerated Fixing Local Roads program to improve local roads and create thousands of local jobs in the regions.…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Government supports flood clean-up, Five groups receive Inland Rail grants, Apply now for 2021 Volunteer Grants

Government supports flood clean-up On Friday I visited Moree to assess the damage of the flood that went through town and offer Federal Government assistance to those most impacted. The flood peaked at 10.43 metres on Thursday morning and although it didn’t quite reach the levels of the 2012 flood, many homes and businesses were…

Coulton’s Catch Up – GPs join COVID-19 rollout as Phase 1B begins, New training scheme to boost bush doctors, Paying farmers for biodiversity

GPs join COVID-19 rollout as Phase 1B begins This week some of the most vulnerable people in the Parkes electorate will start to receive their first COVID-19 vaccination as Phase 1B begins. Phase 1B includes anyone aged 70 years and over, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 years and over, and people with…