Coulton’s Catch Up – Christmas wishes, Rural health milestone, Sky’s the limit for local produce, Cooking in Cooee

Photo Caption (L-R): Paul Richardson (Patterson Building Group), Scott Biggs, Prof Cheryl Jones, A/Prof Mark Arnold and Member for Parkes Mark Coulton. Have a safe and happy Christmas The tail-end of 2020 represents something different for each of us. It has been a year that heralds the resilience of regional Australia as we contend with…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Road safety investment for our region, Regional Tech Hub launch, Preserving our heritage, University scholarships on offer

Photo Caption 1 (L-R): Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with Dubbo Regional Council Mayor Ben Shields, State Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders and Dubbo Regional Council CEO Michael McMahon. Road safety investment for our region A whopping $10 million investment from the Federal Coalition Government will see key road infrastructure improvements underway in the…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Supporting best practice cancer care, Christmas comes early with ag show grants, Managing kangaroo grazing pressure, Heavy vehicle safety paramount

Photo Caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton – it was a privilege to meet with Gail O’Brien AO (wife of the late Professor Chris O’Brien AO) and Catherine Lambert (Director of Nursing and Clinical Operations) during last week’s visit to the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse ‘You Can’ centre in Sydney, for adolescents and young adults…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Making tracks on Inland Rail, Red ribbon cut on local projects, Moving livestock made easy

Photo Caption – Inland Rail sod turn, Moree (L-R): Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey, Gwydir Shire Council Mayor John Coulton, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack, Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, Moree Plains Shire Council Mayor Katrina Humphries and Narrabri Shire Council Mayor Ron Campbell, pictured…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Investing in local jobs and community infrastructure, Bush benefits from $1 billion agreement, Boosting mobile coverage

Investing in local jobs and community infrastructure Back in May, I was thrilled to announce that a new grants program would deliver a whopping $21 million to Parkes electorate councils, to support local jobs and businesses. Since then, funds under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program have been flowing to councils right around…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Fixing more local roads, Backing our local newspapers, Practical policy supporting local business, Electronic work diary for truckies

Photo Caption (L-R): Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey, Rebecca Wilson (HE Silos), Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and HE Silos owners Cherylee and Darryl Morrison. Fixing more local roads More regional communities are set to benefit from the Australian and NSW Governments’ commitment to improving local roads, with a second round of the…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Timely reminder – get your skin checked, NAIDOC Week celebrations, Telestroke service for improved patient care

Photo Caption: Federal Member for Parkes and Minister for Regional Health, Mark Coulton, and former Australian test cricketer and now farmer, Peter Taylor of Gurley near Moree, have thrown their support behind a campaign to raise awareness of non-melanoma skin cancer. Timely reminder – get your skin checked With many farming communities across the Parkes…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Bringing a piece of Parkes to Parliament, Opportunities abound in regional Australia, Preserving wartime heritage

Photo Caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with Roger Fletcher of Fletcher International Exports. Bringing a piece of Parkes to Parliament I took the opportunity to speak in Parliament last week, sharing local examples of how regional Australia is the engine room driving our national recovery from COVID-19. I highlighted stories of successful businesses…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Mental wellbeing prioritised, Nominations open for Veterans’ Employment Awards, Grants for drought resilience

Mental wellbeing prioritised I was pleased to announce last week that another round of funding is available for Men’s Sheds in my electorate under the National Shed Development Programme. Men’s Sheds are vital in providing a safe space for men to talk and work on meaningful projects – they have become a focal point for…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Harvest labour support for farmers, Backing our Indigenous students, Holiday Here This Year

Photo Caption: Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with (L-R) Robert Clements, Clontarf Foundation Regional Manager Central West NSW; Chad Parkes, Employment Officer and Malakai Gibbs, Alumni. This year’s Federal Budget delivers immediate support for more Indigenous Australian students, through $39.8 million over four years for the Clontarf Foundation. Harvest labour support for farmers Our agriculture…