Coulton’s Catch Up: Support for aged care in Broken Hill; Leesons win team of the year; Parliament is recalled

Support for aged care in Broken Hill After months of uncertainty, I’m pleased that Broken Hill’s sole aged care facility Southern Cross Care is set to receive $4.4 million in Federal funding. I’ve been in discussion with representatives from Southern Cross Care and the office of the Minister for Aged Care many times over recent…

Coulton’s Catch Up: Buybacks legislated; Labor rushing to meet renewables target; Events around the Parkes electorate

Buybacks legislated On Thursday 30 November amendments to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan passed the Parliament, legislating uncapped water buybacks into Federal water management policy. While Minister Plibersek and Senator Wong celebrated the development, it was a dark day for agricultural communities in the Murray-Darling Basin, and for Australia as a whole. This legislation cannot and…

Coulton’s Catch Up: Inquiry calls for feedback into flood insurance; Have your say on the Regional Investment Corporation; Work experience student program

Photo caption: Flooding in Condobolin, 2022   Inquiry calls for feedback into flood insurance A Federal Inquiry is currently being conducted into insurers’ responses to 2022 major flood claims, and I’m encouraging affected constituents to participate. I’ve been contacted by many residents from areas as far afield as Gunnedah, Wee Waa and Narrabri who have…

Coulton’s Catch Up: Labor cuts key infrastructure; The Basin comes to Parliament; Threats are not acceptable

Labor cuts key infrastructure I’m appalled by the results of the Labor Government’s Infrastructure Review, part of which was released last Thursday, with more detail expected to be revealed. The Minister for Infrastructure has cut the Moree Intermodal Overpass and the Northern NSW Inland Port at Narrabri which are crucial elements of the Inland Rail.…

Coulton’s Catch Up: Funding for Remote Airstrips; On Farm Connectivity Program opens; Dubbo Regional Sports Awards 2023

Funding for Remote Airstrips Applications are now being sought for Round 10 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program, which will provide up to $12 million in grant funding for airstrips in remote areas nationwide. I’m pleased to see this initiative of the former Coalition Government continued, and anticipate many much-needed improvements to remote airstrips as…

Coulton’s Catch Up: Winning photo announced; Rhino Awards highlight business excellence; Cost of living continues to cripple households and businesses

Winning photo announced A striking and iconic photo entitled “Sunrise at Kangaroo Hill” near Lightning Ridge has been chosen as the winner of my 2023 Christmas Card Photo Competition. This image was taken by Naomi Stone and captures the vibrant sunrises and rugged beauty of the Far West. ‘Sunrise at Kangaroo Hill’ was one of a…