COULTON’S CATCH UP 14TH DECEMBER

I am very pleased to confirm that the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will enter into force on Sunday, 20 December 2015 opening up fantastic opportunities for our local exporters.   This announcement by the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP follows the ‘exchange of notes’ between both countries in…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 7TH DECEMBER

Following the Paris climate talks last week, local governments throughout the electorate of Parkes now have the opportunity to cut their energy bills and reduce emissions as part of a new a $250 million loan package under the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). Local councils could invest in clean technology across their operations,…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 30TH NOVEMBER

With only one parliamentary sitting week left for 2015, the Coalition Government is working very hard to address some of the key issues facing our communities.   One of these is mental health.  Last week the Coalition Government released its response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programme and Services.  The…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 16TH NOVEMBER

Businesses, councils and not-for-profit organisations in Parkes have an opportunity to secure funding from the Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme to help create more jobs and to strengthen and diversify the local economy. This follows the announcement by the Australian and NSW governments that $14.1 million of funding would soon be available to…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 9TH NOVEMBER

Last week marked one month since the commencement of the Government’s new National Work Experience Programme which aims to help job seekers gain valuable experience in workplaces around the country.   I am a big supporter of this programme as it gives job seekers the opportunity to experience a placement in a work-like role so…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 2ND NOVEMBER

I welcome last week’s announcement by the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP of a $20 million Volunteer Grant funding round.   This Commonwealth Government funding provides a fantastic opportunity for community organisations to apply for grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to assist their volunteers by helping to make their work…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 26TH OCTOBER

Exporters and producers throughout rural and regional New South Wales are now one step closer to experiencing the range of benefits from the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).   The enabling legislation for this landmark agreement passed through the House of Representatives last week after the Coalition Government secured bipartisan support for the agreement.  …

COULTON’S CATCH UP 19TH OCTOBER

Ahead of the 2016 federal election, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) last week released details of its proposal for changes to the federal electoral boundaries in New South Wales (NSW).   Under the proposed changes, the Parkes electorate would see a rather significant increase in its geographic size.  Currently this electorate covers almost one third…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 12TH OCTOBER

Last week marked three months since the release of the Coalition Government’s $4 billion Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.  This Paper contains a range of initiatives designed to deliver practical support to the agricultural sector.    I am very pleased to report that implementation of programmes and policies under this Paper is progressing well with farmers…