COULTON’S CATCH UP 27TH JULY

With Parliament’s winter break still in full swing, I have enjoyed having the opportunity to get out and about and visit more towns across the Parkes electorate.   Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Coonabarabran, Warren and Nyngan as well as spending time in Moree and Dubbo.    During my visits, I was…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 20TH JULY

Last week, I was pleased to be given the opportunity to tour the northern NSW Murray Darling Basin with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Bob Baldwin.   Also joining us on the tour was the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder together with representatives from the Department of the Environment and…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 13TH JULY

With Federal Parliament currently on what is known as its “winter break,” you would be forgiven for thinking that I am currently lounging around on a tropical island enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather.   Sadly from a weather point of view, like most of the residents of the Parkes electorate, I too have been…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 6TH JULY

Over the weekend, the Coalition Government released its much anticipated Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.   This White Paper delivers on a key Coalition election commitment and sets the future direction of agricultural policy to drive long-term growth and prosperity across rural and regional Australia.   For the first time, Australia has a long-term plan to…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 29TH JUNE

Rural and regional Australia are once again benefiting from significant funding announcements from the Coalition Government.   Last week’s Mobile Black Spot Programme announcement was of enormous importance to local residents.  Mobile phone coverage is no longer a luxury and this Government is committed to making sure that the people of rural and regional Australia…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 22ND JUNE

The 21st National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA) was held in Canberra last week.    At the NGA, the Australian Rural Road Group (ARRG) held its Annual General Meeting.  I was pleased to be invited by the ARRG to speak at their meeting.   The ARRG is a non-political organisation of over 100 rural…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 15TH JUNE

Last week, I attended the NSW Nationals Annual General Conference in the Hunter Valley. The Nationals have 24 Members in the NSW Parliament.  All of these Members attended the conference, including Deputy Premier and Leader of the NSW Nationals, the Hon Troy Grant.   The conference was also attended by some of my Federal Nationals…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 8TH JUNE

Renewable energy was on the agenda again in Parliament last week, with the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill up for debate. The proposed legislative amendments contained in the bill restore some balance in the Renewable Energy Target (RET) Scheme.  They also bring the RET back to a more achievable level.   Renewable energy plays an…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 1 JUNE

Last week in Canberra, I had the pleasure of meeting the students from the current Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program.  During their visit to Parliament House, the students were treated to a special meeting with Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP.    The students also met with some of my other…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 25TH MAY

There has been a significant amount of discussion in the community of late around the growing use of crystal methamphetamine, known as ‘ice’. Last week, Assistant Minister for Health, Senator The Hon Fiona Nash, visited Dubbo where she undertook a community consultation with local professionals and organisations involved with tackling drug and alcohol issues across…