Coulton’s Catch Up – Regional Connectivity Program open, Funding flows to councils for local infrastructure, NAIDOC Week grants on offer

Regional Connectivity Program open I’m pleased that applications for the Australian Government’s $53 million Regional Connectivity Program are now open. In my role as Regional Communications Minister, I have been working to ensure this Program targets investment in local telecommunications infrastructure projects to maximise economic and social opportunities in the bush. Telcos, regional communities, regional…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Help save lives this DonateLife Week, Creating connections with FlatTrack, Economic lifeline continues, Scholarships for local students

Photo Caption: As DonateLife week 2020 kicks off, Federal Member for Parkes and Minister for Regional Health Mark Coulton is urging everyone to register as a donor with the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR). Help save lives this DonateLife Week As DonateLife week 2020 kicks off, I’m urging everybody to discuss organ and tissue donation…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Celebrating regions with DPM in town, Solid week in the west, Respiratory clinics continue to roll out

Photo Caption: Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with President of Wilcannia Forbes Central Council of St Vincent de Paul Society, Leo Woodman, at St Vincent de Paul in Broken Hill, which will upgrade its Bishop Fox meal facility with more than $336,000 under the Building Better Regions Fund. Celebrating regions with DPM in town It…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Supporting regional communities, Helping small business lower power bills, Small business tax cuts

Photo Caption: Member for Parkes Mark Coulton attended the Namoi Unlimited board meeting and workshops at the Roxy Theatre in Bingara last week – Namoi Unlimited is a joint organisation of several councils in New South Wales, which includes two member councils in the Parkes electorate. Supporting regional communities It was great to be at…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Making a difference to the west, Dropping into Dunedoo, Lachlan Shire forging ahead

Photo Caption: Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with (L-R) Angelo Pippos, Alan Bennett, Ted Fernando and Alistair Ferguson at Orana Haven Aboriginal Corporation’s rehabilitation centre at Gongolgon, south of Brewarrina. Making a difference to the west Many miles were covered last week with another busy period on the road in the Parkes electorate. On Monday…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Expanding the role of the National Rural Health Commissioner, Parkes Airports to take off with Federal Government funding

Expanding the role of the National Rural Health Commissioner The Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to improve health outcomes for regional Australians by expanding the Office of the National Rural Health Commissioner and making the role permanent. Legislation I introduced to extend the Office passed both houses of Parliament this week, ensuring communities…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – National Rural Health Commissioner Bill, Instant Asset Write-off Extended, Farm Household Allowance Improved

National Rural Health Commissioner Bill I took great pride in introducing legislation in the House of Representatives, which will see the continuation and extension of the Office of the National Rural Health Commissioner. The legislation will ensure rural communities and the rural health workforce will continue to have an independent advocate. The Office will take…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – BBRF packs a punch for Parkes electorate, Helping older Australians stay connected, Aussie made campaign

BBRF packs a punch for Parkes electorate A highlight of my week was sharing the exciting news that the Parkes electorate stands to benefit from a whopping $18.8 million under the latest round of the Federal Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). A real standout was Cobar Shire Council which will receive a mammoth…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – $21 million for Parkes electorate projects, FRRR community cash injection, Volunteers rewarded

$21 million for Parkes electorate projects During the week I was joined by the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack to announce a $1.8 billion boost for road and community projects through councils across Australia. Councils in the Parkes electorate will receive more than $21 million in new funding, as part of the package. The investment…

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