Coulton’s Catch up – week ending 10 August 2018

On the road I have been on the road again travelling throughout my electorate, this time with my colleague Dr John McVeigh, Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government. Last week Dr McVeigh and I met with Moree Plains Shire Council to discuss further opportunities to build upon the economic and social benefits of…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 3 August 2018

Grants for sporting infrastructure I encourage local sporting groups in the Parkes electorate to apply for funding available through a national grant program that will boost community sporting infrastructure. The $29.7 million Community Sport Infrastructure grant program was recently launched by Federal Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie. This grant program enables sport and community organisations to…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 27 July 2018

Federal Government drought assistance Most of the Parkes electorate is experiencing the ongoing challenges of the current drought. Dry conditions continue across almost all of New South Wales, and I can see the devastation many communities are facing as a result of this. I recently travelled west through my electorate to places like Narromine, Warren,…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 20 July 2018

Funding for financially vulnerable I am calling on local community organisations to apply for funding to support financially vulnerable Australians access critical services in the Parkes electorate. The Federal Government is providing $328 million in grant funding for community organisations to administer financial crisis assistance and education programs, through the Financial Wellbeing and Capability Activity…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 13 July

On the road across the Parkes electorate I spent last week on the road, travelling from Moree to Narrabri, Dubbo to Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Cobar, Wilcannia and Menindee to Broken Hill, and everywhere in between. The Parkes electorate is just shy of 400,000 square kilometres, and often the best way to serve its many and…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 6 July

Country of Origin Labelling Country of Origin Labelling became law on 1 July 2018. From 1 July 2016, they were optional and have now become mandatory. Food produced or manufactured from 1 July 2018 and sold in retail stores in Australia must display Country of Origin labels, meaning customers can now easily choose Aussie produce. …

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 29 June

Australian Aid: Friendship Grants As the Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, as well as Member for the Parkes electorate, I am pleased to share the news about Australian Aid Friendship Grants. These grants will bring a new and diverse group of community partners from across Australia into the aid program by awarding grants…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 22 June

More support in dry times In early June 2018 I hosted the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud, and Ministers John McVeigh and Bridget McKenzie on a visit to drought-affected areas in my electorate. We visited Philip and Ashlea Miles at their property “Strathmore” via Trangie, met…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 15 June 2018

Tackling the scourge of ice The Coalition Government is delivering on its strategy to tackle the scourge of ice in our communities, and I’m pleased to announce another four Local Drug Action Teams (LDATs) will be established across the Parkes electorate. These LDATs are Kirkala-Pithiluku Aboriginal Corporation at Broken Hill, Moree Local Drug Action Team,…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 8 June 2018

Mental health a priority in the bush With dry times impacting heavily on many of the farming communities across the Parkes electorate, I am pleased to advise the Coalition Government will provide funding to support the mental health of farmers, as well as mining workers and Indigenous Australians living in rural and regional Australia.  Two…

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