Coulton’s Catch Up – Improving the health of our rivers, New veteran wellbeing grants, Grants open for soil carbon measurement projects, Scholarships for rural students

Improving the health of our rivers The Coalition Government is committed to improving the health of rivers in the Murray-Darling Basin, and I was pleased to join some of my National Party colleagues for a few exciting announcements for the Parkes electorate last week. We are providing $80 million to New South Wales to deliver…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Australia Day celebrations, Exciting week of openings, Flood recovery grants for small businesses

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (second from right) pictured with Lachlan Shire Council General Manager Greg Tory, Citizen of the Year Dr Khaled Bardawil, Australia Day Ambassador Donna Burton from Coonabarabran, Australia Day Award winner Sue Nicholls, Sportsperson of the Year Dylan Bendell and Mayor John Medcalf OAM in Lake Cargelligo. Australia…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Improving disability support for local Indigenous people, Funding available for remote airstrips, Reflect, respect and celebrate Australia Day, Backing women in STEM

Improving disability support for local Indigenous people Five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations in the Parkes electorate have received funding from the Federal Government to improve delivery of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support services. Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Health Service, Brewarrina Aboriginal Medical Service, Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service, Pius X Aboriginal Corporation and…

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Coulon’s Catch Up – Powering local community groups, Supporting country shows, Changes to Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, National plan to end violence against women and children

Powering local community groups Power bills are often one of the biggest overheads for not-for-profit organisations, so I was thrilled to announce last week that 10 community groups in the Parkes electorate will share in a total of $67,700 to help reduce their energy costs. Provided through the Federal Government’s Powering Communities Program, the grants…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Free RATs for concession card holders, Grants for flood-affected primary producers, Building drought resilient leaders

Free RATs for concession card holders The Prime Minister announced last week that 6.6 million pensioners and Commonwealth concession card holders will have access to free Rapid Antigen Tests, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country. Up to 10 tests will be available over three months (a maximum of five in a month)…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Christmas gift for local volunteers, Funds on offer to build better regions, Disaster allowance now available, Christmas wishes

Christmas gift for local volunteers Last week I was thrilled to announce that a total of 30 community groups in the Parkes electorate will share in more than $109,000 under the latest round of the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants program. Volunteers play a vital role in shaping this electorate; they give countless hours of their…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Catching up with local communities, Attracting more doctors to the bush, An early Christmas present for two Men’s Sheds, Applications open for Regional Connectivity Program

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (fourth from right) pictured with members of the Mendooran Men’s Shed. Catching up with local communities I had a big week on the road last week, visiting a number of community groups throughout the Warrumbungle and Coonamble shires. It was great to stop and catch up with…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Flooding across the Parkes electorate, Heavy vehicle safety grants on offer, Calling for innovative ideas to help fill local jobs

Flooding across the Parkes electorate Widespread rainfall and flooding has impacted large parts of the Parkes electorate over the past week, and my thoughts go out to all those people who have been displaced, isolated or had property damaged by flood water. Our farmers in particular have been dealt a cruel blow, as hopes of…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – $9.8 million for hydrogen project, world-class health facilities on show, out and about in the Warrumbungle and Lachlan shires, Fostering drought resilient leaders

$9.8 million for hydrogen project in Lake Cargelligo Last week I was thrilled to visit Graphite Energy’s Energy Storage Centre at Lake Cargelligo to announce a whopping $9.8 million in funding for a low-cost green hydrogen project they’re working on in partnership with Toshiba International Corporation and MGA Thermal. This funding, provided through the Federal…

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