Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 25 January 2019

Funding for pests and weeds Applications are open now for a new grants program that offers funding for pest and weed management projects. All 18 local councils in the Parkes electorate can apply via a competitive process to deliver projects under the Communities Combating Pests and Weed Impacts During Drought Program – Biosecurity Management of…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 18 January 2019

Apply now – drought small grants Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) is offering drought funding to assist communities in the region. WNSW PHN will provide small grants within the range of $5,000 and $50,000 under the Australian Government’s Empowering our Communities Program. These grants will support wellbeing initiatives, upskill workers in the delivery…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 11 January 2019

Menindee fish kill Readers would now be aware of the recent fish kill at Menindee Lakes. This is a concerning issue and I continue to monitor the situation closely. I am advised that the deaths appear to be linked to the short spell of cooler weather before Christmas that caused algae to die. This meant…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 14 December 2018

A positive week for infrastructure and health Last week was momentous with the official sod turn of the nation-building Inland Rail project taking place near Parkes on Thursday – a project which compelled me to get off the tractor on the farm near Warialda and join politics. Inland Rail is a 1700km rail line between…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 7 December 2018

Parliament sitting comes to a close Last week was the final Parliamentary sitting week for 2018, and I will return to Canberra again early next year. With the break comes a chance to travel across the electorate with commitments at community events and meetings with constituents. It is always enjoyable getting back to my electorate…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 30 November 2018

Protect against Q fever Q fever is an infectious disease that is almost always related to direct or indirect contact with animals including cattle, sheep or goats. Unfortunately the prevalence of this disease has been amplified recently due to increased hand-feeding and other management practices required on-farm during the drought. At the moment, Q fever…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 16 November 2018

Greater access for regional students Those in regional and remote communities will have greater access to higher education, as a result of the Coalition Government’s recent announcement of an additional $134.8 million. Every Australian should have access to our world-leading higher education system. Our Government’s investment will give students in my electorate greater choice and…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 9 November 2018

Visa program changes to benefit farmers The Coalition Government has made changes to two visa programs that will help resolve agricultural labour shortages in the Parkes electorate, assisting farmers to continue to do what they do best. Adjustments to the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) subclass 417 and 462 visa program have been designed to target…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 2 November 2018

Travels through Western NSW Last week saw me travel to eight towns in the Parkes electorate. Commencing in Dubbo and heading on to Warren, I visited the Men’s Sheds at both Warren and Trangie, which each successfully received grants under the Federal Government’s National Shed Development Programme. Warren Men’s Shed will use their $2,000 for…

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