Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 28 September 2018

Innovation for irrigators I was pleased to attend an event near Narromine recently, to launch Australia’s biggest solar diesel hybrid pumping system, installed by Australian company, ReAqua. I was joined by NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, and Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, as the pump was switched on for the very first time…

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Indonesia trade deal

Indonesia trade deal I’m pleased that Australia and Indonesia have successfully concluded negotiations on the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), deepening our economic and security cooperation with one of our major trading partners. Indonesia is one of the largest economies in the world, and building the economic ties between our nations will lead to…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 31 August 2018

Aussie grown is best Demand for Aussie grown produce both domestically and in international markets is on the rise. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resources Economics recently released its Food demand in Australia report to outline key trends. Australia’s food exports have increased by 6.5 per cent a year since 2009-10 to $39 billion…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 24 August 2018

More sustainable higher education The Coalition Government’s plan for a more sustainable higher education student loans scheme has passed the Parliament. This means future generations will have access to study opportunities at Australia’s world-class institutions, which is good news for the student community right across the Parkes electorate. Under the changes, a student loan will…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 17 August 2018

STEM grants open for inspiring students From creating robots to attending space camps and events like the International Science and Engineering Fair, students across the Parkes electorate now have the chance to live their science dreams. The latest round of the Australian Government’s Sponsorship Grants is now open to primary and high school students to…

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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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