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Concern for Wilcannia Weir Project

Friday, 9 February 2024  Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has raised concerns about the design of the Wilcannia Weir in a speech to Federal Parliament. “I’d like to bring to the attention of the House an issue that’s very concerning in my electorate, and that is the design, and the change of the design,…

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Southern Cross Care receives much-needed funding

Photo: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with CEO of Southern Cross Care Mr Bernard Nankivell After months of uncertainty, Broken Hill’s sole aged care provider is set to receive $4.4 million in Federal funding under the Market Adjustment Program. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has been working to advocate for Southern Cross Care…

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Basin Plan passing a very dark day for Australia

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has condemned the passing of amendments to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan today in the Senate as a dark day for Australia. After furious campaigning from the Coalition and concerned community members and stakeholders to prevent the cementing of water buybacks back into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, the Parliament has…

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Renewables plan to drive up cost of living

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said Labor’s plan to underwrite a five-fold increase in new government-backed renewables across Australia will have profoundly damaging consequences in the Parkes electorate and continue to drive up the cost of living. Energy Minister Chris Bowen has initiated a market intervention to achieve Labor’s 82 per cent renewables by…

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Have your say on the Regional Investment Corporation

The Federal Government is seeking submissions from interested stakeholders and the public to inform a review of the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) Act. The RIC has allowed farming loans to be provided to many farm and small businesses to assist them through difficulties including drought, and Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is urging constituents…

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Inquiry calls for feedback into flood insurance

An inquiry is currently being conducted into insurers’ responses to 2022 major flood claims, with affected constituents from the Parkes electorate called to participate. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is encouraging residents of the Parkes electorate who experienced the devastation of the 2022 floods to take part in a survey on the process of…

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Appalling infrastructure cuts hit the Parkes electorate

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton speaks to a press conference on infrastructure in Parliament House, 16 November 2023 Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is appalled by the results of the Labor Government’s Infrastructure Review, released today. After taking more than double the expected 90 days, the Labor Government’s Independent Strategic Review…

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Gilgandra students lay wreath in Hall of Memory

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with students from Gilgandra Public School at the Australian War Memorial   Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton met with students and teachers from Gilgandra Public School at the Australian War Memorial this morning as part of the School Wreath Laying Ceremony Program. The School Wreath Laying…

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On Farm Connectivity Program now open

Applications are now open for Round 1 of the On Farm Connectivity Program (OFCP), a new grants program designed to increase the uptake of agtech amongst Australian primary producers. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has welcomed news of this program, which is intended to boost productivity, growth and sustainability through connected technology in the…

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