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Connectivity key to unlocking regional benefits from Inland Rail

The Liberal and Nationals Government is rolling out a $44 million program and enhancing its network of offices in the bush to support regional communities and industry to better connect to Inland Rail and the benefits that flow from fast, reliable and cost-competitive freight rail. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional…

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Study hub opens for North West students

University students living in the Moree and Narrabri areas will have access to a new study hub with modern IT equipment and tutoring and mentoring services to better support them in their studies. Minister for Education Dan Tehan and Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government and Member for Parkes Mark Coulton today officially…

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Funding to improve heavy vehicle driver safety

A $5,000 grant has been allocated to a local initiative that will improve heavy vehicle driver safety on the Newell Highway, through the 2019 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative. Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the funding has been awarded to road safety advocate Rod Hannifey as part of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s safety fund,…

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More data delivered on NBN Sky Muster

The Coalition Government welcomes today’s launch of NBN Co’s new Sky Muster Plus product, which will offer unmetered data for essential broadband activities like browsing, emails and specific software updates. Sky Muster Plus will provide unmetered data for essential daily tasks, meaning that some online browsing activities like completing school work, banking, accessing health or…

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Have your say on regional communications

The Coalition Government is seeking input on a new program focused on improving digital connectivity for people living in regional and rural Australia. Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher, today released a discussion paper on the Regional Connectivity Program, with the Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government,…

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Minister discusses NSW priorities with country mayors

From Albury to Bega, Broken Hill to Gunnedah and everywhere in between, 79 mayors from across the state met in Sydney today to discuss priorities for regional and rural areas. Speaking at the Country Mayors Association of New South Wales event, Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government, Mark Coulton used the meeting to…

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Funding on offer to build Stronger Communities

Eligible organisations in the Parkes electorate are being urged to apply for their share of $150,000 in funding under a new round of the popular Stronger Communities Programme (SCP). Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the Liberal and Nationals Government will fund up to 20 local community infrastructure projects across his electorate, with grants ranging…

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Inland Rail regional office opening in Moree

A new regional office will open soon in Moree to support communities and local businesses from Narrabri to the New South Wales/Queensland border to identify and connect to the benefits of Inland Rail. A strong advocate for the design and delivery of Inland Rail, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development,…

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Get involved, says local MP – NAIDOC Week

The local Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, is encouraging his constituents to engage with Australia’s unique culture and heritage this NAIDOC Week. This year NAIDOC Week takes on the theme Voice. Treaty. Truth – Let’s work together for a shared future, echoing the call for constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Mr…

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Mark Coulton officially sworn-in to 46th Parliament

The Hon. Mark Coulton MP has been officially sworn-in as Member for Parkes for the fifth time, with the commencement of the 46th Parliament in Canberra this week. Mr Coulton was recently appointed Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government, and retains his existing role as Assistant Trade and Investment Minister. “I am very…

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