Macquarie Marshes and River Festival is back

After a 10-year hiatus the Macquarie Marshes and River Festival went off without a hitch earlier this month. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, who met with the event organisers today, said he was extremely pleased that the festival, also known as the Warraan Festival, was such a success. “Designed to showcase the Macquarie Marshes,…

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Mental health investment in Parkes electorate

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has announced a mental health investment of $6 million in the Parkes electorate, further supporting communities affected by the drought. The funding is part of the Coalition Government’s additional $15.5 million to support mental health services throughout Australia, and will deliver $3 million each over two years from 2018-2019 to…

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Grants set to flow for community groups, Coulton announces

Not-for-profit community organisations in the Parkes electorate can now apply for small grants to deliver projects in drought-affected areas, through the Coalition Government’s $15 million investment in the Regional Drought Communities Small Grants Program. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is urging eligible community organisations to start applying for the funding.  “As the tough times…

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Celebrating the Parkes electorate’s hardworking teachers

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is encouraging students and schools in his electorate to acknowledge the hard work of its teachers and celebrate World Teachers’ Day this Friday 26 October. Mr Coulton said teachers and school leaders play a critical role in the lives of children. “Everyone can remember the teachers who had the biggest…

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Supporting successful business women – Telstra Awards

Nominations are open for local business women to be recognised through the prestigious 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is encouraging those in the Parkes electorate to consider nominating a successful business woman in their area. “These Awards are a chance to shine a light on women who have challenged the…

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New markets for Aussie exporters – TPP-11

Legislation associated with one of the most comprehensive trade deals ever concluded providing exporters, including those in western NSW, with access to new markets across the Americas and Asia, has passed Parliament this week. Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) Agreement will create…

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Funding for a better headspace

Mental health care for young Australians is set for a $51.8 million funding boost. Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the Federal Government’s extra investment in the national network of headspace centres and the digital portal, eheadspace, will benefit young people in his electorate. “Young people will soon have access to additional services, shorter wait…

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Saluting Their Service – Ivanhoe Central School

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has commended Ivanhoe Central School on successfully receiving a $1,364 grant, under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service commemorations program. Mr Coulton said Ivanhoe Central School will use the funding to install a flagpole in the school’s memorial garden to be used in ANZAC and Remembrance Day ceremonies. “I would…

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Saluting Their Service – Baradine Rusty Club

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has commended The Baradine Rusty Club on successfully receiving a $2,728 grant, under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service commemorations program. Mr Coulton said The Rusty Club will use the funds to restore a Second World War QF 25-pounder cannon and carriage to utilise on ANZAC and Remembrance Day. “I…

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