New teacher accommodation for St Patrick’s School

Students and staff at St Patrick’s School in Brewarrina will benefit from a new four bedroom principal house and three two bedroom houses thanks to $756,000 in funding from the Federal Government. Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, officially opened the new facility today on behalf of the Minister for Education Dan Tehan. “It was great…

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Extra support for Dubbo farmers

Centrelink’s Dubbo Service Centre is opening its doors this Saturday to provide extra support to farmers in the severely drought-affected region. Specialist staff from the Department of Human Services will be on hand from 10am to 12pm to provide farmers with personalised assistance to complete their Farm Household Allowance (FHA) claim forms and to connect…

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Educational kits, funding marks Armistice Centenary

Schools across the Parkes electorate have already started receiving their annual educational kits in preparation for Remembrance Day, this year marking the centenary of the First World War Armistice. Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the kits are timely, also announcing three more successful recipients of the Australian Government’s Armistice Centenary Grants in Dubbo, Condobolin…

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Apply now – $40 million for aged care infrastructure

A new $40 million Federal Government grants scheme will boost infrastructure for aged care providers and improve the quality of life for seniors in the Parkes electorate. Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said aged care providers can apply now for one-off grants of up to $500,000 to undertake infrastructure extensions. “The new Aged Care Regional,…

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Hidden gems in the Parkes electorate

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton says the Coalition Government’s new campaign to highlight lesser known tourist destinations is timely, with dry times prevailing across his electorate. The UnDiscover Australia campaign was launched by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham recently, and aims to lure more visitors to visit some of the unexpected destinations…

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Calling ag innovators in the Parkes electorate

• Applications are now open to young Australian researchers, innovators and scientists through the 2019 Science and Innovation Awards • The Awards recognise big ideas that contribute to the success of Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors • Chance to share in $286,000 with grants of up to $22,000 across 13 industry categories Young agricultural…

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Narrabri Roundtable sparkes investment discussion for Inland Rail

The Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Member for Parkes Mark Coulton today attended an Inland Rail stakeholder roundtable hosted by the Narrabri Shire Council as yet another important community consultation on the Inland Rail. The roundtable brings together federal, state and local governments, as well as industry representatives and the Australian Rail Track Corporation…

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Island Creek Bridge open for business

Lachlan Valley Way road users will reap the benefits of a replacement of Island Creek Bridge on Fairholme Road, with works now complete. Member for Parkes Mark Coulton joined with Lachlan Shire Council Mayor John Medcalf to officially open the bridge today, which has been funded under round three of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal…

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Environmental approvals pave the way for Parkes to Narromine Inland Rail construction

The Australian and New South Wales Governments have given the green light for construction to commence on the Parkes to Narromine section of Inland Rail. Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said Inland Rail will bring jobs and opportunities, improve connectivity and increase freight productivity for…

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Safer roads for heavy vehicles in Parkes electorate

Heavy vehicle routes in the Parkes electorate will soon be more efficient, more reliable and safer thanks to more than $14 million in upgrades being funded under the Coalition Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program. Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said the funding is a huge win for vital agriculture and transport industries as…

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