Empowering YOUth round 2 now open

The Coalition Government’s focus on ensuring young Australians are job ready has been strengthened with the launch of grant guidelines for the second round of the Empowering YOUth Initiatives. Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the Government is inviting not-for-profit community organisations to put forward innovative ways to help young people at…

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National day to focus on Youth Mental Health

Today marks the inaugural National headspace Day – a national day of awareness aimed at ensuring that every young Australian knows how to get help for mental health issues if they need it, regardless of where they live. This headspace Day, Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has reminded all young members of local communities…

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Local students to benefit from VET Student Loans

The Coalition Government’s new VET Student Loans program is a “win-win” for local students and taxpayers that will ensure public funding is used only to support high quality vocational and skills courses. Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said the new VET Student Loans will be introduced from 1 January 2017, replacing Labor’s failed VET…

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Dubbo airport set to fly high as new funding approved

• Dubbo airport upgrade to become reality under Round 3 of Coalition’s National Stronger Regions Fund • The Coalition Government will invest $6.685 to upgrade the Dubbo City Regional Airport and its Aeromedical Facilities • 50 construction jobs expected to be created within the Dubbo and broader Orana region The Dubbo City Regional Airport upgrade…

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Electorate office set for Broken Hill

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has received permission to open a third electorate office in Broken Hill and is advertising for staff. Mr Coulton welcomed the news from Special Minister of State, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan after undertaking negotiations to increase his entitlement to three electorate offices based in Dubbo, Moree and Broken…

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Upgrade set for amenities block at Gulargambone Racecourse and Showground

The Trustee for Gulargambone Racecourse and Showground Trust has been successful in securing funding from the Commonwealth Government to upgrade the amenities block at the local showground and racecourse. Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton today announced $20,000 towards this upgrade project through Round 2 of the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Programme (SCP). Mr Coulton…

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Win for local farmers with proposed backpacker tax rate cut

The proposed 32.5 per cent tax rate that was to apply to working holiday visa holders from July 1 will be slashed to 19 per cent following strong representations by The Nationals in Government. Federal Member for the electorate of Parkes Mark Coulton said the change recognised the importance of keeping regional economies strong. “Agriculture…

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Golden Wattle comes to the Central West

The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre ‘Golden Wattle’ will hit the road to give people in Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo easy access to essential government payments and services in October. Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge said the new vehicle demonstrated the government’s ongoing commitment to access to government services for all Australians, no matter…

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