National plan to rid the ‘rabbit of the river’

European carp in Western New South Wales (NSW) are in the Government’s sights with $15 million committed in the 2016 Budget for a historic plan to rid our waterways of one of the country’s most damaging pests within 30 years. Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said the National Carp Control Plan outlines the intended…

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New nbn satellite broadband services launched

Residents living in Western New South Wales (NSW) can begin to connect to affordable, high-speed broadband with the launch of services on nbn’s Sky Muster satellite network. Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the official launch of nbn’s commercial Sky Muster broadband service. “This is great news particularly for people in the more…

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Warrumbungle Shire even more prepared for future bush fires

Residents in the Warrumbungle Shire will benefit from a share in joint Commonwealth-State funding of $2.59 million for projects to help better protect New South Wales (NSW) communities from the threat of bush fire. Visiting Coonabarabran last week, Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said this funding commitment would contribute $110,000 to the NSW Rural…

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Brewarrina Shire set to benefit from Drought project

Brewarrina Shire Council has received a significant boost, with $495,000 approved from its $1.5 million allocation to build much needed infrastructure projects under the Coalition Government’s $35 million Drought Communities Programme. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce said the three approved projects would boost economic activity and help create…

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Funding to keep Narrabri Museum safe and secure

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton was pleased to present the Narrabri and District Historical Society with a cheque for over $5,000 which will go towards an electrical upgrade for the local museum. In Narrabri today, Mr Coulton said that the upgrade works will help to keep both the museum site and its displays safe…

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Baradine CWA hall set for a makeover

The Baradine branch of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales (NSW) has received over $8,000 towards the renovation of its hall. Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton enjoyed meeting with members in Baradine yesterday where he presented President of the Baradine CWA, Nea Worrell with a cheque. Like CWA halls right across rural…

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Coonabarabran’s Memorial Wall gets some further attention

Members of what is affectionately known as Coonabarabran’s “Dead People Society” (DPS) are set to undertake further work at the iconic Memorial Wall at the old Coonabarabran cemetery. Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has presented the DPS Local and Family History Group with a cheque for over $5,000 which will contribute to the group’s…

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Sheep join the war on weeds

High tech collars fitted to sheep could be the next frontier when it comes to controlling the spread of weeds, with the CSIRO receiving almost $300,000 from the Australian Government to research and develop a ‘virtual fence’ system for farms. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce said the project…

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New campaign to break the cycle of violence against women

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has urged communities across Western New South Wales to get involved in a national campaign on how disrespect towards girls can grow into something more serious. Stop it at the start aims to help families, teachers, sports coaches and others challenge their own views about respectful relationships and gender…

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