One year on, China-Australia FTA Delivers

Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the ground-breaking China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said ChaFTA has given local farmers and businesses a competitive advantage that is driving exports and creating new jobs. “ChAFTA is the most favourable trade deal China has ever done with a developed economy,” Mr Coulton…

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Coalition delivers new mobile coverage to Western NSW

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton today announced that new mobile base stations to improve mobile coverage under round 2 of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program will be deployed at Ballimore, Westella and Yellow Mountain. “I’m so pleased to announce new coverage for areas around Dubbo including Ballimore and Westella,” Mr Coulton said.…

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Shop small this Christmas

As Australians prepare to spend around $50 billion in the lead-up to Christmas Day, Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has urged residents across Western and Far West New South Wales to shop small in their local communities. “The coming month is when many local businesses take risks, make investments and employ more locals in…

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Let’s Build Better Regions in the Parkes Electorate

The Coalition Government’s new Building Better Regions Fund will invest in projects that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger rural, regional and remote communities into the future. This new $297 million fund launched by Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said BBRF will deliver infrastructure projects and community activities located outside the…

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Coulton welcomes MDBA’s proposed Basin Plan amendments

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA) proposed Basin Plan amendments and public consultation schedule resulting from its Northern Basin Review (NBR). Mr Coulton has supported the NBR and the direction it has taken under Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce. “The Northern…

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Rural General Practice Grants now available

Teaching, training and retaining the next generation of health workers in rural, regional and remote Australia is a priority for the Coalition Government. Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the Coalition Government’s move to streamline the former Rural and Regional Teaching Infrastructure Grants program to better respond to the needs of rural communities…

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$27 million to boost disaster resilience in NSW

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton today welcomed $27 million in funding for communities in New South Wales to enhance their resilience to natural disasters. Projects are jointly supported with Commonwealth Government funding matched by New South Wales and funding recipients. This funding encourages a partnership approach with the funding recipients, helping to build a…

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Tailored support for Indigenous university students

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the passing of amendments to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 by Parliament last week. The amendments, introduced into the chamber by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, will deliver significant benefits to Indigenous students, including those who study at Charles Sturt University Dubbo Campus, University…

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Men’s Sheds support local men’s health

Local community Men’s Shed will share in a total of over $18,000 from the Coalition Government to promote and support men’s health and wellbeing across Western New South Wales. The grants are part of $400,000 in national funding which will be distributed to 93 community Men’s Sheds across Australia. Announcing the grants today, Federal Member…

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