New legislation to help farmers manage tough times

The Coalition Government has today introduced legislation delivering on a key Ag White Paper initiative to strengthen the Farm Management Deposit (FMD) scheme, enabling farmers to better manage during periods of uncertainty.   Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has introduced…

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Coulton welcomes appointment of first Small Business Ombudsman

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the announcement of the Government’s first Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman describing it is a big win for small businesses across Western New South Wales.    “Small businesses are the backbone of local economies right across the federal electorate of Parkes and we need to…

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Artlands Dubbo 2016 receives Commonwealth support

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s support for Artlands Dubbo 2016, the Regional Arts Australia national conference and arts festival.   “I am very pleased to announce that Regional Arts NSW Limited will receive over $77,000 towards the opening ceremony of Artlands Dubbo 2016, taking place in October this year,”…

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Safer Internet Day 2016

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton is encouraging schools across his electorate to participate in this year’s Safer Internet Day on 9 February 2016 through Virtual Classrooms run by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.   “More than 20,000 students across Australia are expected to participate in Safer Internet Day and I encourage teachers…

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Seasonal workers expanding to greener pastures

Australian agricultural employers and industries will benefit from changes announced to the Seasonal Worker Programme today.   The Government announced the expansion of the Programme from primarily horticulture to the broader agricultural sector, increasing the types of low and unskilled jobs included under the Programme.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has applauded this…

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ABC Heywire winner recognised in Canberra

Local Heywire Competition winner, Matt Johnston, was recognised in Canberra this morning as part of the ABC’s Heywire Regional Youth Summit.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton joined in congratulating the Wellington born storyteller at an event at Parliament House this morning.   The annual Heywire Competition provides youth aged between 16 and 22…

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Burra Bee Dee Project artwork presented to Minister

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton was very pleased to present the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion with a piece of Aboriginal artwork from his electorate at Parliament House in Canberra today.   When visiting Coonabarabran late last year, Mr Coulton was honoured to receive the painting entitled “Mutual Respect” on…

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Sharing Ideas, Encouraging Innovation and Realising the Potential of Western NSW

Federal Member for the Parkes electorate, Mark Coulton today welcomed the announced nationwide community consultations which will inform the Australian Government’s new regional development policy.   “Regional Australia is at the forefront of Australia’s productivity and prosperity,” Mr Coulton said.   Regional Australia is the beneficiary of a number of programmes which generate opportunities and…

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New funding helps Bourke tackle violence against women

Bourke Aboriginal Health Service (BAHS) has been awarded $150,000 from the Commonwealth Government to help address domestic and family violence.   The Building Safe Communities for Women grant will enable BAHS to run workshops with the Bourke community to develop actions that will address domestic and family violence.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton…

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