Water Act improvements deliver greater certainty for Western NSW

The Australian Government yesterday introduced the Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Bill 2015 to reduce red tape and ensure the  Water Act 2007 more effectively supports the delivery of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan.   Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce said that the Government yesterday tabled its full response to the…

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Coulton welcomes improved scrutiny of foreign ownership in agriculture

The Coalition Government’s robust new foreign investment regime came into effect this week.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton welcomes the regime that will improve scrutiny and transparency around foreign ownership of Australia’s agricultural production.   “The Government understands that the average farming business is smaller than other businesses and simply applying the $252…

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Commonwealth supports Indigenous arts and languages

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the announcement of more than $3 million of Commonwealth Government funding to support Indigenous languages and art in communities throughout Australia.   Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield this week announced 59 projects that will help keep Indigenous languages alive and showcase Australia’s traditional…

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History made in North West NSW as grain train goes laaarge

New South Wales’ north west made history today as the departure point for what is believed to be the largest, continuously-tipped export grain train in Australian history.   Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the historic 1,250 metre train departing Narrabri demonstrated the massive opportunity for grain producers…

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New mental health reforms to boost care across the region

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the sweeping changes planned for mental health services across Australia.   Set to directly benefit the people of Western New South Wales, the Mental Health Reform Package sets out bold reforms to be phased in over the next three years.   The key reform will see people…

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Empowering youth initiatives to help young people into jobs

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton is inviting organisations across the electorate of Parkes to put forward fresh and innovative ideas to help vulnerable young Australians find and keep a job.   “I invite not-for-profit community organisations to put forward proposals for innovative projects that offer a different approach to those currently available,” Mr Coulton…

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Laws steps down as Chair of Moree CDAT

In the Federal Parliament today Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton publicly acknowledged Moree resident Ros Laws who, after 10 years, has stepped down as Chair of the Moree Community Drug Action Team (CDAT).   Mr Coulton paid tribute to Ms Laws who remains a very active member of the Moree community.   “Ros has been…

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Coalition delivers improved foreign ownership scrutiny

Australians will have a better oversight of foreign purchases of agricultural land following the passage of legislation in parliament this week which delivered on another key Coalition election commitment.   Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce and Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said that the legislation formalises the new register of foreign…

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Coulton encourages involvement in national water infrastructure planning

States and territories are being invited to apply for a share in $25 million of Commonwealth Government funding to undertake feasibility studies to support water infrastructure projects across the country, including new dams.    Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton welcomed the call for expressions of interest under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund and…

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