Funding for local groups to enhance local heritage places

Community groups across Western New South Wales are invited to apply for grants through the 2015-16 round of the Community Heritage and Icons Grants programme.   These grants are part of the Australian Government’s $1.4 million commitment to provide opportunities for community groups to engage with and raise awareness of places recognised on Australia's National…

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National Broadband Network rolling out across Dubbo

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has hosted a very constructive meeting with the Mayor of Dubbo, Councillor Mathew Dickerson and representatives from the nbn in his Dubbo office this week.   “Both Councillor Dickerson and I are very passionate about ensuring that every resident and business right across Dubbo can access the nbn network,”…

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Call for local submissions on ABC programming

Local residents are being encouraged to make submissions to a Senate inquiry into what they want from their ABC.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee is seeking submissions from local residents by the 26 February 2016 regarding their views on coverage and services provided by the…

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Coalition boosts Dubbo with GRDC relocation

The Coalition Government has delivered on its commitment to relocate three Canberra-based rural research agencies to regional Australia, in a move that will boost local economies and strengthen communities.   Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce and Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, have today announced that the Grains Research and Development Corporation…

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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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