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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Coulton impressed with local land management

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton today visited the Taylor family’s property outside of Wellington to discuss the benefits of sustainably managing natural pasture.   Mr Coulton believes the potential for sequestering carbon under natural pastures is largely under recognised.   The Taylor family have been carefully managing their soils and pastures for many years…

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Largest solar farms in Southern Hemisphere powering 50,000 Australian homes

<p>The Government’s investment in renewable energy innovation today culminated in the official opening of the nation’s two largest solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Nyngan and Broken Hill.</p> <div>&#160;</div> <div>“The 102 MW Nyngan and 53 MW Broken Hill solar plants have more than doubled Australia’s large-scale solar capacity and can generate enough electricity to power 50,000…

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Local bridges to receive upgrade

Towns across the Parkes electorate will share in over $5.3 million of funding from the Commonwealth Government to support vital upgrades to local bridge infrastructure under Round Two of the Bridges Renewal Programme.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said the Bridges Renewal Programme underpins the Government’s support for local bridges which are vital…

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National Landcare grants start to flow across the Western region

The Australian Government welcomes today’s Local Land Services Western Region announcement that 25 land managers will share in $732,972 worth of grants under the National Landcare Programme.   The Local Land Services Western Region projects have been awarded to private land managers to undertake grazing and riparian conservation management to benefit a range of species…

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