Round Three of Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme now open

Applications are now being sought for Round Three of the $33.7 million Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme, with the programme set to improve access for remote communities across the Parkes electorate.    Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said the funding allocated by the Government under the Programme showed its support for remote communities.   “As…

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Green Army team leading the way in Condobolin

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, was delighted to attend the launch of the Mid-Lachlan Lakes, Woodlands and Cultural Heritage Restoration Green Army project in Condobolin last week.    The launch forms part of the first round of inaugural Green Army projects with the team in Condobolin commencing on-ground works in May 2015.   Mr…

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VET FEE-HELP loan reforms give students more protection

Vocational education and training (VET) providers and brokers will be required to give students more information and more time to consider their payment options, following the Federal Government’s changes to the VET FEE-HELP scheme.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said the vast majority of training providers delivered high quality training that gave students…

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New jobactive services up and running across the Parkes Electorate

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has today welcomed the start of the Australian Government’s new employment service – jobactive.   “jobactive is the Government’s new $6.8 billion employment service which will help more job seekers in our region to secure a job,” Mr Coulton said.   “Through jobactive, local job seekers can receive help…

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Fuel excise change a major boost for local roads

Local Councils across the Parkes electorate are set to receive a major boost in funding towards local roads and streets thanks to extra revenue that will be raised through fuel excise indexation over the next decade.   $1.105 billion extra funding will be made available to councils across Australia for vital road upgrades through the…

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Golden Wattle’ comes to Walgett and Narrabri

The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre ‘Golden Wattle’ has hit the road to give people in the Walgett and Narrabri Shires convenient, local access to essential government payments and services in late June and early July.    The Mobile Service Centre will visit Rowena, Burren Junction, Pilliga and Wee Waa to offer Centrelink and Medicare…

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China FTA a big win for local farmers

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the signing of Australia’s Free Trade Agreement with China which was signed by the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb and Chinese Commerce Minister, Gao Hucheng.   Mr Coulton said the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) provides unprecedented access to what is already the…

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Two weeks for local schools to apply for Sporting Schools funding

Primary schools across the country have less than two weeks to benefit from the first funding round of the Abbott Government’s $100 million Sporting Schools programme.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, urged all local primary schools who haven’t already registered for this programme to do so and importantly, apply for funding to join…

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Locals to have their say on country of origin food labelling

Locals can now have their say on clearer country of origin food labelling in an online survey that will help design the Australian Government’s new labelling system.   The Government has been consulting with industry, including growers, processors and retailers, to implement a clearer, more direct system for food labelling that will give consumers the…

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