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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VET FEE-HELP Bill to push dodgy providers out of the market

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton was pleased to speak on the Higher Education Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Bill 2015 in the Commonwealth Parliament today.   Last month, the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP introduced this legislation that will strengthen the protections for students in the Vocational Education and…

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Golden Wattle comes to Lake Cargelligo

The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre, Golden Wattle, will hit the road to give people in Lake Cargelligo easy access to essential government payments and services in November.    Minister for Human Services, Stuart Robert said the Mobile Service Centre will visit towns from the Riverina to the Central West to offer Centrelink and Medicare…

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