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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Round three of National Stronger Regions Fund now open

Round three of the Commonwealth Government’s $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund opened today with applications now being sought for funding of priority infrastructure projects in disadvantaged regional communities.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton is very pleased with the success of previous rounds of the programme with funding providing a much needed boost…

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Mobile black spot nomination deadline extended

The Federal Government today announced that the deadline for public nominations for Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spots Programme has been extended from 31 December 2015 to 15 January 2016.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton welcomes the extended deadline and said his office has already received a significant number of enquiries about…

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