Safety and productivity boost for Parkes Electorate

 THE Australian Government has today announced infrastructure projects to be funded in the Parkes Electorate to improve productivity and safety outcomes for local heavy vehicles. Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme will provide $120 million to NSW projects, including more than $26 million in the…

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Community Leaders Breakfast

 The next Community Leaders Breakfast will be held on Saturday, 21 February 2015 at the Church Street Rotunda, Dubbo. “On Saturday 21 February from 8:00am at the Dubbo Rotunda I, Mark Coulton, Mathew Dickerson and Dubbo City Councillors and Executives would like to welcome everyone along for breakfast and a chat at the Community Leaders…

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Coulton Congratulates Heywire Winners

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has met with two of the winners from the 2014 Heywire competition in Canberra this week. Mr Coulton said that the annual ABC Heywire Summit is an event that he always looks forward to. “For the past several years I have had the opportunity to meet with young people…

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Disappointment from ACCC

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has spoken in parliament about the decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) to not oppose the takeover of Australian Consolidated Food Holdings Pty Ltd. Mr Coulton said that he believed comments made by the ACCC chairman Rod Sims indicated that the ACCC only had a limited…

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Get involved in the Green Army

 You are invited to attend a community information session on the Australian Government’s major new environmental programme – the Green Army. The Green Army supports practical, grassroots environment and heritage conservation projects across urban, regional and remote Australia. The Green Army provides young Australians aged 17-24 with the tools they need to help them enter…

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Release of Peter Greste

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the release of journalist Peter Greste. Mr Coulton said that Australians were pleased that Mr Greste would be able to come home after spending more than 400 days in an Egyptian jail. “Peter Greste’s family were tireless in their efforts to secure his release,” said Mr Coulton.…

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Growing stronger regions across the nation

 REGIONAL Development Australia (RDA) will greatly benefit from new appointments to each of its committees. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the three-year appointments will provide leadership to RDA organisations to develop a model where all three tiers of government work together. “The RDA committees can play a…

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Training Complaints Hotline

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has said that vocational education and training (VET) students now have a complaints hotline to bring rogue training providers to the attention of regulators. “Our Government is taking firm action to crack down on unscrupulous and misleading behaviour by some training providers and brokers, and this one-stop-shop hotline will…

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Rogue Operators targeted with new regulations

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, has said that new regulations introduced by the Federal Government and effective from 1 January 2015 are targeted at rogue operators within the training sector. Mr Coulton said that there had been cases within the Electorate where training brokers had employed unscrupulous practices to sign prospective students up. “Most…

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MUSIC AND THEATRE TAKE TO REGIONAL STAGES

 Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, has announced over $2 million in funding to bring music, theatre and other arts experiences to regional and remote Australians. Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, welcomed the Australian Government’s funding for performance arts to tour in regional Australia. “$340,783 will be provided to Circus…

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