Ideas boom coming to Dubbo

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science will kick off a series of briefings on the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) in Dubbo on Monday 14 December 2015.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said that the briefing will prove beneficial for a range of local stakeholders.   “The briefing will provide local…

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Western region to reap the benefits of innovation boost

Businesses and communities across the electorate of Parkes stand to benefit from a more innovative Australia.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said the Australian Government’s new Innovation and Science Agenda includes a range of initiatives that will improve the well-being and quality of life in Australia’s regional and rural areas.   “The agenda…

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National Stronger Regions Fund delivers for Western NSW

Four towns in Western New South Wales are set to receive a share in over $13.5 million of Commonwealth Government funding through the latest round of the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF).   Successful projects in Bourke, Dunedoo, Moree and Nyngan will boost local jobs and improve community infrastructure for each of these towns and…

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New child care system to make life simpler for families

The Coalition Government this week introduced legislation to provide simpler, more affordable and flexible child care for families across Australia.   Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said the Coalition Government will invest almost $40 billion over the next four years to provide greater child care choices for more than 1.2 million families across Australia under…

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Water Act improvements deliver greater certainty for Western NSW

The Australian Government yesterday introduced the Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Bill 2015 to reduce red tape and ensure the  Water Act 2007 more effectively supports the delivery of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan.   Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce said that the Government yesterday tabled its full response to the…

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Coulton welcomes improved scrutiny of foreign ownership in agriculture

The Coalition Government’s robust new foreign investment regime came into effect this week.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton welcomes the regime that will improve scrutiny and transparency around foreign ownership of Australia’s agricultural production.   “The Government understands that the average farming business is smaller than other businesses and simply applying the $252…

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Commonwealth supports Indigenous arts and languages

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the announcement of more than $3 million of Commonwealth Government funding to support Indigenous languages and art in communities throughout Australia.   Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield this week announced 59 projects that will help keep Indigenous languages alive and showcase Australia’s traditional…

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History made in North West NSW as grain train goes laaarge

New South Wales’ north west made history today as the departure point for what is believed to be the largest, continuously-tipped export grain train in Australian history.   Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the historic 1,250 metre train departing Narrabri demonstrated the massive opportunity for grain producers…

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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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