More water savings and capped bores for New South Wales

The Australian Government has partnered with the New South Wales Government to deliver more investment to ensure water savings for the State’s Great Artesian Basin, one of the largest underground water reservoirs in the world. As a result of a new agreement, New South Wales will be eligible to receive a share of almost $16…

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Improving irrigation infrastructure in the Murray-Darling Basin

Improved irrigation infrastructure is delivering triple bottom line outcomes for communities, economies and environments in the Murray-Darling Basin. Continuing his tour of the northern NSW Basin today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Bob Baldwin, met with the Trangie-Nevertire Irrigation Scheme about its recently upgraded pump site.   “It’s a great pleasure to…

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Young citizen scientist keeping watch over Gwydir Wetlands

The environmental importance of the Gwydir Wetlands Ramsar site is being preserved by the next generation of young Australians. While continuing his tour of the northern Murray-Darling Basin today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Bob Baldwin met local sixteen-year-old bird watching enthusiast Curtis Haynes.   Mr Baldwin said Curtis, who is passionate…

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Bob Baldwin tours the northern NSW Murray-Darling Basin

Communities in the northern NSW Murray-Darling Basin will have their chance to share their experiences of Government water initiatives when Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Bob Baldwin tours towns in the region this week. Mr Baldwin said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to listen to and speak with locals, and inspect…

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Main Road 353 officially opened

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton and Mayor of Wellington, Councillor Rod Buhr, have officially opened Main Road 353 at a ribbon cutting ceremony held near Comobella Hall.   The official opening was dedicated to the completion of sealing and upgrade works to the Main Road 353, the Wellington to Golden Highway roadway.    “It…

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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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