Drought Recovery Concessional Loans

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, has welcomed the Minister for Agriculture’s announcement of a further $100 million in Drought Recovery Concessional Loans. Mr Coulton said that the low interest loans, over a maximum loan term of 10 years, would enable farmers to plant and restock when the drought eventually broke. “These loans are not…

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Labor treated Regional Development like a Political Toy

 A recently released report from the Australian National Audit Office has shown discrepancies within Rounds Three and Four of the Regional Development Fund.  Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton believes that the previous Labor Government was guilty of willful mismanagement of the program to the detriment of regional communities. “The Audit Office has shown a…

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Legislation to combat cyber-bullying introduced into Parliament

 In a big step towards Australian children being better protected against cyberbullying and safer when they go online, the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 was introduced in the Commonwealth Parliament, Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton announced today. “Parents, schools, teachers and children in the Parkes Electorate have given me extensive feedback about…

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Boost for athletics at Barden Park

 REGIONAL New South Wales has a new state of the art sporting facilities with today’s opening of the redeveloped Barden Park in Dubbo. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Barden Park Regional Centre of Excellence for Athletics is now an international standard athletics track and field venue.…

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$956,500 to help 80 Indigenous people prepare for entry into the NSW Police Force

 80 Indigenous Australians will be given the skills necessary to enter the NSW Police College in Goulburn through the further investment by the Australian Government in a NSW pre-employment programme. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, today announced additional funding of $956,500 for the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our…

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MOREE BOOMERANGS RECOGNISED WITH GOOD SPORTS AWARD

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, today congratulated the Moree Boomerangs Rugby League Football Club, on being named the Good Sports Awards’ National Good Sports Club of the Year in Melbourne. The Good Sports Awards recognise sporting clubs that promote healthy lifestyles and reduce excessive alcohol consumption. Organised by the Australian Drug Foundation, the Good…

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VISIT TO MOREE AIR FORCE CADETS

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence, Darren Chester, and Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, today met with the Moree Air Force cadets. The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is a youth oriented organisation that is administered and actively supported by the Royal Australian Air Force. “Australia’s Air Force Cadet organisation has nearly 6000…

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