Fuel excise change a major boost for local roads

Local Councils across the Parkes electorate are set to receive a major boost in funding towards local roads and streets thanks to extra revenue that will be raised through fuel excise indexation over the next decade.   $1.105 billion extra funding will be made available to councils across Australia for vital road upgrades through the…

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Golden Wattle’ comes to Walgett and Narrabri

The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre ‘Golden Wattle’ has hit the road to give people in the Walgett and Narrabri Shires convenient, local access to essential government payments and services in late June and early July.    The Mobile Service Centre will visit Rowena, Burren Junction, Pilliga and Wee Waa to offer Centrelink and Medicare…

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China FTA a big win for local farmers

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the signing of Australia’s Free Trade Agreement with China which was signed by the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb and Chinese Commerce Minister, Gao Hucheng.   Mr Coulton said the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) provides unprecedented access to what is already the…

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Two weeks for local schools to apply for Sporting Schools funding

Primary schools across the country have less than two weeks to benefit from the first funding round of the Abbott Government’s $100 million Sporting Schools programme.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, urged all local primary schools who haven’t already registered for this programme to do so and importantly, apply for funding to join…

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Locals to have their say on country of origin food labelling

Locals can now have their say on clearer country of origin food labelling in an online survey that will help design the Australian Government’s new labelling system.   The Government has been consulting with industry, including growers, processors and retailers, to implement a clearer, more direct system for food labelling that will give consumers the…

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First Accelerating Commercialisation grant to boost local business

Local business, Maverick Biomaterials Pty Limited, will receive a grant to propel their bright ideas into the marketplace under the Australian Government’s Accelerating Commercialisation programme.  Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton announced the grant as part of the $10.6 million Accelerating Commercialisation element of the Australian Government’s $484.2 million Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme.   “These Accelerating…

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NBN Rollout Progresses

The NBN will begin construction in areas covering an additional 3,400 premises in the Gulgong and Wellington areas in coming months as the company expands its multi-technology mix rollout. The company is expanding the rollout of its fibre to the node network, with an additional 168,000 premises due to start construction nationwide between July and…

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Depreciation for local farmers brought forward

Farmers across the Parkes electorate can now claim a tax deduction on all capital expenditure on water facilities, fodder storage assets and fencing incurred since the 2015 Budget was handed down at 7:30pm on 12 May 2015.   Farmers can fully deduct the cost of water facilities and fencing in the year they are purchased…

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Funding for Sporting Schools now open

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said sporting opportunities for children were set to expand now that local primary schools could apply for funding through the Abbott Government’s $100 million Sporting Schools programme.   Mr Coulton said the before, during and after school hours sporting programme is designed to deliver sports for local schools’ particular…

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