Country towns receive boost to attract doctors

Towns throughout the Parkes electorate are among 450 country towns who will find it easier to attract doctors under an overhauled GP Rural Incentives Program, Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said.   Under changes announced by Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, some 450 country towns will receive increased subsidies to attract and retain…

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Youth allowance changes to give local families better support

The Abbott Coalition Government will introduce more generous means testing arrangements for youth payments from 1 January 2016 to give families in the Parkes electorate better opportunities to support their children from school to further study, Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said today.   “The Coalition Government will remove the Family Asset Test and…

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Connecting job seekers and jobactive providers

The transition to the Australian Government’s new jobactive employment service took another step forward today with job seekers starting to receive advice about which local firm will help them to look for work in the future.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said that the Government’s new $6.8 billion jobactive employment service, which starts…

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Local business benefiting from small business package

The Coalition Government’s Growing Jobs and Small Business package has attracted positive feedback from local businesses across the Parkes electorate.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, has received praise from numerous local businesses that are already experiencing increases in sales because of this package.   “The package was announced last week as part of…

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New scholarships for rural arts leaders

Mark Coulton, Federal Member for Parkes, has invited aspiring arts leaders living in regional and rural Australia to apply for a new scholarship to further develop their leadership skills.   “The Australia Council Scholarship will provide $150,000 over the next three years for three high-performing regional arts leaders to participate in the Australian Rural Leadership…

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Round Two opens for Stronger Regions

Councils and incorporated not-for-profit organisations in the electorate of Parkes will now be able to apply for funding of between $20,000 and $10 million for capital infrastructure projects under Round Two of the National Stronger Regions Fund.   The National Stronger Regions Fund demonstrates the Government’s commitment to strengthening regions across Australia by investing in…

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Coulton demands re-think for Walgett branch closure

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, has expressed his anger regarding the future of the Walgett branch of the National Australia Bank (NAB).  The NAB wrote to Mr Coulton in April this year advising that the Walgett branch will close on Friday, 2 October 2015 because the premises in Fox Street no longer meet required…

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Budget is a big win for rural and regional Australia

A strong focus on regional Australia in this year’s Federal Budget will provide a secure and strong platform for small business, farmers and rural communities in the Parkes electorate according to the Federal Member, Mark Coulton.   Mr Coulton has lauded the Budget and said it will provide many opportunities for jobs and growth throughout…

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Boost to Parkes electorate through National Stronger Regions Fund

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s announcement that an infrastructure project will be funded in the Parkes electorate under the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.       The Government will provide $212 million in funding to 51 priority infrastructure projects nationwide in Round One of the programme, including…

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