Securing Great Artesian Basin water

 Regional and remote communities will benefit from the Australian Government’s announcement of $15.9 million to extend the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative (GABSI). South Australia Senator and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Simon Birmingham said the Initiative was one of the most significant environmental projects in the nation. “The Great Artesian Basin…

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Skilling Gwydir Students For Success

 Students in the Gwydir region will have the opportunity to learn useful vocational skills in the newly opened Gwydir Learning Region Trade Training Centre. The Gwydir Learning Region Trade Training Centre, with sites located at Warialda High School, Bingara Central School and at the Gwydir Shire Council, will allow secondary school students to earn qualifications…

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New Funding To Prevent Drowning

 The Australian Government has stepped up efforts to reduce the number of drowning deaths with the latest statistics showing 266 Australians drowned in the last year. Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said the Royal Life Saving Society Drowning Report 2014 showed too many lives were being lost to drowning. Mr Coulton said the Minister…

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National Stronger Regions Fund applications open

 Applications under Round One of the Australian Government’s landmark $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund are now open. The new Fund will target projects that deliver priority economic development and small scale community infrastructure at the local level throughout Australia. “This is a huge opportunity for local projects across the Parkes Electorate and regional Australia…

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Parkes Electorate Local takes out National Award

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has congratulated Yeoval local Pip Job on taking out the 2014 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award. Ms Job was among 7 state finalists from across the country who gathered in Canberra for the presentation of the industry award. Mr Coulton said that this was…

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Youth to Set Sail on World Voyage

 Youth in the Parkes Electorate will have chance to set sail in Young Endeavour, with the ballot for the 2015 Young Endeavour World Voyage now open for young Australians aged 18 to 30. With crews of 24 youth and twelve Royal Australian Navy staff, the ship will sail the Roaring Forties, across the Atlantic Ocean,…

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Learning a 2nd language can be child’s play

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton is encouraging interested local preschools in the Parkes Electorate to nominate for a place in the 2015 Early Learning Languages Australia trial. Expressions of interest are now open for the $9.8 million trial at up to 40 preschools nationwide and Mr Coulton said he is “keen to see local…

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