$52m injection for rural COVID-19 aeromedical retrievals

A $52.8 million aeromedical retrieval package to support rural and remote communities during the COVID-19 health emergency was announced today by Federal Regional Health Minister, Mark Coulton. Minister Coulton, making the announcement at the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) base in Dubbo today, said the Australian Government’s investment of close to $53 million will increase…

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Regional media to receive relief

The Federal Government today announced a suite of measures to help sustain Australian media businesses as they work to keep regional communities informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister for Regional Communications and Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the measures include: • Tax relief – A 12-month waiver of spectrum tax for commercial television and…

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Government backs local ideas for Inland Rail Interface Improvements

Intermodal hubs and new freight provisioning centres are amongst 16 local project proposals to be further developed with support from the Australian Government’s $44 million Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said an EY Australia-led consortium had been commissioned to further develop the…

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Free child care to deliver financial relief for local families

Around one million families are set to receive free child care during the coronavirus pandemic under a new plan from the Coalition Government. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the plan will help deliver financial relief for parents in his electorate. “Today’s announcement will help ensure the early childhood education and care sector in…

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JobKeeper payment to help keep wheels in motion, says Federal Member

The Coalition Government’s new JobKeeper wage subsidy will deliver essential assistance for workers in the Parkes electorate at a time when it is needed most, according to Federal Member Mark Coulton. Mr Coulton said the subsidy directly addresses concerns he has heard from small business owners and operators, as well as local employees in his…

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NBN Co boosts data for rural and regional customers

The Morrison McCormack Government welcomes new initiatives from NBN Co that will provide more broadband data for Sky Muster satellite customers living in rural and remote Australia. The initiatives announced today include permanent enhancements to NBN Co’s Sky Muster Plus offering, and a temporary increase to data allowances for standard Sky Muster plans to support…

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