New Peak Skate Park opened in Cobar

The Australian Government continues to invest in regional infrastructure with the opening of the Peak Skate Park project today in Cobar, New South Wales. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said it was great to see local residents gathered today for the opening and that providing such facilities encourages skaters to move off the roads,…

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Bright Future for young people of Brewarrina

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton spoke in the Federal Parliament last week about the positive future available to young people from Brewarrina. Mr Coulton spoke about Brewarrina locas, Burra Mac, and his passion for photography and Nathan Johnson who is undertaking a fine arts degree at the University of Newcastle.  “These young men clearly…

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Vocational Education and Training needs appropriate Regulation

 The Coalition Government has introduced legislation to improve the quality of vocational education and training organisations and to ensure that they are more closely monitored by the existing regulatory body, ASQA. Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, spoke in favour of vocational education and the changes brought in by the legislation.  “I support this legislation…

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Applications to upskill youth now open

 Businesses and community organisations in North West New South Wales can now apply for support to boost the skills of youth under youth stream pilot programmes through the Industry Skills Fund. Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said the Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Employment Pathways are new ways of delivering skilled young employees…

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Infrastructure Vital for the Future of North West

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, spoke last week in the Australian Parliament about the importance of infrastructure to communities in North West New South Wales. “The upgrade of Mosquito Creek Road, which goes to a large quarry, is of benefit to not only the businesses that operate out of the quarry but the safety…

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Extra Funding To Support Drought Affected Families In North West

 The Coalition Government will provide $1.3 million in extra funding which will help ensure families living in drought affected areas in the North West can continue accessing family relationship support, Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said today. “The additional $1.3 million announced today will help organisations such as Interrelate Family Centres to continue delivering…

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$2.68 MILLION TO IMPROVE NATURAL DISASTER RESILIENCE

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, has welcomed today’s Commonwealth-State joint-funding announcement of $2.68 million in projects to help better protect New South Wales communities from the threat of bushfire. Mr Coulton welcomed today’s announcement which will contribute: ·         $55,000 to Cobar Shire Council for a fire fighting water facility. ·         $10,000 to National Parks…

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Funding secured for Newell Highway improvements

 The Australian Government has announced funding to construct heavy duty pavement on the Newell Highway, including a widened centreline, between Mungle Back Creek and Boggabilla, under the National Highway Upgrade Programme. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the Australian Government would provide $61.35 million and the New South Wales Government $15.35 million to the…

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Australian Defence Force Pay

 The Australian Government understands that the work performed by members of the Australian Defence Force is unique and crucial to our nation and our security. In recognition of these unique circumstances, the Government has decided to increase the pay for ADF personnel to two per cent per annum, over the life of the agreement, with…

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