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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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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