FHA Review panel to visit Dubbo

An independent panel reviewing the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) will visit Dubbo on 15 November to consult with farmers and stakeholders in the area. Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has welcomed the additional consultation, and said it will provide farmers in the Dubbo region with an opportunity to contribute to the Review face-to-face. “The FHA…

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Mobile Service Centre comes to town

The Coalition Government’s Mobile Service Centre, Golden Wattle, will return to communities in the Parkes electorate throughout November. Mobile Service Centres (MSCs) provide Australians living in remote and regional communities with face-to-face access to customer service agents who can help them apply for benefits or resolve claim issues. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said…

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A minute’s silence this Remembrance Day

On Sunday, 11 November 2018, Australia will mark a significant milestone in its military history, commemorating the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War. Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is encouraging communities across his electorate to participate in their local commemorative service on 11 November and observe a minute’s…

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More help for Dubbo region farmers

Centrelink’s Dubbo Service Centre is opening its doors again on Saturday 10 November to provide extra support to local farmers. Specialist staff from the Department of Human Services will be on hand from 10am to midday, to provide farmers with personalised assistance to complete their Farm Household Allowance (FHA) claim forms. Member for Parkes Mark…

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Inland Rail listening tour continues

A roundtable meeting being held today at Coonamble in New South Wales is part of ongoing work to build and maintain trust and transparency with local communities and stakeholders, on the Brisbane to Melbourne Inland Rail project. The meeting also demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to ensure local businesses and regional communities have the right…

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Men’s Shed builds on vital service to Warren community

Warren Men’s Shed has received a $2,000 grant under round 17 of the Federal Government’s National Shed Development Programme, announced by Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton recently. Mr Coulton visited the Men’s Shed today to formally congratulate the recipients. “I believe this funding will go a long way. It is wonderful to see the…

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Trangie Men’s Shed funding boost

Trangie Men’s Shed has received a $4,695 grant under round 17 of the Federal Government’s National Shed Development Programme, announced by Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton recently. Mr Coulton visited the Men’s Shed today to formally congratulate the recipients, also enjoying a barbeque with locals. “I believe this funding will go a long way.…

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Macquarie Marshes and River Festival is back

After a 10-year hiatus the Macquarie Marshes and River Festival went off without a hitch earlier this month. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, who met with the event organisers today, said he was extremely pleased that the festival, also known as the Warraan Festival, was such a success. “Designed to showcase the Macquarie Marshes,…

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Mental health investment in Parkes electorate

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has announced a mental health investment of $6 million in the Parkes electorate, further supporting communities affected by the drought. The funding is part of the Coalition Government’s additional $15.5 million to support mental health services throughout Australia, and will deliver $3 million each over two years from 2018-2019 to…

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Grants set to flow for community groups, Coulton announces

Not-for-profit community organisations in the Parkes electorate can now apply for small grants to deliver projects in drought-affected areas, through the Coalition Government’s $15 million investment in the Regional Drought Communities Small Grants Program. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is urging eligible community organisations to start applying for the funding.  “As the tough times…

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