$50m boost to help small businesses export

 The Abbott Government has moved to help small and medium sized businesses in Western New South Wales to reach their export potential with a $50 million boost to the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme. Local Federal MP Mark Coulton said the Government was also seeking to enhance the way the EMDG scheme is administered…

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Pollies in the Pub at Wanaaring a Success

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, recently had the chance to catch up with some locals at Wanaaring to discuss issues affecting the community. Mr Coulton said that the “Pollies in Pub” format was particularly effective way for community members to engage with their elected representatives in an informal way. The session was held at…

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Transcript: John Laws Show 2SM- coal seam gas

 Transcript                 13 March 2014  John Laws Show 2SM Topics: Coal Seam Gas John Laws … Over the last couple of days we’ve had a lot of callers showing a great interest in coal seam gas in Australia and in particular in North Western New South Wales area. Now yesterday we talked to the Federal…

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Support the Programs that Succeed

 The Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, has praised the success of the Clontarf Foundation on being able to deliver successful outcomes in the field of aboriginal education and Closing the Gap. Mr Coulton said that he had become a supporter of the Clontarf Foundation over the last several years as he was able to…

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States agree to implement Murray-Darling Basin water reform

 The Australian Government has completed an agreement which brings all jurisdictions together to implement the historic Murray-Darling Basin Plan for water reform. The Premiers of NSW and Queensland have now signed the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) on Implementing Water Reform in the Murray-Darling Basin and an amended National Partnership Agreement (NPA). A commitment to cap water…

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Drought Package Necessary and Available

 The Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton welcomed the announcement of the Federal Government’s drought relief package. Mr Coulton said that areas in the North West had been dealing with drought for two years, and that the assistance would go some way towards ameliorating the situation. “The farmers in my Electorate are very tough, and…

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Future of Agriculture vital to Region

 The Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has encouraged residents in Western New South Wales to make a contribution to the Government’s White Paper on Agricultural Competitiveness. “Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has decided to develop a White Paper on Agriculture so that we can seriously consider the future of the industry and how it can…

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Coulton: Drought on Prime Minister’s Radar

 The Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton believes that Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s visit to the drought affected community of Bourke was valuable in showing the plight of farmers in the North West. Mr Coulton said he was pleased that the Prime Minister had accepted his invitation to visit the region, along with parliamentary colleague…

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Coulton meets Heywire Winners in Canberra

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton was delighted to meet two local winners of the ABC Heywire Competition in Parliament House today. Mr Coulton met with Ellen O’Rourke from Bingara and Stephen Sanders from Pilliga when they visited Parliament House to attend the annual Heywire Morning Tea as part of the Heywire Youth Summit. Mr…

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