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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Welcome Funding For Maritime Heritage in Mid-Western Region

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton today welcomed funding to help care for and promote maritime heritage in the Mid-Western Regional Council area. “This funding will ensure that important maritime heritage of Kandos is available to the community now and for future generations,” Mr Coulton said. Mr Coulton said that $7000 had been made available…

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Minister Joyce, Coulton visit Farmers in North West

 Federal Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, are meeting farmers on their properties across the North West this weekend to discuss worsening drought conditions. In addition to speaking with local landholders Minister Joyce and Mr Coulton will meet with Mayors from Bourke, Brewarrina, Walgett and Coonamble Councils to discuss…

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$393,320 for Parkes Electorate airstrip upgrades

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the Coalition Government’s $247,975 investment to upgrade Collarenebri Airport as part of the Regional Aviation Access Programme. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today announced that 39 remote communities, including Brewarrina, Goodooga, Nymagee, Collarenebri and Walgett will share in almost $9…

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