Coulton’s Catch Up – Resumption of Parliament, Border issues need practical solutions, Show of support for ag field days, Assistance for sporting champions

Resumption of Parliament With the resumption of Parliament last week, came extra care with physical distancing and other measures to protect against the risk of COVID-19 spreading – it was good to see so many Members of Parliament and staff being extra cautious. Some MPs, unable to travel to Canberra for health reasons or COVID-19…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Restarting the arts, Help build Newell overtaking lanes, Paying farmers to improve native remnant vegetation

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton encourages local businesses, contractors and suppliers to find out more about opportunities to help build new overtaking lanes along the Newell Highway between Coonabarabran and Narrabri. Restarting the arts Last week I was pleased to announce that two organisations in the Parkes electorate had been successful in…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Regional Connectivity Program open, Funding flows to councils for local infrastructure, NAIDOC Week grants on offer

Regional Connectivity Program open I’m pleased that applications for the Australian Government’s $53 million Regional Connectivity Program are now open. In my role as Regional Communications Minister, I have been working to ensure this Program targets investment in local telecommunications infrastructure projects to maximise economic and social opportunities in the bush. Telcos, regional communities, regional…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Queensland border controls, Backing our North West communities, Benefits set to reach the Ridge

Queensland border controls Last week I wrote to the Queensland Premier to highlight a series of concerns brought to me regarding the impact of the Queensland Government’s tightened border controls. My Federal electorate shares the majority of the New South Wales border with Queensland, and I’ve received feedback from residents on both sides of the…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Protect yourself against the flu, Meals on Wheels helps more at home, supporting households + small businesses

Protect yourself against the flu With the 2020 flu season not far away, I’m encouraging those in my electorate to book in for a vaccination against seasonal influenza during April – particularly people in vulnerable groups or age brackets. You can speak to your GP, pharmacist or aged care provider to arrange a flu vaccination.…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Positive development in northern NSW, Funding local child care services, Boosting mobile coverage

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (second from right) pictured at the Goodooga Bore Bath with Brewarrina Shire councillor Angelo Pippos, Deputy Mayor Vivian Slack-Smith, Mayor Phillip O’Connor, councillor Tom Stanton and General Manager Jeff Sowiak. Positive development in northern NSW It was great to get out on the road last week, visiting…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Over 50s now included in vaccine rollout, Saluting their service in Narromine and Mendooran, Full-time employment at a record high

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester last week announced two organisations in the Parkes electorate will receive funding under the latest round of the Federal Government’s Saluting Their Service grants program. Over 50s now included in vaccine rollout It’s great that all Australians aged 50 years…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Opening of Cobar Miners Memorial, Increasing youth mental health services, Men’s Sheds Grants now open, Delivering fuel security and protecting jobs

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (second from left) pictured with Cobar community members Colby Lawrence, Barry Knight, Reverend Graham McLeod and Cobar Deputy Mayor Jarrod Marsden at the opening of the Cobar Miners Memorial. Opening of Cobar Miners Memorial Last week it was a pleasure to join members of the Cobar community…

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