Coulton’s Catch Up – Ministerial appointment, paying tribute to bushfire victims, drought remains priority

Ministerial appointment I am deeply honoured to continue as the Minister responsible for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, having been officially sworn-in on 6 February. I thank Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack for asking me to undertake these important roles. Having carriage of these portfolios since May 2019,…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Mental wellbeing prioritised, Nominations open for Veterans’ Employment Awards, Grants for drought resilience

Mental wellbeing prioritised I was pleased to announce last week that another round of funding is available for Men’s Sheds in my electorate under the National Shed Development Programme. Men’s Sheds are vital in providing a safe space for men to talk and work on meaningful projects – they have become a focal point for…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Making tracks on Inland Rail, Red ribbon cut on local projects, Moving livestock made easy

Photo Caption – Inland Rail sod turn, Moree (L-R): Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey, Gwydir Shire Council Mayor John Coulton, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack, Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, Moree Plains Shire Council Mayor Katrina Humphries and Narrabri Shire Council Mayor Ron Campbell, pictured…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Making a difference to the west, Dropping into Dunedoo, Lachlan Shire forging ahead

Photo Caption: Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with (L-R) Angelo Pippos, Alan Bennett, Ted Fernando and Alistair Ferguson at Orana Haven Aboriginal Corporation’s rehabilitation centre at Gongolgon, south of Brewarrina. Making a difference to the west Many miles were covered last week with another busy period on the road in the Parkes electorate. On Monday…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – JobKeeper legislation gets green light, Keeping our kids safe online, Saluting their service + more

JobKeeper legislation gets the green light I made the trip to Canberra last week for a Parliamentary sitting day on Wednesday, which was solely dedicated to addressing the Coalition Government’s $130 billion JobKeeper payment. A 20-hour return trip by car from my home near Warialda was made all the more worthwhile with the successful passage…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Investing in local jobs and community infrastructure, Bush benefits from $1 billion agreement, Boosting mobile coverage

Investing in local jobs and community infrastructure Back in May, I was thrilled to announce that a new grants program would deliver a whopping $21 million to Parkes electorate councils, to support local jobs and businesses. Since then, funds under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program have been flowing to councils right around…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Inland Rail major works in North West NSW, the future of freight is ‘ROSI’ in Moree, Western Division Councils Conference

Inland Rail major works underway in North West NSW As a long champion of the Inland Rail project, it was great to celebrate the start of major construction on the Narrabri to North Star section (phase one) in Gurley last Monday, with 9500 sleepers and 11kms of track already removed. It was wonderful to be…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Inland Rail full steam ahead, New Regional Digital Tech Hub, Boosting our fuel security, Interest free drought loans

Photo Caption: Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, marking the completion of the Parkes to Narromine section of Inland Rail. Inland Rail full steam ahead What a great pleasure to be part of the history made at Peak Hill last week…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Infrastructure projects to benefit freight operators, Win for live music in Dubbo, Celebrating Australia Day

Infrastructure projects to benefit freight operators It was terrific to be in the north west of the electorate this week to celebrate the completion of two major infrastructure projects in the region, both of which will significantly benefit freight operators. The completion of works to seal 17.7 kilometres of Grain Valley Road in the Gunnedah…

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