Coulton’s Catch Up – Increased vaccine opportunities, Road safety funding for key freight routes, Awards for innovative young people

Increased vaccine opportunities Regional NSW remains under stay at home orders this week, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Western and Far West regions of the state. Over the past week I have been in regular contact with the Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt in an effort to provide additional support to the…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Improving digital connectivity, Community arts and culture, PBS breakthroughs

Improving digital connectivity I recently announced that the next stage of consultation is underway on the $53 million Regional Connectivity Program to improve digital connectivity in rural and regional Australia. I’d like to remind people in the Parkes electorate to have your say on the draft program guidelines – submissions can be made at www.communications.gov.au/regional-connectivity-guidelines…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Hotspot model in the works, National Agricultural Workers Code, Youth taking action

Photo Caption: Federal Member for Parkes said the Government has welcomed the New South Wales, Victorian, South Australian, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory governments’ decision at National Cabinet to adopt a binding, enforceable National Agricultural Workers Code that will ensure Australian famers can keep feeding and clothing us while also protecting the health of…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Help save lives this DonateLife Week, Creating connections with FlatTrack, Economic lifeline continues, Scholarships for local students

Photo Caption: As DonateLife week 2020 kicks off, Federal Member for Parkes and Minister for Regional Health Mark Coulton is urging everyone to register as a donor with the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR). Help save lives this DonateLife Week As DonateLife week 2020 kicks off, I’m urging everybody to discuss organ and tissue donation…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Harvest labour support for farmers, Backing our Indigenous students, Holiday Here This Year

Photo Caption: Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with (L-R) Robert Clements, Clontarf Foundation Regional Manager Central West NSW; Chad Parkes, Employment Officer and Malakai Gibbs, Alumni. This year’s Federal Budget delivers immediate support for more Indigenous Australian students, through $39.8 million over four years for the Clontarf Foundation. Harvest labour support for farmers Our agriculture…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Gunnedah going from strength to strength, Regional Aus and COVID-19, $1.87m for Q fever vaccine

Gunnedah going from strength to strength It was terrific to be in the northern part of my electorate last Friday for a series of important announcements in Gunnedah. A highlight was being onsite at the Gunnedah Rural Health Centre to officially hand over responsibility to the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD), allowing the…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Great wins for Parkes electorate, COVIDSafe app protections in place, Boosting regional student numbers

Photo Caption (L-R): Bourke Shire Council Mayor Barry Holman, Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, and Bourke Shire Council General Manager Ross Earl. Bourke Shire Council has received Federal Government funding to lead a wild dog management project on behalf of Western NSW combined shires including Brewarrina, Cobar and Central Darling. Great wins for Parkes electorate…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – Grants for local NAIDOC events, Apply now for water infrastructure rebate scheme, Bushfire recovery grant guidelines released

Grants for local NAIDOC events Last week, NAIDOC events across the Parkes electorate were given a financial boost, with local organisations receiving more than $38,000 in community grants to help celebrate our rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture. A total of 20 organisations in the Parkes electorate received funding for their NAIDOC…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – GPs join COVID-19 rollout as Phase 1B begins, New training scheme to boost bush doctors, Paying farmers for biodiversity

GPs join COVID-19 rollout as Phase 1B begins This week some of the most vulnerable people in the Parkes electorate will start to receive their first COVID-19 vaccination as Phase 1B begins. Phase 1B includes anyone aged 70 years and over, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 years and over, and people with…

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