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 our communities, Lights switched on at major intersection, Regional bank taskforce, Proof of vaccination

Photo caption: The roundabout was last week removed from the Newell and Mitchell highways intersection, as traffic lights were switched on for the first time. Investing in our communities Last week I was pleased to announce funding that will provide a boost to two communities in the Parkes electorate. Western Plains Regional Development Incorporated has…

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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 section open in time for harvest, Out and about in Broken Hill, Remote roads targeted in new funding program, Best wishes for the HSC

Inland Rail section open in time for harvest Farmers and producers in the North West will be able to take full advantage of the current strong agricultural export prices with a key section of the enhanced Inland Rail freight line open ahead of the grain harvest season. Upgrades to a 29-kilometre stretch of the Narrabri…

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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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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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