COULTON’S CATCH UP 15 AUGUST

With the opening of the 45th Parliament approaching, I was fortunate to be in Canberra last week to meet with newly elected MPs as they undertook a two day seminar outlining their roles and responsibilities. Thirty-nine newly elected Coalition, Labor and Independent MPs will take their seats in the House of Representatives when the House…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 15 AUGUST

The announcement by Murray-Darling Basin Authority chief executive Phillip Glyde that the agency will investigate opportunities to decentralise is welcome news. I agree with the Minister for Agriculture the Hon Barnaby Joyce who said the ability of the MDBA to successfully deliver its functions is underpinned by its ability to engage with Basin communities and…

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Working Holiday Maker Visa Holders Review

The Coalition Government today announced the commencement of a review and public consultation on the broad range of issues affecting the supply and remuneration conditions of labour performed by Working Holiday Maker visa holders. Assistant Minister Luke Hartsuyker, who has responsibility for agricultural workforce matters, will be leading the review. Federal Member for Parkes Mark…

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Dubbo resident receives two medals

Dubbo resident Mike Blake was presented with two significant medals at SES Headquarters in Dubbo this morning. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton was very pleased to join Deputy Premier Troy Grant, NSW SES Macquarie Region Controller David Monk and SES Deputy Region Controller Phil Lalor in presenting Mr Blake with these significant medals. Mr…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 8 AUGUST

On the road My wife Robyn and I had a busy week on the road last week attending meetings and events in Dubbo, Gunnedah and Moree. In Dubbo, I was very pleased to join the residents and staff members of Kintyre Living to officially turn the first sod for construction of an 80-bed residential aged…

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Roof replacement for Dubbo Men’s Shed

The Dubbo Men’s Shed Incorporated has successfully secured funding from the Commonwealth Government to undertake a much needed replacement of the roof on the Men’s Shed. Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton today announced $10,000 for the Dubbo Men’s Shed through Round 2 of the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Programme (SCP). Mr Coulton said that…

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Amenities at Bourke Showground set for upgrade

The Bourke Pastoral and Agricultural Association Incorporated has been successful in securing funding from the Commonwealth Government to undertake much needed upgrades of amenities at the Bourke Showground. Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton today announced $20,000 for the Bourke Pastoral and Agricultural Association through Round 2 of the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Programme (SCP).…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 1 AUGUST

ABS Census Over the past week my offices have received enquiries about the upcoming 2016 Census. It is compulsory for everyone to complete the Census as it provides important information about Australia’s people and their housing as well as helping to estimate Australia’s population. This information is then used to distribute government funds and plan…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 25 JULY

AEC Declaration The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has formally declared the result for the division of Parkes for the 45th Parliament, confirming my re-election as the Federal Member for Parkes. I am absolutely honoured to have been re-elected by the people of the Parkes electorate for a fourth term and I am very much looking…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 18 JULY

Tragedy during Bastille Day in Nice I was extremely saddened to awake to the terrible news last Friday of the attack on innocent people undertaking Bastille Day celebrations in Nice. It is truly disappointing that on France’s National Day, such a tragic event has taken place. I pass on my deepest sympathies to any local…

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