Coalition boosts Dubbo with GRDC relocation

The Coalition Government has delivered on its commitment to relocate three Canberra-based rural research agencies to regional Australia, in a move that will boost local economies and strengthen communities.   Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce and Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, have today announced that the Grains Research and Development Corporation…

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New legislation to help farmers manage tough times

The Coalition Government has today introduced legislation delivering on a key Ag White Paper initiative to strengthen the Farm Management Deposit (FMD) scheme, enabling farmers to better manage during periods of uncertainty.   Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has introduced…

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Artlands Dubbo 2016 receives Commonwealth support

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s support for Artlands Dubbo 2016, the Regional Arts Australia national conference and arts festival.   “I am very pleased to announce that Regional Arts NSW Limited will receive over $77,000 towards the opening ceremony of Artlands Dubbo 2016, taking place in October this year,”…

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Safer Internet Day 2016

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton is encouraging schools across his electorate to participate in this year’s Safer Internet Day on 9 February 2016 through Virtual Classrooms run by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.   “More than 20,000 students across Australia are expected to participate in Safer Internet Day and I encourage teachers…

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Seasonal workers expanding to greener pastures

Australian agricultural employers and industries will benefit from changes announced to the Seasonal Worker Programme today.   The Government announced the expansion of the Programme from primarily horticulture to the broader agricultural sector, increasing the types of low and unskilled jobs included under the Programme.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has applauded this…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 8 FEBRUARY

Last week marked the first parliamentary sitting week of 2016 and what better way to end the week than with the signing of the agreed text for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).   The TPP is a landmark regional trade agreement covering some of the world’s largest economies including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico,…

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ABC Heywire winner recognised in Canberra

Local Heywire Competition winner, Matt Johnston, was recognised in Canberra this morning as part of the ABC’s Heywire Regional Youth Summit.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton joined in congratulating the Wellington born storyteller at an event at Parliament House this morning.   The annual Heywire Competition provides youth aged between 16 and 22…

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Sharing Ideas, Encouraging Innovation and Realising the Potential of Western NSW

Federal Member for the Parkes electorate, Mark Coulton today welcomed the announced nationwide community consultations which will inform the Australian Government’s new regional development policy.   “Regional Australia is at the forefront of Australia’s productivity and prosperity,” Mr Coulton said.   Regional Australia is the beneficiary of a number of programmes which generate opportunities and…

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