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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COULTON’S CATCH UP 1 FEBRUARY

As part of my Parliamentary Committee service in Canberra, I am currently a Member of the House of Representatives Indigenous Affairs Committee.   With the Federal electorate of Parkes currently spanning one-third of Western New South Wales (NSW), I am proud to represent more Aboriginal people than nearly any other Member of Parliament in Canberra.…

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Federal Member secures support for national memorial at Condobolin racecourse

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton was very pleased to present Lachlan Shire Council with a grant towards the construction of a National Jockeys Memorial Garden at the Condobolin racecourse this week.   Mr Coulton secured the $15,000 grant through the Commonwealth Government’s Stronger Communities Programme which is designed to fund small capital projects that…

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New funding helps Bourke tackle violence against women

Bourke Aboriginal Health Service (BAHS) has been awarded $150,000 from the Commonwealth Government to help address domestic and family violence.   The Building Safe Communities for Women grant will enable BAHS to run workshops with the Bourke community to develop actions that will address domestic and family violence.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton…

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Coulton impressed with local land management

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton today visited the Taylor family’s property outside of Wellington to discuss the benefits of sustainably managing natural pasture.   Mr Coulton believes the potential for sequestering carbon under natural pastures is largely under recognised.   The Taylor family have been carefully managing their soils and pastures for many years…

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