$52m injection for rural COVID-19 aeromedical retrievals

A $52.8 million aeromedical retrieval package to support rural and remote communities during the COVID-19 health emergency was announced today by Federal Regional Health Minister, Mark Coulton. Minister Coulton, making the announcement at the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) base in Dubbo today, said the Australian Government’s investment of close to $53 million will increase…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – More National Cabinet actions on COVID-19, NBN assistance for families + businesses, Federal Government guarantees domestic flight network

More National Cabinet actions on COVID-19 National Cabinet last week agreed that Australia will continue to progress a successful suppression/elimination strategy for the virus, with new modelling that has confirmed that measures put in place to suppress the virus have largely been successful. I have made it clear that I feel our efforts to minimise…

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Narrabri, Boggabri doctors supported to extend medical training

Federal Member for Parkes and Minister for Regional Health Mark Coulton has welcomed the news that three doctors in his electorate are being supported by the Federal Government to extend their medical training while continuing to work in their communities. “Congratulations to Drs Kumosha Abeyweera and Salma Hanif of the Boggabri Medical Centre, and Dr…

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Government backs local ideas for Inland Rail Interface Improvements

Intermodal hubs and new freight provisioning centres are amongst 16 local project proposals to be further developed with support from the Australian Government’s $44 million Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said an EY Australia-led consortium had been commissioned to further develop the…

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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 – Protect yourself against the flu, Meals on Wheels helps more at home, supporting households + small businesses

Protect yourself against the flu With the 2020 flu season not far away, I’m encouraging those in my electorate to book in for a vaccination against seasonal influenza during April – particularly people in vulnerable groups or age brackets. You can speak to your GP, pharmacist or aged care provider to arrange a flu vaccination.…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – COVID-19 stimulus progresses, Business hotline ramps up, NBN enhances data

COVID-19 stimulus progresses Last week I welcomed the news that Bills had passed Federal Parliament across two economic support packages worth $17.6 billion (package 1) and $66 billion (package 2). Farm Household Allowance, JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, parenting and special benefit payments will be boosted by a Coronavirus Supplement of $550 a fortnight from 27 April.…

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