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Depreciation for local farmers brought forward

Farmers across the Parkes electorate can now claim a tax deduction on all capital expenditure on water facilities, fodder storage assets and fencing incurred since the 2015 Budget was handed down at 7:30pm on 12 May 2015.   Farmers can fully deduct the cost of water facilities and fencing in ... ... (27-May)

NBN Rollout Progresses

The NBN will begin construction in areas covering an additional 3,400 premises in the Gulgong and Wellington areas in coming months as the company expands its multi-technology mix rollout. The company is expanding the rollout of its fibre to the node network, with an additional 168,000 premises due... ... (27-May)

Youth allowance changes to give local families better support

The Abbott Coalition Government will introduce more generous means testing arrangements for youth payments from 1 January 2016 to give families in the Parkes electorate better opportunities to support their children from school to further study, Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said today. ... ... (26-May)

Country towns receive boost to attract doctors

Towns throughout the Parkes electorate are among 450 country towns who will find it easier to attract doctors under an overhauled GP Rural Incentives Program, Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said.   Under changes announced by Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, some 450 countr... ... (26-May)

Funding for Sporting Schools now open

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said sporting opportunities for children were set to expand now that local primary schools could apply for funding through the Abbott Government’s $100 million Sporting Schools programme.   Mr Coulton said the before, during and after school hours spor... ... (26-May)

Connecting job seekers and jobactive providers

The transition to the Australian Government’s new jobactive employment service took another step forward today with job seekers starting to receive advice about which local firm will help them to look for work in the future.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said that the Government’... ... (26-May)

Local business benefiting from small business package

The Coalition Government’s Growing Jobs and Small Business package has attracted positive feedback from local businesses across the Parkes electorate.   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, has received praise from numerous local businesses that are already experiencing increases in sales... ... (25-May)

Local business benefiting from small business package

New scholarships for rural arts leaders

Mark Coulton, Federal Member for Parkes, has invited aspiring arts leaders living in regional and rural Australia to apply for a new scholarship to further develop their leadership skills.   “The Australia Council Scholarship will provide $150,000 over the next three years for three high-perf... ... (25-May)

Round Two opens for Stronger Regions

Councils and incorporated not-for-profit organisations in the electorate of Parkes will now be able to apply for funding of between $20,000 and $10 million for capital infrastructure projects under Round Two of the National Stronger Regions Fund.   The National Stronger Regions Fund demonstra... ... (20-May)

Coulton demands re-think for Walgett branch closure

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, has expressed his anger regarding the future of the Walgett branch of the National Australia Bank (NAB).  The NAB wrote to Mr Coulton in April this year advising that the Walgett branch will close on Friday, 2 October 2015 because the premises in Fox St... ... (15-May)

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