Federal Nationals Member for Parkes has an enormous electorate to cover – it accounts for almost half of NSW in size. But he hasn’t let that stop him from getting to every nook and cranny as he serves the local communities he loves.

“It was wonderful to be back in the North West of my electorate, meeting with community groups and others.
It’s very impressive seeing how businesses in the Parkes electorate are faring, particularly those in hospitality and tourism, as they begin to slowly open their doors and hopefully return to a new normal over the coming months,” Mr Coulton said.

“One of those is the Outback Shack at the Narrabri RSL which is doing an incredible job serving customers while adhering to the restrictions that are in place to limit any further spread of COVID-19. We are operating in unprecedented times and I enjoyed the opportunity to check in with local businesses while I was on the road.

“While in Narrabri, I officially opened a new mobile respiratory clinic which will travel between Gunnedah, Narrabri and Boggabri to treat patients with COVID-19-like symptoms. I caught up with Dr Hanif to hear about how the clinic is going in its first week of operation.

“This is just another way that we are bolstering our local capacity to deal with potential COVID-19 outbreaks in the Parkes electorate. The Federal Government is establishing more than 100 GP-led respiratory clinics across the country to assess patients with mild to moderate flu-like symptoms.

“I caught up with local volunteers at Gunnedah Meals on Wheels and Boggabri Men’s Shed. Both community groups have received grants from the Federal Government to support them in the essential work they do for their communities.

“Another grant has gone to Narrabri’s community radio station, 2Max FM, which is fantastic news for 2Max and its listeners – these funds will cover the fit-out of a second studio. I was pleased to catch up with the 2Max team while I was in town, and I look forward to seeing completed works later in the year.”