NSW Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton welcomed Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack to Dubbo recently to see how government funding was benefitting the region.

“With Dubbo Regional Council receiving $42,500 under the Building Better Regions Fund to bring more events to town, it was opportune to celebrate all things regional,” Mr Coulton said. “As the DPM says, this government is working hard to help regional areas forge ahead despite the challenging times, and I believe Dubbo is well-placed to stay ahead of the game when it comes to bringing economic stimulus into the region.”

While in town Mr Coulton invited Mr McCormack to join meetings with Dubbo Regional, Narromine and Gilgandra Shire councils to address some of their concerns and listen to their challenges.

“As Minister for Local Government I’m a proud advocate for councils right across my electorate and it’s always beneficial for the DPM to hear firsthand about the progress we are making in the Parkes electorate with local projects, infrastructure, community initiatives and more,” Mr Coulton said.

“Thank you to Jillian Kilby and the wonderful team at the Exchange who hosted the DPM and I at a regional connectivity roundtable. The Exchange is an excellent example of what forward-thinking members of our community can achieve by empowering regional small businesses to think outside the square and succeed.”

Mr Coulton also showed off the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Visitor Experience at the Dubbo base.

“This experience is all about getting hands-on and exploring the resilience and innovation of the flying doctor,” Mr Coulton said. “The RFDS’s commitment to delivering urgent medical care is astounding – I would urge anyone to check out the visitor experience and see for yourself what makes it so special.”