17 December, 2022
Coulton's Catch Up - December 13, 2022
Local pensioners can now earn more
I’m pleased that pensioners across the
Parkes electorate will now be able to earn
an additional $4000, before their income
has an impact on their pension rate.
The Nationals took this policy to the
Jobs and Skills Summit, so it’s great to
see it has now been adopted by the Labor
The boost will see the income cap
lifted from $7800 to $11,800 for eligible
age and veteran pensioners, before their
pension is reduced. This change allows
pensioners to earn an extra $300 per fortnight
before the income test is applied,
which will provide some relief ahead of
Not only will it help the hip pocket of
pensioners who want to find some extra
work, it will also help businesses that are
desperate to hire reliable and experienced
Have your say on cost-of-living pressures
The rising cost-of-living is having a
significant impact on household budgets,
community groups, and businesses
across the Parkes electorate.
That is why the coalition has established
a Senate Select Committee on the
Cost of Living, to inquire into and report
on, the causes of cost-of-living pressures
and how they are impacting Australians,
as well as develop sensible solutions to
address the issue.
The committee wants to hear from a
broad selection of Australians, so I
encourage individuals, families, and
community organisations in the Parkes
electorate to make a submission.
Submissions can be made via the
Congratulations to Parkes electorate
Sharing their stories of family separation, living with auditory dyslexia, and coming to terms with being gay, three talented young storytellers from the Parkes electorate were last week named 2023 Heywire winners.
Congratulations to Olivia from Gilgandra, Sophie from Broken Hill, and Jack who goes to school in Tamworth, who were among the 39 winners from across Australia.
Well done to each of
them for candidly sharing their personal
stories, providing a unique insight into
what it’s like to grow up in regional
It’s always wonderful to see the
Parkes electorate well represented in the
Heywire competition. Heywire provides
a powerful platform for rural youth to
share their stories, ensuring their voices
are heard far and wide.
Time for giving
This time of year, is a great opportunity
to give to those less fortunate, so I
was pleased to be able to place a gift
under the Big W Giving Tree while in
Dubbo last week.
It’s the first year the Dubbo Big W
has participated in the Giving Tree initiative,
which aims to support local families
in need and spread some Christmas
The Dubbo team has chosen to
support the charity “Doin’ It For Rural
I couldn’t resist buying a John Deere
tractor to put under the tree, and hope it
brings great joy to a local boy or girl this
You can also participate in this great initiative by placing an unwrapped gift under your local participating Big W tree or purchasing a token.