Funding for education for rural children

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton was in Cobar yesterday to announce $68,620 grant funding for the Cobar Mobile Children’s Service. Mr Coulton is pictured with staff Olivia Watson and Braith Good, vice president Rebecca Dowling and pre-schoolers Aria Linnett, Tyler Beaver, Dean Poulter, Harpa Bartlett and Marlee Cummins.

Cobar Mobile Children’s Services has received $68,620 to continue their work helping isolated children experience the best possible start to their education.

The grant has been awarded by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) under its Tackling Tough Times Together initiative.

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton visited Cobar yesterday to make the announcement, and said the funding will give isolated children more educational opportunities.

“I’m thrilled Cobar Mobile Children’s Services has received funding under this FRRR initiative, which has been backed by the
Federal Coalition Government,” Mr Coulton said.

“This grant will be used to assist 24 children aged between four and 12 years, all based on isolated properties within the Cobar Shire.

“It will ensure the younger children are school-ready, and will keep the older children engaged with their school commitments.

“It will also support the employment of two early childhood educators,” he said.

“Getting children to attend school and complete their education is a priority for the Liberal and Nationals Government, and I’d like to commend Cobar Mobile Children’s Services on the work they are doing to support this.”

Mr Coulton said the FRRR plays a major role in helping regional communities cope with emergencies and natural disasters.

“It is great to see this latest injection of much-needed support into communities doing it particularly tough – a total of 48 community groups in drought-affected regions across the country,” Mr Coulton said.

Further information on the Tackling Tough Times Together program can be found on the Foundation’s website at