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BDR - Territorians Urged to Get ID

The Territory Labor Government will waive the fees for two key forms of identification from today, to ensure all Territorians have ID for the Banned Drinker Register (BDR). Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said Birth Certificates and Evidence of Age cards will be free of charge for the next six months.

Delivering on PET Scanner and second CT facility - $6-million Tender Awarded

The Territory Labor Government is marking a significant milestone in the development of the PET Scanner Project with a tender awarded for construction this week. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said local construction company Sitzler had been awarded the $6 million contract to build the facility.

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Making Our Community Safer – BDR Registrar Appointed

The Territory Labor Government has appointed a new Registrar for the Banned Drinker Register (BDR). The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles announced today that Territory clinician Christine Kelly has been appointed to the role of BDR Registrar.

Igniting a Passion for Careers in Primary Industry

Primary industries are a major contributor to the Territory economy and today a group of Year 10 students learnt about the exciting job opportunities available in the industry on a visit to Berrimah Farm and the Darwin Aquaculture Centre at Channel Island.

A Tasty Future for Territory Barra Industry

World-renowned Japanese sashimi chef Hideo Dekura and representatives from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) are in the Territory to test whether barramundi is suitable for the Japanese delicacy.

BDR Testing – Scanning Starts Tomorrow in Six Communities

The Territory Labor Government will start scanning ID’s at takeaway liquor outlets in 6 communities tomorrow to ensure equipment is ready for the Banned Drinker Register’s (BDR) return on 1 September 2017. From tomorrow residents and visiting tourists wanting to buy takeaway alcohol in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Groote Eylandt and Milikapiti will have to show ID before being allowed to purchase.

Making Our Community Safer - BDR Passed by Parliament

The Territory Labor Government has delivered on a key election promise today, with legislation for the Banned Drinker Register (BDR) passed by Parliament. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said this is a significant milestone in government’s plan to make the Territory safer.

EOI for NT EPA Members Now Open

Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources Lauren Moss, has welcomed the opening of the expression of interest (EOI) process for three members of the independent Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA).

Future-look of Australia’s Northern Capital – Have Your Say

A concept video that sets out how Darwin’s city centre could be transformed into a tropical, world-renowned destination, creating more jobs for Territorians and boosting tourism, has been unveiled by the Territory Labor Government.

No Time for False Health Messaging

The Territory Labor Government has slammed the Opposition for misleading Territorians on treatment for the Banned Drinker Register (BDR). The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said Departments have worked solidly to reintroduce the BDR in line with best practice.

Territory Jobs Key to Resource Industry

The resources sector will continue to underpin economic development in the Northern Territory in the coming years, creating jobs for Territorians and positioning Darwin as the capital of the North.

Memorial Service for Dr G. Yunupingu

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today announced a Memorial Service for the late Dr G. Yunupingu.

Creating jobs and backing Territory businesses

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, will help launch the Territory’s largest industry exhibition in Darwin this week, delivering a keynote speech at the event.

Giving victims a voice: Early results from youth diversion

The Territory Labor Government’s investment in youth diversion has seen 15 court ordered victim offender conferences delivered since funding was announced in February, to break the cycle of crime in the Territory.

Making Our Community Safer - BDR Set to Pass Parliament

The Territory Labor Government is marking a significant milestone this sittings with legislation for the Banned Drinker Register expected to pass parliament this week. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said the Alcohol Harm Reduction Bill that establishes the BDR will be debated for the final time this week ahead of a September 1 roll out

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Making Our Community Safer – Free ID for BDR

The Territory Labor Government will waive the fee for two key forms of ID in preparation for the return of the Banned Drinker Register (BDR) next month.

Luxury French cruise ship L’Austral to home port in Darwin

In a significant win for the Top End tourism industry, the Territory Labor Government has today welcomed the arrival of Ponant’s luxury French expedition ship l’Austral in to Darwin Harbor to home port in Darwin from August to September 2017.

BDR – Equipment testing set to start

The Territory Labor Government will begin testing ID scanners next week to ensure equipment is ready for the Banned Drinker Register’s (BDR) return on 1 September 2017.

Boosting the Territory’s buffalo industry to create jobs

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles today launched Australia’s first Water Buffalo Manual, which aims to help the development of Australia’s Water Buffalo Industry.

Better resourcing for improved audit processes

The Territory Government has directed the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) to further increase resourcing for audit and compliance functions within the Department, following allegations of misuse of the Indigenous Employment Provision Sum (IEPS) by a number of Territory businesses.

First NT Community to Reach 50% Renewable Energy

Nauiyu (Daly River) will be the first remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory to reach the Territory Labor Government’s 50 per cent renewable energy target.

MANYALLALUK STUDENTS GET THE ROYAL TREATMENT

It was “big smiles and jumping for joy” at Manyallaluk School when students received a letter from Buckingham Palace!

Breaking the cycle of crime: Improving accountability for kids on bail

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on its promise to reform the youth justice system, calling for proposals for service providers to deliver supported bail accommodation programs in Darwin and Alice Springs.

Delivering for children in the Bush – FaFT program opens in the Katherine Region

The Territory Labor Government has delivered on another key election commitment, officially opening the Jilkminggan-Mataranka Families as First Teachers (FaFT) program.

NT Government brings Aussie cricket heroes to Darwin

The Territory Labor Government, in partnership with Cricket Australia, will host the Australian test cricket team in Darwin today as they prepare for their upcoming Test series against Bangladesh.

Growing the NT Screen and Film Industry

In a boost for local jobs and the NT screen industry, the Territory Labor Government is providing funds to a new Talent Camp for emerging filmmakers and storytellers

Water Conservation Measures to be Introduced in Katherine

The Northern Territory Government has announced water conservation measures for Katherine – to help manage the town’s drinking water supply during the upcoming peak demand period. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said the measures that start 21st August will help to manage water demand, particularly during the town’s peak months of September and October.

Water Treatment Plant to be provided to Katherine Community to assist with management of PFAS

Please find attached a joint media release from Chief Minister Michael Gunner and Federal Defence Minister Senator Marise Payne, regarding a Water Treatment for facility for Katherine.

MINISTER MOSS TO FIGHT FOR BETTER TERRITORY TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister for Corporate and Information Services Lauren Moss will be in Canberra tomorrow to hold a range of meetings with Federal Government Ministers and Senators.

The Robots are taking over! Parliament House transforms for Skills 2021

More than 1000 students are flying, buzzing and puzzling their way through Parliament House for Skills 2021 - where drones, robots and 3D objects have taken over the Great Hall.

Switched on: Mobile phone and broadband services in Manyallaluk

In a boost for local jobs and community development, residents of Manyallaluk have received mobile phone and fixed broadband services thanks to a three-year, $30 million co-investment program between the Territory Labor Government and Telstra.

Creating Job Opportunities - Scholarship on offer for aspiring earth scientists

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, is encouraging aspiring earth scientists, mining and petroleum engineers and metallurgists to apply for a three-year university scholarship.

Fighting for Territory jobs and businesses in 457 visa battle

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, will fly to Canberra today lobbying against changes proposed by the federal government to the skilled work visa Subclass 457 and skilled migration program.

Mining talent in remote communities

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, will officially open the Gulkula Mining Training Centre at Garma Festival today.

Turnbull Govt proposal could leave public hospitals out of pocket

Labor Health Ministers from across Australia today banded together against a Turnbull Government proposal which could allow the Commonwealth to dodge paying states and territories hundreds of millions of dollars in promised funding for public hospitals.

Indigenous Employment Provision Sum Suspended

Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison has announced the suspension of the Indigenous Employment Provision Sum (IEPS) scheme, following advice received from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL).

Health Minister will fight for NT’s interests at COAG

Minister for Health Natasha Fyles will fight for stronger health outcomes for Territorians, travelling to Brisbane to attend the National Health Ministerial Council today.

Creating Jobs: Financial Security for the Construction and Property Development Sectors

Visiting a building site in Palmerston today, Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy has urged the construction and property development sector to put forward proposals to provide residential houses for use as social housing.

Restoring Trust - First Palmerston schools benefit from key election promise

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on a key election commitment to provide $300,000 to every NT school to enhance learning environments for students.

Million Dollar Fish Season 3 Opens – A Big Win for Tourism

The famous Million Dollar Fish competition is back for season three and will lure large numbers of fishing fanatics to the Northern Territory, providing a big win for tourism and local jobs.

A Night in the Mall Contributing to a Vibrant CBD

In another boost to the Territory Labor Government’s revitalisation of the CBD, A Night in the Mall, a micro music festival in the heart of Darwin city, has been announced and will provide free music as part of the 4th Boutique Markets this Friday, 4 August.

Job-creating Budget right on target for the Territory

Northern Territory Treasurer Nicole Manison has today welcomed the Moody’s update and credit opinion for the Northern Territory as Aa2 stable.

New Chair for Development Consent Authority

Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison today announced Ms Suzanne Philip as the new Chair of the Northern Territory’s Development Consent Authority (DCA).

$300k boost to support Seniors

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on another election promise to reduce the rates of elder abuse, providing $300,000 for a range of jobs and initiatives that will improve awareness and offer resources for those suffering from elder abuse.

Call for 200 Residential Properties for Six Year Leases

Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy today called for property developers interested in leasing their properties for six year periods, to submit proposals to supply dwellings as public housing.

Making Our Community Safer – Scanners roll out across Top End

Equipment for the Banned Drinker Register (BDR) is being rolled out in Darwin, Palmerston and the rural area this week, ahead of its Territory-wide return in just over a month.

Election Commitment Delivered as Aboriginal Ranger Grants Open

Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources Lauren Moss, has today announced that applications are open for the new Aboriginal Ranger Grants Program.

Delivering better health outcomes and jobs for Alice Springs

Work will start today on $550,000 worth of renovations to Flynn Drive Health Centre in Alice Springs to improve capacity and care for patients at the Centre.