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Fast-tracking Police Recruits for Safer Communities

The Territory Labor Government has fast-tracked the recruitment of 30 experienced police officers from around the country as part of an Accelerated Recruit Program (ARP), Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced today.

Boosting jobs and economic productivity in regional and remote areas

The Territory Labor Government today introduced the Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 into Parliament to help boost jobs and economic productivity in regional and remote areas by unlocking the development potential of the pastoral estate.

NT batonbearers announced for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

A Territory scout leader and a chef for the homeless are among more than 130 batonbearers who will carry the Queen’s Baton when it visits the NT next year ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Creating 8,000 Jobs - the Key to the Territory’s Economic Future

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today addressed the NT Major Projects Conference, reaffirming the Territory Labor Government’s backing of private sector-led development to create thousands of jobs for Territorians.

Protecting Territorians on Local Waterways

The Territory Labor Government has passed important legislative changes to keep Territory families safe on local waterways. The Leader of Government Business Natasha Fyles said the Criminal Code Amendment (Dangerous Navigation of Vessels) Bill passed parliament today.

Restoring Trust - Planning for a Vibrant Territory Future

Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison today launched an important process to begin to improve the NT planning system and create a shared vision for the Territory’s future.


The Territory Labor Government’s $50 million investment in recreational fishing infrastructure continues to gather pace, with contracts awarded for three new feasibility studies into key fishing projects.

Putting on Big Local Events - Tickets on sale for Big Bash

Territory cricket fans will get their chance to be a part of the Big Bash League action with tickets now on sale for the first ever Alice Springs game.

2017 On Track to be Biggest Year for Remote Housing in NT History

The biggest year ever in remote housing in the Territory is creating jobs, building local skills and improving the lives of hundreds of people in remote Aboriginal communities, right across the Territory.

Creating Jobs While Caring for Pets

PAWS Darwin officially opened its newly renovated premises in Berrimah today.

Fishing for Jobs and Recreation

In great news for local business and fishos, two more contracts have been awarded for projects under the Territory Labor Government’s $50 million investment in recreational fishing infrastructure.

Towering Up at TIO Stadium

TIO Stadium will see the light, following the installation of a fifth light tower and the upgrade of existing infrastructure that will open up opportunities for digital broadcasting quality vision at evening matches.

Boosting the NT economy - Territory Mangoes on the World Stage

Northern Territory mango farmers are experiencing a bumper crop this year and, in a further boost for sales, Top End mangoes are being flown directly from Darwin to Singapore.

Recognising Years of Dedicated Service

Members of the Northern Territory Public Service were recognised for their dedication to the job at the NTPS Recognition of Service Milestones awards ceremony at Parliament House today.

A 21st Worth Marking - Overcrowding Eased by Room to Breathe

Additional living spaces have now been built in 21 remote Aboriginal communities under Room to Breathe – part of the Territory Labor Government’s 10-year record $1.1 billion remote housing program, Our Community. Our Future. Our Homes.

Parrtjima to shine on in 2018

Alice Springs is set to light up again in 2018 in celebration of Central Australian Aboriginal art and culture for the third annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light instalment.

Darwin CBD Street Art Festival – Local artists announced

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss today announced the local artists that will paint eight massive murals on Darwin buildings as part of the inaugural Darwin Street Art Festival.

Work Starts on RDH Carpark - Jobs and Better Health Access

Heavy machinery is rolling into Royal Darwin Hospital as construction officially begins on the Territory Labor Government’s new multi-million dollar car park.

Youth Justice Reforms Take Shape

The Territory Labor Government’s plan to improving youth justice took another step forward today with the passing of changes to legislation which completes the transfer of responsibility of youth justice and youth detention to Territory Families.

Restoring Trust: Independent Commission Against Corruption will be the focus of October sittings

The October sittings of the Legislative Assembly, which began this morning, will see the Territory Labor Government continue to deliver on its election commitment of restoring trust and integrity, Leader of Government Business, Natasha Fyles said.

NT Delegation at Indonesia’s largest Trade Expo

Chief Minister Michael Gunner will lead a delegation of 20 business, industry and Government officials to Indonesia’s largest business trade event this week.


The Territory Labor Government will continue to fight to get a fair share of GST for Territorians, Treasurer Nicole Manison said today.

Creating Jobs and Boosting the Economy – Gold Mine Expansion

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today officially opened the US$120 million (A$154 million) expansion of Newmont’s Tanami Operations at Granites Gold Mine.

Solar cars are off to Adelaide

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss today waved off the solar cars competing in this year’s 3000 kilometre race from Darwin to Adelaide.

First ever Women in Sport Advisory Committee - EOI Open

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss today announced the opening of an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the inaugural Women in Sport Advisory Committee which aims to increase participation and leadership opportunities for women in sport in the Northern Territory.


A Families as First Teachers (FAFT) program based in Arnhem Land has been celebrated for its community engagement and collaborative focus at tonight’s Northern Territory Education and Care Awards.

First $10k barra for Season 3 of the Million Dollar Fish competition caught by local NT fisho

Northern Territory resident George Voukolos has become the first fisho for 2017 to reel in a barramundi worth $10,000 as part of the NT Government’s Million Dollar Fish competition Season 3.

Minister attends Building Forum in Brisbane

Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison will travel to Brisbane today for the Federal and State Building Ministers Forum.


The Northern Territory and Australian Governments have signed a $10 million agreement to continue rehabilitation planning for the former Rum Jungle Mine Site near Batchelor.

Delivering a better future for Territory kids – Have Your Say

Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Children Nicole Manison today launched a draft 10-year plan to give Territory kids the best start in life.

Protecting Territory Businesses against cyber threats

The Territory Labor Government is investing in protecting Territory businesses from the growing risks of cybercrime and growing skills in the Northern Territory.

WWII maritime mystery solved - SS Macumba shipwreck found

After lying hidden on the seabed for 74 years SS Macumba, sunk in WWII by a Japanese air attack has finally been located off the Northern Coast of Arnhem Land in the Arafura Sea by CSIRO’s RV Investigator as it transited from Sydney to Broome.

Indigenous Economic Development Forum: Developing our Future Together

One of the largest Indigenous economic development events in Australia will be held in the Territory later this month, Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo has announced.

Changing the face of Darwin CBD– Walls that Talk

The Territory Labor Government’s vision to revitalise the Darwin CBD – making it a leading tourist and cultural destination, and creating jobs for Territorians – has taken a colourful step forward with the announcement of an inaugural Darwin Street Art Festival.

Listening to the community, restoring trust in planning

Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison today announced there will be no blanket dual occupancy policy in the Northern Territory.

New funding targets after-hours youth activities in Palmerston

Palmerston Local Members, Eva Lawler and Tony Sievers, today announced $250,000 in extra grant funding for Palmerston based community groups to deliver additional after-hours youth activities.


Earlier today an ambulance was called to Parliament House to treat Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles.

Transforming the CBD: Live Darwin Arts Program Round 2

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss, has today announced the opening of Live Darwin Arts Program Round 2.

Arts Trail Regional Stimulus Grants boosting our regional galleries

The Territory Labor Government’s vision to develop the NT as the world’s premier destination has taken a leap forward with 30 regional and remote organisations receiving an infrastructure boost under the Arts Trail Regional Stimulus grant program.


Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy today congratulated interpreters and translators on their work to help Territorians stay connected to their communities and government services on International Translation Day.

Defence Conference to Create and Support Territory Jobs

The Territory Labor Government is leading a business delegation to promote the Territory’s maritime and defence industry capabilities – which helps create jobs for Territorians - at the Pacific 2017 Expo in Sydney next week.

NT History Grants available for history buffs

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss, has today announced the opening of the 2017 NT History grants for projects delivered next year.

Creating Jobs - Territory Seafood Industry Has A Bright Future

The Northern Territory seafood sector has turned heads in Sydney, taking out three trophies at the National Seafood Industry Awards.


The Territory Labor Government is delivering on its election promise to boost funding for local government to deliver better infrastructure in remote Aboriginal communities.

Breaking the Cycle of Crime – Parole Sanctions Matrix Released

The Territory Labor Government is working to stop reoffending, releasing for the first time its tough new Parole Sanctions Matrix that can be applied to parolees from next month. The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Natasha Fyles said it’s important to invest in programs to stop people who have been released from prison reoffending.

$2 million NDIS Grants for Innovative Projects

The Territory Labor Government is accepting applications for the $2 million National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Innovation Grant Project. Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said the Office of Disability secured the funding from the Australian Government, Sector Development Fund to help support the transition to the NDIS across the Territory.

Barneson Boulevard – providing solutions for Darwin’s CBD

Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison today welcomed the opportunity to further discuss the Barneson Boulevard project with City of Darwin.

Listening and Acting: Government Announces Action Plan to Combat Anti-social Itinerant Behaviour

A comprehensive suite of measures to address anti-social itinerant behaviour and homelessness in Darwin was unveiled today by the Territory Labor Government.

$3 Million to Improve Mental Health Services

The Territory Labor Government has announced a new $3 million housing initiative to support Territorians with ongoing mental illness. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said this is an important step in insuring that Territorians can live in the safe, vibrant and inclusive communities that they are entitled to.

Palmerston Regional Hospital – Preparing for Services

The Territory Labor Government has announced the services that will be on offer at Palmertson Regional Hospital (PRH) next year. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said PRH is on track to open mid 2018 with furnishings, fittings and equipment already being procured.