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Calling NT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander film makers to get involved in the Red Ochre initiative

NITV and Screen Territory have partnered on an exciting initiative and are calling for emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen practitioners based in the NT to get involved.

Chinese Tourists Are Coming: NT Delegation departs for first to China-Darwin flight

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss is leading a Territory delegation to China today ahead of the Donghai Airlines inaugural flight into Darwin from Shenzhen on Wednesday 30 May 2018.

Eyes of the AFL World on Alice Springs

The eyes of the AFL world will be on Alice Springs this weekend when the 2018 Toyota AFL Sir Doug Nicholls Round kicks off at Traeger Park. The AFL’s week-long celebration of Indigenous culture will start in the heart of Australia when the Demons takes on the Crows on Sunday.

Creating Jobs: 45 NT Tourism Industry Business Ready for Chinese Visitors

With Donghai Airlines inaugural direct flight from China (Shenzhen) to Darwin now just a week away, the Territory Labor Government have confirmed that 45 local businesses have now completed Tourism NT’s China Ready Workshops and are ready for visitors.


Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison today congratulated Seafarms on its significant announcement of Japanese global seafood giant Nissui’s investment in the company and Project Sea Dragon in the Northern Territory.

Something New: Supercars to Arrive in Night Parade

In a first, the Transporter Night Convoy will light up the streets of Darwin on Wednesday 13 June as it manoeuvers its way from Hidden Valley to the city from 6.15pm.

Generational Change: More Funding to Reduce Domestic, Family, and Sexual Violence

Domestic, family, and sexual violence is a serious and life threatening problem that crosses all ages, cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. It is also a problem that is preventable.

Generational change: Families as First Teachers program succeeding in Katherine

A key Territory Labor Government early childhood program has proven hugely popular with Katherine families, who have embraced it to give their children the best start in life.

Future legal eagle rewarded with Attorney-General’s award

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Natasha Fyles last night announced the recipient of this year’s Attorney-General’s Medal was law graduate Kiah Hanson. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Natasha Fyles last night announced the recipient of this year’s Attorney-General’s Medal was law graduate Kiah Hanson.

Creating Jobs: New Resources Project Approved for Tennant Creek

A new mining project 20km east of Tennant Creek has been approved.

Big revitalisation projects now underway in the capital of the North

Creating local jobs and growing the Territory’s population are key priorities for the Territory Labor Government.

More Tourists and Jobs: Darwin Water Park takes a Big Step Forward

The Territory Labor Government’s Darwin CBD-revitalising, job-creating investments have taken another major leap forward with a preferred site nominated and Expressions of Interest (EOI) called for the development of an international standard water theme park.

Tourists Are Coming: Customer Staff encouraged to attend Welcome China Lunch

In preparation for Donghai Airlines commencing direct flights from Shenzhen in Southern China to Darwin later this month, Top End based customer service staff are encouraged to attend a ‘Welcome China’ lunch and learn more about the expectations of visitors.

Federal Government abandons Territory children

The Turnbull Government has abandoned our most vulnerable Territorians – young children – by slashing early childhood funding without warning in the 2018-19 Federal Budget.

Creating Jobs and Protecting the Environment

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, is today travelling to the USA as part of a government delegation to learn from the world experts in shale gas production.

First Tourism NT campaign launches in Shenzhen, China

In preparation for Donghai Airlines commencing direct flights from Shenzhen in China to Darwin, Tourism NT has launched its first dedicated tourism campaign within Shenzhen and Southern China.

More Tourism Product: Celebrating Darwin’s CBD Heritage

A self-guided Darwin CBD Heritage Trail map has been released just in time for visitors to make the most of the cooler Dry Season weather.


Please see Federal, NTG and City of Darwin Media Release attached

Creating Generational Change: New Support Referral Service for Families

Families wanting advice and support will now have a dedicated new helpline to connect them with support services and resources.

Fostering an understanding of law and justice in our community

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Natasha Fyles addressed the 2018 NT Law Week Lunch this week thanking members of the legal profession for the role they play in our community.

Turbocharging Live Darwin Arts Program

The Territory Labor Government, through the Turbocharging Tourism $103 million stimulus package, is investing an additional $500,000 to enrich and activate the Darwin CBD.

Historic: Six Aboriginal Rangers Tasked to Protect our Fisheries

In a historic moment for Aboriginal employment and opportunity, the first Aboriginal rangers to become Fisheries Inspectors have been appointed.

Turbocharging Live Alice Mparntwe Arts Program

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss announced today as part of the Territory Labor Government’s Turbocharging Tourism $103 million stimulus package, the extension of the Live Alice Mparntwe Arts program with a third round. An additional $250,000 will enrich and activate the Alice Springs CBD with live music, dance performances and interactive workshops.

Moratorium on seabed mining in the NT’s coastal waters extended

Acting Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Eva Lawler confirmed today that a moratorium on seabed mining in the NT’s coastal waters had been extended.

Revitalising Darwin CBD: Cavenagh St Shade Structure Contract Awarded

The Territory Labor Government’s $100 million plan to revitalise Darwin CBD continues to gather pace with local company PTM Homes PTY LTD awarded a contract to construct a 55 metre cool, green canopy over Cavenagh Street.

More Jobs on the Way: Another Mining Project Receives Approval

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, said he is closer to authorising a major mining project in the Territory after TNG’s world-class Mount Peake project received environmental approval from the Australian Government.


The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility’s first investment in the Northern Territory will help expansion of an aquaculture business, creating regional jobs and helping meet increased demand for seafood.

Budget 2018: Growing Our Resources Sector to Create Jobs

The Territory Labor Government will invest $26 million in the Resourcing the Territory initiative over the next four years to increase investment in the NT and create more jobs.



Jobs for the Territory: New Mining Project One Step Closer

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, said he is a step closer to being able to authorise a new mining project and create jobs in Central Australia after the Australian Government gave environmental approval to Arafura Resources Ltd for its Nolans Project.

Making the NT ‘China Ready’ – Business and Tour Guides Prepare

In preparation for Donghai Airlines commencing direct flights from Shenzhen in Southern China to Darwin this month, the NT Government has been working to ensure the tourism sector is ‘China Ready’.

Territory students set for NAPLAN tests

NAPLAN testing is here again and Territory Education Minister Eva Lawler has urged parents and students to treat it like any other school day.

Creating Jobs and better housing for Territorians - $69 million Public Housing Stimulus Underway.

Local businesses and our most vulnerable Territorians are benefiting through the Territory Labor Governments $69 million public housing stimulus, which has begun.

Statement – Ministerial Arrangements

From tomorrow (Monday 14th), Lauren Moss will transition to her ministerial duties as Minister for Tourism & Culture and Minister for Corporate & Information Services following leave for personal reasons and we ask media to please continue to respect her privacy.


The Territory Labor Government introduced changes in Parliament this week to the Community Benefit Fund to ensure it benefits more Territorians.

Restoring Trust: Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill Passed in Parliament

The Territory Labor Government has delivered important reforms by passing the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill.

The Territory’s Nurses and Midwives recognised with Excellence Awards

The 2018 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards Gala Dinner was held this evening to announce the recipients of the 2018 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

Restoring Trust: First Independent Commissioner Against Corruption to be Appointed

The Territory Labor Government has announced Mr Kenneth Charles Fleming QC will be the first Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC).

Centralians Celebrate Cultural Diversity at Big Day Out in Harmony

Centralians will join together today to showcase and celebrate Alice Springs’ rich cultural diversity during the Big Day Out in Harmony festivities.

2017 Darwin Harbour Report Card

The Northern Territory’s coastal and marine environments are naturally and culturally significant and a vital component of the Top End lifestyle. The Territory coastline plays a key role in the economic and recreational life of the Territory and is home to important ecosystems and abundant sea life.

Have your Say on Swimming Pool Safety

Children’s safety is paramount to the Territory Labor Government and consultation will start soon to consider improvements to the current Swimming Pool Safety laws.

New Oval to be built for Elliott

The Territory Labor Government announced today $500,000 has been allocated to the Barkly Regional Council to build a new oval in Elliott. The funding is part of the $5 million Remote Sport Infrastructure Program.

Tourism Roadshow Presents the Territory’s Marketing Direction for 2018-19

Tourism NT is hosting Tourism marketing roadshow presentations in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs next week.

Creating Generational Change: Youth Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 Passed in Parliament

The Territory Labor Government today took a major step forward in reforming the youth justice system with the passing of the Youth Justice Amendment Bill 2018.

Budget 2018: Sandra Nelson delivers for Katherine

The Member for Katherine, Sandra Nelson, is working hard to ensure the NT Government continues to make a significant investment in Katherine.

Darwin Convention Centre Wins Gold at National Awards

Acting Minister for Tourism and Culture, Eva Lawler today congratulated the Darwin Convention Centre who was awarded winner of the Meeting Venue – 500 delegates or more category at the 2017 National Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) Industry Awards.

Massive Boost for Arafura Games: China On Board

The Arafura Games continues to grow with China officially signing up to take part.

Darwin Live Laneway Series #4 presents ‘Dance in the Dry @ Austin Lane’

The Laneway Series returns this Friday from 4 - 10 pm at a new location in Austin Lane (Graffiti Lane) between Knuckey Street & Edmund Street.

NRL State of Mind program launched in NT

The Territory Labor Government is investing $65k over two years to help fund the delivery of the NRL’s mental health program ‘State of Mind’.


The Territory Labor Government is building safer communities by cracking down on the secondary supply of alcohol.