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Job-Creating Event Underway in Alice Springs

The Territory Labor Government’s premier resources event kicks off in Alice Springs today. The Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES) brings researchers, geoscientists, explorers and investors together to network, share knowledge and identify future opportunities in the exploration sector.

First major win for Turbocharging Tourism - Alice Springs to Welcome New Virgin Airline Route

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss welcomed the announcement today by Virgin Australia that it will commence a new route between Brisbane and Alice Springs from 19 June 2018.

Tennant Creek Incident – Internal Review Findings and Recommendations Released

Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield today released findings and recommendations of an internal Territory Families review into their ‘whole of life’ involvement with a child that was involved in an alleged sexual assault in Tennant Creek last month.

New Change Rooms enhancing NTAFL on the Tiwi Islands

Construction on new NTAFL change rooms at Wurrumiyanga on the Tiwi Islands commenced this month, following the awarding of the contract to local company, Tiwi Contractors.

Safer Communities: United Against Bullying

More than 27,000 Territory students will take a stand against bullying today, on National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence in Schools.

A Way Forward for Children and Families in the Northern Territory

Chief Minister Michael Gunner, Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield and Attorney-General Natasha Fyles met with Federal Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan this morning to discuss both Governments’ response to the Royal Commission into Youth Justice and Child Protection in the Northern Territory.

Live Darwin Laneway Series Returns with Culture in the Arcades

The Live Darwin Laneway Series returns to Darwin City tomorrow, Friday 16 March from 4-9pm with the third event set to celebrate Darwin’s multicultural communities and creative artists.

‘Territory’ Eels sign for another two years

The Territory Labor Government has renewed its partnership with the NRL and Parramatta ‘Territory’ Eels signing a two-year agreement to secure premiership games in the NT for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Restoring Trust: Parliament Passes New Laws to Protect Public Interest Journalism

The Territory Labor Government is restoring trust in government and ensuring transparency with Parliament passing legislation to strengthen protections for NT journalists. The Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said Territorians want and deserve a government they can trust – and ensuring a strong local media is key to delivering that.

CBF Grants Close Friday

The Territory Labor Government is reminding Territorians to get their applications in for the Community Benefit Fund Grants before close of business this Friday. The Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said this will be the final round of grants under the current system with planned changes and improvements ahead.

24 ADDITIONAL CCTV Cameras to Keep Communities Safer

Twenty four CCTV cameras will be installed at locations in Nightcliff, Palmerston and Tennant Creek with the awarding of a $1 million tender - part of the Territory Labor Government’s plans to tackle alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.

International Visitor Survey supports Turbocharging Tourism Plan

Tourism Research Australia has released the results from the latest international Visitor Survey IVS for the year ending December 2017 providing insight into international visitor trends to the NT in comparison to the rest of Australia.

Historic Day for Adoption Rights in the Territory

Northern Territory law will no longer discriminate against Territorians who are capable of providing loving and safe homes for children. In an historic move, amendments to the NT Adoption of Children Act were passed today in the Legislative Assembly that will allow de facto and same sex couples the legal right to adopt children in the Territory.


The Territory Labor Government is building safer communities with key alcohol legislation expected to be introduced to Parliament this sittings. Leader of Government Business Natasha Fyles said the legislation will empower Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors to conduct point of sale duties.

Building Safer Communities: Alcohol Restrictions Extended for Tennant Creek

The Territory Labor Government is building safer communities in Tennant Creek by extending alcohol restrictions in the town. The Attorney-General Natasha Fyles has used her powers to impose restrictions for three months, while the Territory’s new Liquor Commission consults on longer term conditions for the town.

Twelve Police officers to Target Secondary Supply of Alcohol in NT

Twelve police officers will target secondary supply as part of the Territory Labor Government’s comprehensive plans unveiled yesterday to tackle alcohol-related crime.

Community comes together to protect the Todd River

Member for Namatjira, Chansey Paech, today announced the inaugural membership of the Lhere Mparntwe (leer-ra m-barn-twa) Working Group.

Delivering High-Quality Services: New Palliative Care Centre for Central Australia

The Australian and Northern Territory Governments are dramatically improving end-of-life care services in Central Australia with today’s opening of the ampere amantye-akeme palliative care centre. The 10-bed facility was built with $5.3 Million Australian Government funding and $1 Million from the Northern Territory Government.

New $5.3 Million Home for Fisheries NT Creates Jobs

Following an extensive public tendering process involving a tender assessment panel, local company Jaytex Construction Pty Ltd has been selected to construct new headquarters for the Fisheries Division of the Department of Primary Industry and Resources.


The Territory Labor Government has announced a multi-million dollar overhaul of the Alice Springs Courts to improve facilities and function - including the provision of a specialised Domestic Violence Court. The Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said Alice Springs residents deserve a high quality justice system and the upgrades will deliver that.

Comprehensive Plan to Stop Alcohol-Fuelled Violence

An additional 75 police auxiliaries will be trained as Liquor Inspectors and stationed in front of bottle shops as part of a comprehensive Territory Labor Government plan to stop alcohol-fuelled violence in the NT.

Growing our Population – the key to the Territory’s bright future

Growing the Northern Territory’s population is critical to growing our economy.

$20 million to revitalise public housing complexes: Creating jobs for Territorians

The Territory Labor Government is creating more jobs across the Territory.

Have Your Say: Supporting Students with Additional Needs

The Territory Labor Government is undertaking a review of policies and practices for Students with Additional Needs attending NT Government schools, and wants you to have your say.

Celebrating Remarkable Rural Territory Women

Three inspiring Territorians have been named as finalists in the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.



Celebrating Territory Women on International Women’s Day 2018

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world on 8 March each year. It is a day to celebrate the contribution that women make to their local communities, as well as encouraging conversations about contemporary gender issues that women face.

The World is Their Oysters: Job Opportunities in Remote Communities

A project to create jobs in remote communities has reached another milestone with the most successful hatchery of blacklip rock oysters at Darwin Aquaculture Centre (DAC) so far.

$69 million Public Housing Repairs and Maintenance Stimulus: Creating jobs and better housing for Territorians

Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy today announced a $69 million housing repairs and maintenance program to boost the construction industry, create local jobs and improve living standards across the Territory.

Protecting Industry and Jobs: A Biosecurity Success Story

Strong biosecurity practices are essential for the success of the NT’s agricultural sector, and a Territory business is setting the national standard at the Australian Biosecurity Awards.

Brimful of Barra: 100,000 Fingerlings Released in Manton Dam

The future of fishing in Manton Dam received a boost today with the release of 100,000 fingerlings at the popular family fishing spot.

New Tennant Creek Early Childhood Integrated Learning Hub — Creating Stronger Families

Every Territory child deserves the best start in life and the Northern Territory Government is investing to meet the needs of our youngest Territorians now and into the future.


CLP Leader Gary Higgins continues to fight for Canberra and not the NT, Treasurer Nicole Manison said today. Rather than fight to get Federal Government funding to implement the Royal Commission recommendations, he has again taken their side and opposed generational change.

RDH Car park Taking Shape

The Territory Labor Government is keeping its promise to Territorians with the multi-storey car park at the Royal Darwin Hospital starting to take shape. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said patients and staff want and deserve access to high quality health services.

Turbocharging Tourism: $12.1 million boost for Litchfield Adventure Park

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss announced today a $12.1 million boost to open up new areas of Litchfield National Park to visitors, working with key stakeholders.

Make Your Way to the Exit: Supporting Students’ Creativity

The 2018 Exit Art exhibition opens today and runs until Sunday, 13 May, 2018.


The Territory Labor Government is delivering high quality cancer treatment and diagnosis services with the final construction tender for the PET Scanner Project awarded. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles today announced Sitzler had been awarded the $10.5 Million contract to expand treatment at the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre and build the facility needed to produce isotopes needed for the PET service.

Alice the Inland Capital is the rightful home of National Aboriginal Art Gallery

The rightful home for a National Aboriginal Art Gallery is Alice Springs, on the doorstep of Namatjira country, Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said following comments that it should be based in Adelaide.

Safer Communities: Response to the 227 Recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

The Territory Labor Government today announced it will accept the intent and direction of all 227 Royal Commission recommendations, delivered in its final report late last year.

The Million Dollar Question

The much-anticipated secret tag number for the Million Dollar Fish in Season 3 has been unveiled today.

2017/18 Environment Grants – supporting grassroots efforts to protect and enhance our precious environment

MacFarlane Primary School in Katherine will receive $5,000 to create a bush tucker garden as part of the latest round of Environment Grants.

Turbocharging Tourism: Expanding Tourism Opportunities in Nitmiluk National Park

Katherine will receive a $5.5 million investment into tourism infrastructure to expand walking opportunities in Nitmiluk National Park as part of the Territory Labor Government’s record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package.

Bush Foods in Demand: Supporting Jobs for Territorians

The bush foods industry has a bright future and the Territory Labor Government is supporting the sector to create jobs for Territorians in remote and regional areas.

Paspaley Flying Boats offer new Tourism Experience

The Territory tourism industry just got an added boost with the launch of Paspaley’s luxurious flying boat venture tours.


CORRECTING WEBSITE DETAILS The Territory Labor Government has outlined sweeping alcohol reforms to achieve generational change, in today’s response to the Riley Review into alcohol policy and legislation. The Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said there’s too much alcohol fuelled violence and crime in the Territory, it affects every community and it has to be addressed.


The Territory Labor Government has outlined sweeping alcohol reforms to achieve generational change, in today’s response to the Riley Review into alcohol policy and legislation. The Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said there’s too much alcohol fuelled violence and crime in the Territory, it affects every community and it has to be addressed.

NT bringing home the gold at the Australian Tourism Awards

Kakadu National Park has taken out the top prize in the Major Tourist Attractions category at the 2017 Australian Tourism Awards held in Perth on Friday evening. Offering visitors the chance to experience one of the world’s most outstanding natural and cultural attractions, Kakadu National Park covers nearly 20,000 square kilometres of exceptional natural beauty and unique biodiversity.

Early Intervention Learning Hub Changing Lives

Families can now access a range of early intervention learning support services at the Mimik-Ga Centre, officially opened by the Minister for Education in Darwin today.

Turbocharging Tourism: $3M Boost for Hermannsburg Historical Precinct in Central Australia

The Territory Labor Government is investing a $3 million into the Hermannsburg Historical Precinct, the third major infrastructure project to be announced as part of $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package.

Turbocharging Tourism: Celebrating Tennant Creek’s Gold Rush and Mining History

Tennant Creek will receive a $5.5 million investment into tourism infrastructure to revitalise and improve the visitor experience as part of the Territory Labor Government's record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package.