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Creating Jobs: Territory Seafood Making its Mark

The Territory punches above its weight when it comes to our seafood industry, as highlighted by the fact the NT has seven finalists in this year’s National Seafood Industry Awards.

Alice takes centre stage for Stampede 2017

The spotlight will be on Alice Springs this weekend as the town hosts business event planners from around Australia to the Alice Stampede; an event that aims to attract more business events to the Northern Territory.

Spotlight on Top End Motocross

Six track light towers with generated power supply will be installed at the Campbell Park MX Complex facility in Palmerston to enable night racing.

Increase in Domestic and International Visitors to the Centre

More visitors from Australia and overseas are making their way to Central Australia, staying longer and spending more, according to latest Tourism Research Australia (TRA) results.

Bollywood superstar sings Territory’s praises to Tens of Millions of Fans

Bollywood actress, Parineeti Chopra, has visited Uluru showcasing the Red Centre to her millions of fans in India as part of Tourism Australia’s ‘Friends of Australia’ ambassador program to encourage more Indian holiday-makers to Australia.

Creating Jobs: Territory Minerals Sales Stronger Than Ever

The Northern Territory has recorded its highest ever minerals sales with a value of $3.63 billion during the 2016-17 period, according to the NT Mining Production summary.

Job-creating Infrastructure project awarded to NT Construction Company

Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison today announced a tender award for an $18 million job-creating infrastructure project that will benefit the Territory’s sports-loving community.

New after-hours youth activities for Alice Springs

The Territory Labor Governmnent is funding a range of new after-hours activities in Alice Springs this October school holidays to keep kids off the street and provide opportunities to get their lives on a better path.

Territorians Have their Say on future-look of Australia’s Northern Capital

Nearly 700 Territorians have had their say on the Territory Labor Government’s concept video that sets out how Darwin’s city centre could be transformed into a tropical destination, in turn creating hundreds of jobs for Territorians and boosting tourism.

Have your Say on Museums Master Plan for Darwin and Palmerston

Public consultation begins today for the 10-Year Museums Master Plan for Darwin and Palmerston.

Transitional Housing Will Always Be Available

Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy today said he will ensure transitional housing will always be available in remote Aboriginal communities when housing upgrades take place.


The Territory Labor Government is launching its first inaugural NT Health Excellence Awards. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said Territorians want and deserve high quality health services and to achieve that we have to celebrate examples of excellence in this field.

Tender released to design and construct new Rugby League stadium

The Territory Labor Government is providing first class sporting facilities for Territorians with the release of a tender to design and construct the new home of local rugby league at Warren Park, Marrara, Assistant Minister for Sport and Community Events, Tony Sievers said.

All set for biggest ever Mitchell Street Mile

The Darwin CBD will come alive this weekend with Sunday’s 2017 Lottoland Mitchell Street Million Dollar Mile shaping up to be the biggest yet.

Fighting a Fishing Threat - Shark Attacks on Cabomba weed

The fight to protect our fishing waterways against noxious weed cabomba (Cabomba caroliniana) has intensified following a $600,000 boost from the Territory Labor Government as part of Budget 2017.

Calls for Todd River Working Group

Member for Namatjira, Chansey Paech, today invited Expressions of Interest for community members to join the Lhere Mparntwe (leer-ra m-barn-twa) Working Group.

$2 Million Remote Fund for Aboriginal Entrepreneurs

The Top End communities of Numbulwar, Umbakumba and Ngukurr are celebrating this month with the opening of three key health centres – an investment of $18 million dollars.


The Top End communities of Numbulwar, Umbakumba and Ngukurr are celebrating this month with the opening of three key health centres – an investment of $18 million dollars. The Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo said Indigenous Territorians want and deserve to access high quality health services.

Another huge sporting event: NT Government strikes Big Bash deal for Alice Springs

In a big boost for Central Australian tourism and sport, the Territory Labor Government has today announced that the popular KFC Big Bash League (BBL) and the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) will come to Alice Springs in 2018 and 2019.

Don’t miss out – money available for sport grants

The Territory Labor Government offers a number of sport or active recreation grant funding programs to eligible individuals, sporting and active recreation bodies.

Protecting Jobs and Keeping Mud Crab on the Menu

In a boost for the Territory’s valuable mud crab fishery, and to ensure its long-term sustainability and the safety of the industry’s jobs, the Territory Labor Government has introduced the NT’s first mud crab harvest strategy.

$6 Million Health Centre for Umbakumba

The community of Umbakumba on the Territory’s Groote Eylandt is celebrating the opening of a new $6 million health centre. The Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo said the jointly funded facility was sorely needed in the remote island community, 600 kilometres southeast of Darwin.

Global Recognition for Humpty Doo Barramundi

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has congratulated Humpty Doo Barramundi on achieving globally-recognised certification – reaffirming to the world that the Territory’s seafood is not only top quality but of the highest environmental standard.


The Territory Labor Government is urging all young Top End and Central Australian people to help improve youth services in the Territory by taking part in a key new survey. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said the CLP cut funding for education and other youth services, but the Territory Labor government is committed to changing that.

Protecting NT business and jobs – Cyber Security

Connectivity to the internet is vital to doing business yet brings an escalating risk of cyber intrusion, evidenced by Territorians losing $2.4 million to cyber crime last year.

Desert Mob Opening Weekend Success

More than 6000 people attended the launch and opening weekend exhibition of Desert Mob 2017 – a huge success that has ensured remote galleries gain national exposure and opportunities to sell their artwork – Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said today.


The Territory Labor Government’s focus on improving learning for young children continues, with 85 educators from across the NT attending a two-day Families as First Teachers (FaFT) conference.

NT Treasurer calls on Opposition Leader to stand up for the Territory

Treasurer Nicole Manison today stood up for all Territorians and reiterated the Territory Labor Government’s promise to listen and act.

Restoring Trust in Government

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, today announced the Territory Labor Government will be adopting a policy of disclosure for mining security bond amounts.

Exciting international field puts Mitchell Street Mile on world stage

The lure of $1 Million to break the world mile track record has attracted a record international field for the 2017 Lottoland Mitchell Street Million Dollar Mile.

Towards a digital strategy for the Northern Territory

We are in the midst of a digital revolution with new digital technologies driving innovation, enabling new services and transforming the ways we learn, work, and interact with family, friends and the community.

NT to be showcased at Japan Business Forum and Facing North

Trade and investment opportunities in the Territory will be showcased when Chief Minister Michael Gunner leads a delegation of industry leaders to the 2nd Japan-Northern Territory Business roundtable in Sydney this week.

Treasurer Issues Direction to fix Leanyer Sewage Ponds

Treasurer and Member for Wanguri Nicole Manison will today issue a Treasurer’s Direction to Power and Water to fix the problems at Leanyer sewage ponds.

Regional Museums Grant Support Program now open

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss, has today announced that applications are open for the Northern Territory Regional Museums Grant Support Program.

Buy Local Industry Advocate to Benefit Territory Business and Territory Jobs

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to further strengthen Buy Local conditions and support job creation, today announcing Denys Stedman as the NT’s first ever Buy Local Industry Advocate.

BDR Handheld Devices Rolling Out Across NT

The Territory Labor Government is expanding its pilot program of portable scanning devices for the Banned Drinker Register (BDR) with a roll out across Darwin, Palmerston and the rural area today. The Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said all 27 Territory drive through bottle shops will be fitted out with the supplementary BDR devices next week, after this week’s successful trials in Darwin.

Improving Health – New Clinic opened in Ngukurr

The community of Ngukurr in the Territory’s southern Arnhem Land is celebrating the opening of its new federally funded Health centre today. The Member Arnhem Selena Uibo says the $5.93 million dollar building will improve health services in the region.

Delivering Jobs, Infrastructure and World-Class Fishing

Territory anglers are the big winners with the $2.3 million new boat ramp at Shady Camp officially opened by the Territory Labor Government today.


The Territory Labor Government is investing in a new after-hours initiative in Palmerston to keep kids off the streets and provide safe and inclusive activities to keep them on track for a positive future.

Good vibes for Territory youth

The Territory Government is calling for individuals, community groups and organisations to apply for a share in $60,000 worth of funding available as part of the Youth Vibe Holiday Grant program, providing a range of opportunities for young Territorians.

Three Roper Highway truck bays signed, sealed and delivered

Works to upgrade three truck bays on one of the Northern Territory’s key freight routes are now complete, with the newly upgraded stops encouraging drivers to take breaks more often.

New Deal Ensures Support for Homelessness

The Northern Territory Government and Commonwealth Government have signed a new one-year agreement to continue to equally fund $10.84 million to tackle homelessness and provide accommodation and support services for people in need.

Innovation Key to the Territory’s Premier Business Month

For the first time, ‘innovation’ will be a serious focus of this year’s October Business Month (OBM) line-up with more than 160 events being held to support businesses across the Territory, Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced today.

Chinese tourism remains a key focus

The Territory Labor Government has welcomed the latest visitor figures showing 18,000 visitors to the Territory from Greater China in the year ending June 2017, up 49 per cent on the previous year.

$250,000 for NT Heritage Sites

Member for Port Darwin Paul Kirby, today announced the successful recipients sharing a total of $251,453 funding through the 2017/18 NT Heritage Grants program.

New Councils to Build Strong and Vibrant Communities

The Minister for Housing and Community Development, Gerry McCarthy, today congratulated the Northern Territory’s new and re-elected mayors, presidents and councillors and welcomed them to their roles as representatives of their local communities

Improving Health Services – EOI for New Territory-wide NT Clinical Senate

The Territory Labor Government is continuing to improve health services across the Territory and today is calling for Expressions of Interest for its new multi-disciplinary NT Clinical Senate. Health Minister Natasha Fyles said the Senate will support high quality clinical governance and decision making for the Central Australian Health Service (CAHS) and Top End Health Services (TEHS).

The countdown is on to the Rugby League World Cup

Excitement is building leading up to a quarter final being held in Darwin in November 2017.

Aboriginal Kidney Patients Supported with Homes to Access Medical Care

People with kidney disease who need to relocate to Tennant Creek or Alice Springs for ongoing treatment will now have access to better accommodation, following renovations to 10 houses.

Protecting Our Agricultural Jobs: Sniffing Out Success in Eradicating a Pest

The Territory Labor Government has enlisted odour detection dogs to tackle a potential biosecurity threat in the Terriroty, and is seeing fantastic results.