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Safer Communities: Operation Cradle Launches in Alice Springs for the Summer Holiday

Today the Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield joined Northern Territory Police to launch the start of Operation Cradle in Alice Springs.

Investing in the Bush – Connecting Mt Liebig, Kintore and Yarralin

Territorians living in Mt Liebig, Kintore and Yarralin are now connected to mobile phone and broadband services, thanks to the NT Government/Telstra Remote Telecommunications Co-Investment Program.

TURBOCHARGING TOURISM: 2019 People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS tickets now on sale

The Territory Labor Government is turbocharging one of the Territory’s favourite music events, with tickets now on sale for the biggest and best BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival yet.

Building Brighter Futures: School Construction Projects Support Hundreds of Jobs

The Territory Labor Government has created more than 900 local jobs across the NT in 2018 with its multi-million dollar program of economy-stimulating construction projects in schools.

Launch of the Centenary Year of the Great Air Race

Darwin is set to become the centre of global aviation history again, 100 years after Ross and Keith Smith, Wally Shiers and Jim Bennett made the first successful flight from London to Australia, touching down in Parap to claim first prize in the Great Air Race.


The flow of skilled migrants to the Northern Territory will continue, with the signing of a new five year bilateral agreement to help employers fill skills shortages.

Putting Victims First: Victims of Crime Discussion Paper Released

The Territory Labor Government is releasing a discussion paper about reforms to help victims of crime. The discussion paper looks at how to improve the NT’s financial assistance scheme to better support victims of violent crimes in the NT.

Fighting for Equal Access for Disability Services in the Territory.

Minister responsible for Disability Services, Natasha Fyles, will today travel to Sydney to take part in COAG Disability Reform Council and fight for equal access for Territorians.

Strong Cruise Ship Season Boosting Tourism

A strong season is forecast with 75 total cruise ship arrivals planned to visit Darwin, providing a huge tourism boost for Darwin City.

PUTTING KIDS AT THE CENTRE OF GOVERNMENT: Northern Territory Child and Adolescent Health and Wellbeing Strategic Plan

The Territory Labor Government continues to put children at the centre of Government, by today releasing The Best Opportunities in Life – Northern Territory Child and Adolescent Health and Wellbeing Strategic Plan 2018-2028.


The Territory Labor Government today unveiled its comprehensive plan to tackle youth crime in Palmerston.

Investing in our Children: Record $5.7 Billion Funding Deal for Territory Schools

The Territory Labor Government has secured a record, $5.7 billion funding agreement for NT schools, in a landmark new deal with the Federal Government.

Arafura Games: Sign up on International Volunteer Day

Today is International Volunteer Day and Minister for the Arafura Games, Ken Vowles, said it is the perfect time to sign up to be part of the Arafura Games fun.

Arafura Games: Sign up on International Volunteer Day

Today is International Volunteer Day and Minister for the Arafura Games, Ken Vowles, said it is the perfect time to sign up to be part of the Arafura Games fun.

Expression of Interest Released for $5 Million Back on Track Program

The Territory Labor Government is calling on non-government organisations to put forward innovative solutions and help put at-risk children and young people back on the right track.

Safer Communities: Palmerston Police Station and 120 extra Police

Construction of the $30million state-of-the-art Palmerston Police Station is on track for completion by mid-2019, with the structural build almost complete.

New Access to Barra Hotspot for Territory Fishos

Territory fishers will have access to a new fishing spot near Katherine thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Territory Labor Government’s new Recreational Fishing Grants scheme.

More jobs, safer roads: Litchfield Park Road tender open

The Territory Labor Government’s job-creating project to bituminise the Litchfield Park Road loop is a step closer to completion, with a tender now open to undertake the road’s final upgrade and sealing.

Permit Waiver Extended

The Northern Land Council (NLC) today advised it will extend its permit waiver period for inter-tidal waters affected by the High Court’s 2008 Blue Mud Bay ruling for six months until the end of June 2019, with a recommendation to the Full Council of the NLC for a further waiver until June 2020.

Bringing Back the Arafura Games: Spreading the Word at the BIMP-EAGA Games

Assistant Minister for the Arafura Games, Kate Worden, will today travel to Brunei to represent the Territory Labor Government and Minister for the Arafura Games, Ken Vowles, at the 2018 BIMP-EAGA Friendship Games.

Breaking the Cycle of Crime: $5 Million Program To Put At-risk Youths Back on Track

The Territory Labor Government has unveiled its $5 million Back on Track Youth Diversion program to help break the cycle of crime that has gone on for decades in the NT.

Creating Jobs. Revitalising our CBD: Garramilla Boulevard Update

Construction on the iconic third entry point to Darwin’s CBD is swiftly taking shape, with the $45.4 million job-creating Garramilla Boulevard project set for a major milestone early next year.

Supporting the Resources Industry: AGES Registrations Open

Registrations are open for the Territory’s premier mineral and petroleum exploration event, AGES (the Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar), which sees around 200 delegates gather to hear the latest insights into the Territory’s resources potential.

New Framework to Allow Mobile Food Vans at Casuarina Coastal Reserve

Top End Territorians will be able to enjoy a sunset dinner in the Casuarina Coastal Reserve, after a community consultation process found support for mobile food vans to operate at a limited number of locations within the Reserve.

BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown tickets now available to purchase

Darwin is set to host another action-packed Supercars in June next year, setting the town alight and providing a significant boost to the local economy.

New Chair and Directors appointed to Museum and Art Gallery of the NT

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss has appointed the Hon. Clare Martin as the new Chair of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT).

Protecting our environment: 2018 Gamba Action Program launched

The NT Government is continuing its fight against Gamba grass by today launching the 2018 Gamba Action Program.

Darwin City Deal Expo – Darwin CBD in Virtual Reality at Waterfront

Darwin’s status as the Capital of Northern Australia, and as an attractive place to live, work and invest was cemented this month with the signing of the $200 million Darwin City Deal.

Restoring Trust in Government – The Territory’s ICAC now up and running

The Territory Labor Government has delivered a significant election promise to Territorians with the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) up and running from today.

Shining the Light on Our Dedicated Health Professionals: Health Excellence Award Winners

The 2018 NT Health Excellence Awards presentation was held on Thursday 29 November at Parliament House.

Restoring Trust: Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill Introduced

The Territory Labor Government has today introduced to Parliament the Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill as part of its plan to implement all 135 recommendations of the Independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing.

Album Makes ARIA History – Dr G Yunupingu Claims Four ARIAs Including Male Artist of the Year

Last night at the 2018 ARIA Awards, Dr G Yunupingu was announced as the Male Artist of the Year and his highly acclaimed album of 2018, Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow), made ARIA history as the first Indigenous language album to debut at number one.

Creating Local Jobs: Territorians encouraged to buy local this Christmas

Territorians are being urged to shop locally to support local businesses this Christmas.

Statement on Ntaria Horse Program and the Anzac Ride

The Department of Education will continue its commitment to the Ntaria Horse Program and the annual Anzac Ride.

Public Information Act Amendments

The Territory Labor Government will improve and strengthen the Public Information Act (the Act) to ensure public funds are not spent on political advertising.

Restoring Trust: Water Legislation Amendment Bill

The Territory Government has delivered on a key election promise to better protect our precious water resources by passing legislative reforms that strike a balance between environmental protections and supporting economic growth.

Restoring Trust: Electoral Reform in the NT

In another step towards restoring trust in Government, Chief Minister Michael Gunner today unveiled the Territory Labor Government’s proposed amendments to the Electoral Act.

Creating Jobs in Urapunga: New Facilities for Recreational Fishers

Urapunga Aboriginal Corporation has received a $100,000 Recreational Fishing Grant from the Territory Labor Government to install fishing facilities at a campsite the Corporation is developing at Urapunga.

Growing Creative Industries, Boosting Jobs in the Territory

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss has appointed a new NT Creative Industries Steering Committee to help drive the future of the sector in the Territory and deliver jobs.

Creating Local Jobs Key – 2018-19 Mid-Year Report Tabled

Supporting Territorians and creating local jobs remains the Territory Labor Government’s number one priority amidst tough economic times.

Restoring Trust: Water Monitoring Begins at Sites in the Beetaloo Sub-Basin

Two companies, Origin and Santos, have received approval to install up to two groundwater monitoring bores near potential exploration sites in the Beetaloo Sub-Basin.

Increasing Police Powers to Crack Down on Alcohol-Related Crime

The Territory Labor Government continues to crack down on alcohol-related crime and antisocial behaviour by increasing powers for Police.

Response to Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network - the rollout of the NBN in rural and regional areas, 2nd report, November 2018

The Territory Labor Government has welcomed a key recommendation from a Joint Standing Committee report into the rollout of the NBN in regional and rural Areas.

Restoring Trust: Environment Protection Authority Amendment Bill

The Territory Labor Government is continuing to protect our natural environment after passing legislation that will see the Government’s continued implementation of its environmental reform agenda.

Territory Labor Government’s $100 Million Jobs Boost for Local Tradies

In a huge boost for jobs and small businesses, the Territory Labor Government has invested an additional $100 million into housing repairs and maintenance.

Turbocharged Live Darwin Arts – More Activities to Activate Darwin’s CBD

Darwin CBD continues to welcome Live Darwin Arts activities this festive season, providing unique arts and cultural entertainment for locals and visitors to enjoy in the heart of Darwin City.

Territory Students head to Hawaii on Chief Minister’s Study Tour

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has congratulated the three Territory students who have been selected to participate in the inaugural 2018 Chief Minister’s Peace in the Pacific study tour.

Revitalising Alice Springs and Creating Jobs: Tender Released for New Hospital Staff Accommodation

Developers have been invited to submit tenders for the construction of a unit complex containing 70 residential units for lease by NT Health for Alice Springs Hospital (ASH) staff accommodation.

Celebrating the Future Stars of Territory Business

Young Territorians have been recognised for their efforts in the business world at the 30th NT Youth Business Awards tonight.

Media Statement

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, has today outlined to the Northern Land Council details of a package the NT Government has been developing for the increased involvement of Aboriginal Territorians in the seafood sector.