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Attracting Visitation: Cruise Season Sets Sail with the arrival of the Explorer Dream

The arrival of the Explorer Dream in Darwin today signals the start of the Top End cruise season which is expected to bring over 64,000 visitors and inject millions into the Territory economy over the next 12 months.

Territory’s Best Early Childhood Educators Honoured at Education and Care Awards

Outstanding achievers in one of the Territory’s most important fields, early childhood care, have been honoured at the Education and Care Awards, held last night at Parliament House.

Creating Jobs: We have Lift Off, Arnhem Space Centre given tick of approval

The Northern Territory is a step closer to being part of the trillion dollar international space industry with NASA and Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) ready to launch their sounding rocket program in 2020 from the Arnhem Space Centre.

Choose Local, Choose Jobs: Humpty Doo Barramundi in the Spotlight on Inaugural National Barramundi Day

National Barramundi Day is being recognised for the first time today, and the Territory is home to the largest barramundi farm in Australia, Humpty Doo Barramundi.

Skilling Territorians: Women Encouraged to Reach for the Sky at Aviation Roadshow

The Territory Labor Government is investing in a new initiative aimed at boosting gender diversity in one of the NT’s most important professions – aviation.

Cutting Youth Crime: First Youth Bush Camps Begin in Central Australia

Two groups of at-risk young people will participate in the first Back on Track youth bush camps this month. The camps target young people who have a high risk of offending or reoffending, so that they can face the consequences of their actions and put on a path away from a life of crime.

Jobs on Country: Important Aboriginal Water Reserves Legislation Passed

The Territory Labor Government is ensuring that water is reserved for future Aboriginal economic development and enterprise, through the passing of the Water Further Amendment Bill 2019 in Parliament yesterday – supporting local jobs on country.

Creating Jobs: Another near Record Infrastructure Spend

The 2018-19 Treasurer’s Annual Financial Report - which was tabled in Parliament tonight - shows the Territory Labor Government delivered another massive infrastructure spend whilst achieving an improved budget position.

Delivering on our promise – 120 additional Police Officers

The Territory Labor Government is closing in on its election promise of 120 additional police officers this term, with a new recruit squad being sworn in this week.

More Blockbuster AFL Games Set For the Territory

Territorians will continue to enjoy blockbuster AFL games, with the Territory Labor Government signing a new agreement that will see the Gold Coast Suns play a home game in Darwin and the Melbourne Demons continue to play in Alice Springs each season for the next four years.

Delivering on an Election Promise: Increased Powers for Aboriginal Rangers

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to give Aboriginal Rangers more power to manage and protect their land with amendments to the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1976 passing in Parliament today.

Investing in Our Children: Enrolments Open at Palmerston’s New Primary School

Enrolments have opened at the Northern Territory’s newest school, Zuccoli Primary School, which will open its doors to its first students in Term 1, 2020.

Water Saving Program ‘Weather Web’ Launched in 40 Darwin Schools

New rooftop weather stations and smart irrigation controllers have been installed in 40 Darwin schools, as part of the new Weather Web program that aims to save 120 million litres of water annually.

Creating Jobs: Making it Safer and More Reliable on the Plenty Highway

A tender to upgrade and seal a further 15 kilometres of the Plenty Highway has been awarded for $10 million to Exact Contracting Pty Ltd.

Amendments to Pastoral Land Act 1992 Will Not Proceed

The Territory Labor Government supports the development and diversification of the Territory’s economy and also recognises the rights of native title holders over their land, and how that land is managed.

Turbocharging Tourism: George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens Visitor and Event Centre Opens

The new $9.9 million George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens Visitor and Event Centre is now complete. It is part of the Territory Labor Government’s Turbocharging Tourism investment to breathe new life into the Gardens, attract visitors, stimulate the economy and create jobs.

Statement on System Black in Alice Springs Region

On Sunday 13 October, there was a system wide outage which meant that power was out in the Alice Springs region.

Driving Tourism and Innovation: World’s Biggest Solar Challenge

Dozens of solar cars will begin their 3,000km journey from Darwin to Adelaide as part of the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge on Sunday 13 October.

Tenders called to upgrade campground at Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles

Visitors to Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve will soon enjoy upgraded facilities with the Territory Labor Government releasing a construction tender to upgrade the campground.

Jobs and Investment: Milestone Reached in the Beetaloo Basin with First Drilling Underway

Origin Energy has successfully and safely spudded, an industry term for commencing drilling, the Kyalla 117 well as part of its Beetaloo Exploration Program.

Driving the Economy: Motor Sports House Complete

Motor sports in the Territory welcome their new home today with the completion of the Territory Labor Government’s $6 million Motor Sports House project at Hidden Valley.

Attracting Visitation: Entries Open for 2020 Alice Springs Masters Games

We’re one year out from thousands of visitors descending upon the Red Centre for the iconic 2020 Alice Springs Masters Games with registrations opening today.


The National Aboriginal Art Gallery project is one of the biggest investments into Alice Springs in decades and it will provide more local jobs, economic growth, and social benefits.

Creating Jobs: Yarrawonga Flood Mitigation Complete

The Territory Labor Government is delivering critical flood mitigation works with the Yarrawonga Catchment now complete.

Creating Jobs, Investing in Alice Springs: Staff Hospital Accommodation Awarded Major Project Status

The Territory Labor Government is investing in Alice Springs, assigning major project status to the Alice Springs Hospital Staff Accommodation Project.

Turbocharging Tourism: $2.5 billion of Visitation into the Territory

The Northern Territory is reaping rewards from the Territory Labor Government’s Turbocharging Tourism investment with visitor numbers up by 11 per cent in the year ending June 2019.

Tiger Brennan Drive Duplication Almost Complete

Works to upgrade Tiger Brennan Drive from Dinah Beach Road through to McMinn Street are almost complete, with the road expected to open in a week’s time.

Creating Jobs, Growing Our Population: Promoting NT Vocational Education and Training in Indonesia

Minister for Workforce Training Selena Uibo will today leave for Indonesia, where she will lead an education industry delegation aimed at boosting student numbers from the country by 20 per cent before the end of 2020.

Creating Jobs: Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Promoting the NT in Japan

The Minister for Primary Industry and Resources will be travelling to Japan today to strengthen existing relations between the Northern Territory Government and Japan.

Building Vibrant Communities: Upgrades at Freds Pass Reserve

The Territory Labor Government has invested $3 million in major upgrades at the Freds Pass Sport and Recreation Reserve.

Grants Support NT Calendar of Events

The Olive Pink Opera, Malandarri Festival and the Chariots of Thunder Sprintcar Series are amongst 19 Territory-wide events that will share in more than $800,000 worth of funding from the NT Major Events Company on behalf of the Territory Labor Government.

Protecting Our Waterfowl Populations – Have Your Say On the Draft Wildlife Management Program

The Territory Labor Government has released the draft “Wildlife Management Program for the Magpie Goose in the Northern Territory of Australia 2020-2030” for consultation.

Acknowledging History-Making Territorians: 25 Years of Stolen Generations Going Home

Aboriginal Territorians have today come together to mark 25 years since the landmark Going Home Conference was held in Darwin.

New Alice Springs Street Art Project to Boost Local Jobs

The Territory Labor Government has partnered with Red Hot Arts Central Australia to deliver a new Alice Springs Street Art Project.

Construction Begins on Stage 1 of Keep River Road Upgrade

Construction of Stage 1 of the Keep River Road upgrade has begun, which will improve access and road safety for Territorians.

Safer Communities: New CCTV cameras for Karama Shopping Plaza

The Territory Labor Government continues to invest in crime fighting technology with Minister for Police, Nicole Manison, and Member for Karama, Ngaree Ah Kit, today announcing the installation of permanent CCTV cameras around the Karama Shopping Plaza.

Supporting Councils and Creating Jobs: Infrastructure Grants Open

Regional and shire councils have the opportunity to improve community infrastructure with a $5 million grant round now open.

Artificial Reefs: Deployment Commences

Deployment of 116 artificial reef modules will commence ahead of schedule tomorrow under the Territory Labor Government’s $8.3 million Artificial Reef project.

Construction Underway on the New Sadadeen Zone Substation Upgrade

The Territory Labor Government is investing in the future of Alice Springs. Due to aged infrastructure and increased maintenance costs, Power and Water is upgrading the Sadadeen Substation to increase reliability and security of the Alice Springs power network.

Looking After Our Volunteers – Northern Territory’s First Bushfires NT Volunteer Strategy

The Territory Labor Government has released the Territory’s first Bushfires NT Volunteer Strategy 2019-2022.

Turbocharged Litchfield National Park: Tender Released for Design of New Litchfield Campsites

New campsites in Litchfield National Park are one step closer with the Territory Labor Government releasing a tender for design work as part of its Litchfield Central Valley development.

Monsoon Aquatics Recognised for Sustainable Practices at Export and Industry Awards

Monsoon Aquatics have been recognised for their sustainability practices in what is a unique industry at the Chief Ministers Export and Industry Awards last night.

Bruce Munro: Tropical Light - Installation Begins in Darwin CBD

Darwin is one step closer to viewing the new world-class Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition with the installation of the eight illuminated sculptures commencing across the CBD.

Backing the Northern Territory: This is the Place to do Business

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has welcomed the proposed investment of Australian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes into the $25 billion Suncable Project.

Revitalising Darwin, Attracting People into the CBD, Creating Local Jobs: Territory’s First International Laksa Festival

The Territory’s very first International Laksa Festival will be held in Darwin this November, Chief Minister Michael Gunner has announced.

New First Circles Leadership Program Members Begin Year Long Journey

Emerging Aboriginal Territorian leaders will have the opportunity to advocate for their communities as part of this year’s First Circles leadership program, which started today in Alice Springs.

NT Records Highest Ever International Export Figures

The Northern Territory has recorded the highest ever levels of international trade in the year to 2019, closing with a balance of $8.1 billion.

Million Dollar Fish Season 5: Your Chance to Bag One of the Six $1 million Barra

Australia’s richest fishing competition and the Territory’s own, Million Dollar Fish will kick off Season 5 with a staggering six tagged Barramundi worth $1 million each.

Investing in Our Children: Temporary Boost for Katherine Teachers Relocation Allowance

The Territory Labor Government has agreed to temporarily double a relocation allowance for Katherine teachers in 2020, as part of an ongoing review into the town’s teacher housing subsidy.

Creating Safer Communities: Release of the October School Holiday Program

The Territory Labor Government’s investment in the school holiday programs will see over 250 activities occurring throughout the Territory in the upcoming school holidays (28 Sept -13 Oct).