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2018/19 Environment Grants – supporting grassroots efforts to protect our precious environment

Jingili Primary School will receive $5035 to go towards two recycling and reusable projects as part of the latest round of Environment Grants.

Turbocharging Tourism: War and Words – Australia’s Leading Military Authors in Darwin

The Northern Territory’s economy is set to receive a significant boost with the upcoming Territory Tribute International Military Writers’ Festival expected to attract large numbers of visitors to Darwin from 5-7 April 2019. The Territory Labor Government has allocated more than $1.5 million to Territory Tribute as part of the $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package in a bid to increase visitation, create jobs and put more money into the pockets of Territorians.

Creating Local Jobs and Repairing the Budget

The Territory Labor Government has begun a root and branch examination of Government expenditure as part of the next stage in the plan for budget repair.

Arafura Games Ambassadors announced on 100 day countdown

Today marks the 100 day countdown until the 2019 Arafura Games officially begin and preparations are well and truly underway. NT sports legend and Local ABC radio sports broadcaster Charlie King will join Darwin comedian and founder of Amiable Communications Amy Hetherington as the very first Ambassadors of the 2019 Arafura Games.

Safer Communities: New State-of-the-art Police Forensic Centre Completed

The Territory Labor Government is creating safer communities by putting 120 more police on the beat and giving them the best resources possible.

Creating Jobs, Delivering Election Commitment: Massive Boost for NT Renewables

The Northern Territory is set to be powered by 10 per cent renewable energy before the end of the year, thanks to a new, $43 million solar project announced by the Territory Labor Government today.

Palmerston Water Park: The coolest and safest place to be

Palmerston Water Park will be one of the coolest and safest places for Territorians to beat the heat, with the installation of CCTV cameras to complement a recently-completed new shade over the toddler pool.

Statement on National Aboriginal Art Gallery

The National Aboriginal Art Gallery can deliver significant economic, social and cultural benefits to the people of Alice Springs and Central Australia and create hundreds of jobs for locals.

Alice to Host Action-Packed Women’s Big Bash League Matches

Alice Springs’ Albrecht Oval and Traeger Park are set to host an action-packed weekend of cricket and family fun as part of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League matches and activities from today until Sunday 13 January.

A thousand tradies to benefit from Public Housing Stimulus Program

The first projects under the Territory Labor Government’s $100 million Public Housing Stimulus Program have been awarded, with one job already completed.

Turbocharging Tourism: Strong Numbers Support Stimulus Efforts

Tourism visitor statistics released by Tourism Research Australia (TRA)* show that domestic and international visitation to the NT has stabilised in the September quarter of 2018.

International Students boost population and create jobs

The Territory Labor Government will accelerate efforts to attract international students as a key part of the Territory’s economic recovery, diversifying the economy and creating local jobs.

Turbocharging Tourism: NT Events Raise The Bar

The Territory Labor Government continues to stimulate the economy and boost the Territory’s tourism industry, with new data revealing great results from NT Major Events Company’s (NTMEC) key events in 2018.

Creating Jobs and Boosting Health Services: Chemotherapy Expansion Construction Progressing

The Territory Labor Government is improving cancer treatment for Territorians with the expansion of the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre nearing completion.

Home-Grown Talent to Showcase Skills on National Platform

NITV and Screen Territory have partnered in an exciting initiative for emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen practitioners based in the NT.

Boosting Health Services and Creating Jobs: Life Saving Pirlangimpi Renal Ready Room Tender Awarded

A tender for the construction of the Pirlangimpi Renal Ready Room – a project that will provide lifesaving dialysis treatment for residents on the Tiwi Islands – has been awarded to local contractor WTD Constructions for more than $590,000.


An additional 36 occupations are now available to overseas nationals in the Northern Territory, after a new bilateral migration agreement took effect yesterday.

1988 Cabinet Records Released

Territorians have been given new insight into life in the Territory 30 years ago following the release of the 1988 Cabinet records.

Creating Jobs and Building Better Communities: December Round of CBF Grants Awarded

The Territory Labor Government has awarded a total of $4.4 million in the December round of the CBF Major and Minor Community Organisation Grants and Major Community Events Program Grants to local community organisations.

Mataranka Magic Snares Top Spot on Instagram

A photo of the magical turquoise waters of the Mataranka Thermal Pools was the most liked image on Tourism NT’s Instagram channel @AusOutbackNT for 2018.

Arts Trail Regional Stimulus Grants - Boosting our Art and Cultural Sectors

The Territory Labor Government continues to invest in our regions, boosting economic growth across the Territory’s art and cultural sectors and creating jobs in regional areas.

SAFER COMMUNITIES: Thanking Our Frontline Workers

The Minister for Health has thanked frontline workers for their dedication ahead of New Year’s celebrations. Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said from Police officers to hospital staff, hundreds of people have given up Christmas and New Year’s celebrations with their families to ensure Territorians can be safe this holiday season.

Investing in Generational Change: University Scholarships Open for Territory School Leavers

The Territory Labor Government is offering 40 scholarships to NT school leavers who opt to stay and undertake their university study in the Territory in 2019.

AIDAvita Cruise Ship Welcomed to Darwin

Darwin has received an influx of more than 3000 visitors this week from Cruise Ships, providing a huge tourism boost for Darwin City.

Creating Jobs and Skilling Our Workforce: $93 million to Support Territory Apprentices and Trainees

The Territory Labor Government is investing $93 million in Vocational Education and Training (VET) this financial year to skill the NT workforce and support the creation of long-term jobs for Territorians.

Tourism Grants Turbocharging Visitor Experiences and Creating Jobs

Through the Territory Labor Government’s record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package, Territory tourism operators have been provided $3 million in grants to improve tourism experiences for visitors and boost industry investment.

Australia’s Great Wild North Hits Screens in the USA

The Territory’s wild and iconic landscapes will be on the silver screen in the prime tourism market of the United States of America with the screening of the IMAX documentary Australia’s Great Wild North.

Donghai Airlines Service - Performance Insights

The Territory’s first-ever direct air service from China is starting to achieve results, bringing more Chinese visitors here and delivering significant flow-on benefits into the economy.

Statement from Chief Minister

Today I have advised Ken Vowles that he has been dismissed from the Cabinet for breaking Cabinet confidentiality.

Safer Communities: 21 More Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors Graduate

The Territory Labor Government is tackling alcohol-fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour through the most significant alcohol reforms in our history.

Creating Local Jobs – $91.5 million Local Jobs Package

The Territory Labor Government’s number one priority is to create local jobs to boost our economy.

Virgin Australia: New Darwin to Bali Service

Territorians will have greater choice when booking holiday flights after Virgin Australia announced a new service from Darwin to Denpasar, Bali from April 2019.

Safer Communities: BDR Evaluation Shows Positive Results

The Territory Labor Government has released the 12 month Banned Drinker Register (BDR) Evaluation Report, showing positive results.

Boosting Health Services: Sobering Up Shelters Review

The Territory Labor Government has released the independent review on the Sobering Up Shelters across the Northern Territory. This review is delivering on a recommendation from the Riley Alcohol Review, and is included in the NT Alcohol Harm Minimisation Action Plan.

Strengthening Regulation: Ensuring Accountability for the Onshore Gas Industry

The Territory Labor Government is increasing the level of transparency around onshore petroleum activity, with changes to the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations coming into effect today.

Putting Territory Resources on the Map at COAG

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, is in Adelaide to attend the inaugural dedicated COAG Resources meeting and the COAG Energy Council.


The Territory Labor Government’s record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism initiative is over two thirds of the way to achieving its target of 53,000 extra holiday visitors, with more than 36,000 holiday bookings already made – and expected to inject an extra $45 million into the economy – as a direct result of the investment to date.

Nearly 1400 Territory Students Celebrate NTCET Results

Today marks the final chapter of school for 1373 Territory Year 12 students who have received their Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET).

Recruitment begins for new DTBI Chief Executive

Department of Trade, Business and Innovation CEO, Michael Tennant, has resigned from his position for a private sector position in Queensland.

Tender Release for Adelaide River Flood Plains Upgrade

Acting Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Nicole Manison, along with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, today announced the release of the construction tender for the Adelaide River Flood Plains Upgrade project.

Statement from Treasurer

The Territory Labor Government inherited a declining economy with an extremely challenging set of economic circumstances and no plan by the previous Government for the INPEX wind down.

Creating Jobs: Investing in Sport

Community sports and active recreation organisations are set to benefit over $700,000 in grant funding announced by Tourism and Culture, Minister Lauren Moss.

Restoring Trust: A Plan for Budget Repair

The Territory Labor Government is working to create a sustainable budget to ensure a brighter future for all Territorians.

Creating Local Jobs: NTG Leased Property Stimulus Scheme

The Territory Labor Government’s number one priority is to create local jobs to boost our economy.

Alice Springs to Host Parramatta Eels Training Camp

NRL fans in the Red Centre will have the chance to meet and greet their biggest sporting heroes next year when Parramatta Eels host a Community Camp from 12-15 February.

Northern Gas Pipeline Construction Complete

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, and Assistant Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Jeff Collins, are in Tennant Creek today to attend a ceremony at Jemena’s Phillip Creek Compressor Station to mark the completion of construction of the Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP).

Creating Jobs: Major Progress for $200 Million Luxury Darwin Hotel

Locally based McMahon Services Australia NT has won the first contract for the construction of the new Westin Darwin hotel.

Safer Communities: Design Tender Awarded to Local Business for New Youth Justice Centres

The Territory Labor Government is creating safer communities by investing in and reforming the Youth Justice and Child Protection systems. Today the design tender for the new Youth Justice Centres has been awarded to local design consultancy, Bennett Design. The $3.3 million design consultancy contract includes the planning and design for new Youth Justice Centres in the Northern Territory.

Boosting Health Services and Creating Jobs: Construction Commences on the Nightcliff Renal Unit Facility

The Territory Labor Government is improving access to quality health services with construction works commencing on the new $10.5 million Nightcliff renal Unit (NRU) Facility.

Boosting Health Services: Territory’s First Pet Scanner fully operational

The Territory Labor Government continues to improve health services with the PET scanner now operational.