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Jobs on Country and Investing in the Bush

The Territory Labor Government is investing in jobs out bush with more than $3 million in grants awarded under the Aboriginal Ranger Grants Program.

Statement on recent police assaults

Any attack on our police is totally unacceptable.

Creating Local Jobs: Private investment projects gearing up

Two significant private investment projects in the Territory have reached major milestones and creating jobs for Territorians.

Catching Fish and Creating Jobs: Four More FADs in Darwin Waters

Another four trial Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) have been deployed in Darwin waters as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $50 million investment in recreational fishing.

Creating Safer Communities: $455k Facilities Upgrade for Mt Theo Outstation

Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield today announced an investment of $455,000 for a facilities upgrade at the Mt Theo Outstation, which is operated by the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC).

Creating Local Jobs: Areyonga Locals help to Build their Community

The Territory Labor Government’s focus on jobs and housing is on display at the remote community of Areyonga where two families have had their homes extended and refurbished under the Room to Breathe program.

Support for Farming Scholarship to Boost Our Agricultural Sector

A Darwin man has been awarded the 2019 Nuffield Farming Scholarship for the Northern Territory, an award supported by the Territory Labor Government to boost our farming sector and create jobs.

Creating Safer Communities: Boosting Child Protection Services in Ali Curung

The Territory Labor Government is investing in a permanent child protection presence in Ali Curung. A Child Protection Practitioner and a Senior Aboriginal Community Worker are now living and working in Ali Curung four days a week.

Job Creating Project: Territory Netball Stadium 70% Complete

Work on the job-creating Territory Netball Stadium continues to progress and impress with 70% of the project complete.

Safer Communities: Territory Labor Government Brings Back School Based Policing

Nearly five years after it was scrapped by the chaotic CLP Government, the Territory Labor Government has returned and reinvigorated school-based policing.

Protecting Our Environment: 2018-19 Environment Grant Funding Applications Closing Soon

Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Eva Lawler, today opened Sustainable House Day – a popular event made possible through the Territory Labor Government’s Environment Grants.

Don’t Miss the Final Days of the 2018 Darwin Street Art Festival

Street art has been proven to draw foot traffic into towns all over the world – so the Darwin Street Art Festival is good news for Darwin CBD businesses and creating job opportunities for Territorians.

Supporting Jobs and Multicultural Organisations

The Territory Labor Government has awarded three multicultural organisations funding to renovate or upgrade their facilities, boosting their community assets and creating local jobs for Territorians.

Generational Change: Uibo to Fight for Fair Deal for Territory Kids

Minister for Education, Selena Uibo, will today attend the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Education Council in Adelaide, where fighting for Territory kids is at the top of her agenda.

Jobs for the Bush: Securing Our Mining Heritage

The Territory Labor Government is developing Tennant Creek as a mining services hub and creating jobs for locals, with two tenders awarded to Territory Aboriginal-owned company Piening Holdings Ltd for works at legacy mines in the Tennant Creek area.

Screen Industry Champion Recognised

Territory screen industry champion, Andrew Hyde, has been announced as the successful recipient of the 2018 Bob Plasto Screen Award at the Darwin International Film Festival. The award honours the achievements of a Territorian who has made an outstanding contribution to the NT screen industry.

Safeguarding Our Agricultural Jobs

Odour detection dog Willow is back in Darwin to help eradicate browsing ants and protect the Territory’s agricultural jobs.

Desert Mob 2018 Opening a Giant Success

Close to 7,000 people flocked to the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs over the weekend for the opening of Desert Mob 2018, demonstrating the importance of Aboriginal art both as tourist drawcard and economic driver.

Creating Jobs: Planning for the Territory’s Future

The Northern Territory is a spectacular place to live, work, play and visit.

Safer communities: Body-worn cameras now standard for public housing safety officers

Body-worn cameras will be rolled out from today as standard equipment for Public Housing Safety Officers (PHSOs).

CLP Circus continues

The ongoing circus of Robyn Lambley's possible return to the CLP shows neither have learnt the lessons from their disastrous four years in government.

Supporting Small Business and Local Jobs - October Business Month Calendar Launch

The Territory’s long-held October Business Month is designed to help small businesses grow their enterprises and create more local jobs.

Turbocharging Tourism: Tenders Open for Outback Adventure Cycling Experience

The $12 million Red Centre Adventure Ride is progressing well with the release of the first tenders for the outback cycling experience. The project will create local jobs and business opportunities through the construction phase and ongoing.

Protecting our Natural Environment: Significant Reduction of Cabomba at Darwin River.

The fight against Cabomba (Cabomba caroliniana) has reached a significant milestone with the Territory Labor Government announcing that the upstream quarantine zone of Darwin River has been lifted, restoring access to the river between Old Bynoe Road and Leonino Road.


The Territory Labor Government is developing a National Aboriginal Art Gallery that will deliver significant economic, social and cultural benefits to the people of Alice Springs.

Creating Jobs, Attracting people to the Territory – 10 Year Infrastructure Plan Update

The Territory Labor Government has awarded 215 contracts since July 1 this year, with over 85 per cent of these going to Territory enterprises.

Healthy Honour for Central Australian Health Service

The Central Australia Health Service (CAHS) has been accredited to Australia’s highest benchmark of health care standards by the team from the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS).

Building Relationships with Indonesia and Vietnam to Create Jobs

The Territory Labor Government is growing our export markets to create jobs for Territorians, and Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, will this evening leave on a trip to Indonesia and Vietnam to strengthen relationships with two of the largest importers of Territory cattle and buffalo.

Creating Jobs and Supporting Territorians: Wurrumiyanga Airstrip Resurfacing Complete

Lawrence Costa, Member for Arafura, has today officially opened the Wurrumiyanga Airstrip on Bathurst Island.

Protecting our Natural Environment: New Gamba Grass Management Plan Released

The Territory Labor Government has announced an updated weed management plan to provide clarity around landholder responsibilities in controlling destructive gamba grass.

Nominations Open for the 2018 Foster & Kinship Carer Excellence Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Foster and Kinship Carer Excellence Awards. The Awards ‘shine a spotlight’ on individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the Territory’s foster and kinship carer community.

Building Better Communities: Bigger, Better CBF Fund Available All Year

The new and improved Community Benefit Fund Grants are now open. The recent changes expanded the Community Benefit Fund to provide greater certainty and accountability for all Territorians who access the Fund.

Creating Jobs: National Industry Event Comes to Darwin

As part of the push to encourage investment in the Territory’s resources sector to create jobs, the Territory Labor Government is sponsoring the APGA (Australian Pipelines & Gas Association) Convention & Exhibition, which commences in Darwin this weekend.

Restoring Trust – industry, community and business alliances for gas industry sustainability

The Territory Labor Government has this week signed a grant agreement with CSIRO’s GISERA (Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance) to engage the significant and trusted research capabilities of CSIRO to deliver independent and transparent advice on gas development in the Territory.


National Aboriginal Art Gallery Consultation Report Released

The findings of an extensive three-month consultation program with the local Alice Springs community have been released today with 88 percent of the Alice Springs community consulted saying they want the project to progress and were either supportive of the Anzac Hill Precinct site, or were site-neutral.

Investing in Jobs and the Bush: Capital Grants for Improvements on Homelands Announced

The Territory Labor Government has awarded nearly $5 million to ensure its homelands continue to be serviced and maintained.

Territory Labor Government Provides Certainty for St John’s Ambulance

The Territory Labor Government today released the response to the review of Road Ambulance Services in the Northern Territory.

A Golden Future: Delivering Local Jobs and Economic Development for Tennant Creek

The Territory Labor Government is promoting Tennant Creek as a mining and services hub to create jobs, and this development took a big step forward today with the announcement of a new strategic alliance between Emmerson Resources and Territory Resources Ltd.

Revitalising Darwin CBD and Creating Jobs: Darwin Street Art Festival starts today

Local and national artists are set to reveal their murals over the next ten days as part of the 2018 Darwin Street Art Festival.

Investing in Recreational Fishing to Create Jobs: First FAD Deployed

The Territory Labor Government’s first trial Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) was deployed today as part of a plan to enhance and expand recreational fishing opportunities in the Territory.

Aboriginal Engagement Critical to the Success of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery

More than 140 Aboriginal stakeholders in Alice Springs have now been consulted on the National Aboriginal Art Gallery - with most supportive of the project.


Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner today outlined a Five Point NT Gas Strategy at the South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference in Darwin, as part of NT Resources Week.

Record-Breaking Mineral Production for the Territory

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, today delivered the keynote address to the Mining in the Territory conference, where he revealed the 2017/18 financial year was a record-breaker for the value of mineral production in the NT.

Turbocharging Tourism: George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens Visitor and Events Centre Open Day

George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens’ $9.8 million facelift is a step closer with concepts for a new multi-purpose visitor and event centre on public display at the Gardens from today.

Creating Jobs: Exploration Surges in the Territory

Mineral exploration expenditure increased by 43 per cent in the Northern Territory during the 2017/18 financial year, statistics released this week have shown.

Experienced Corrections Operator to take up role as Commissioner of Correctional Services

The Territory Government has today announced that Mr Scott McNairn is the successful applicant and will take up the role of Commissioner of Correctional Services.

Celebrating the Bush: 2019 Rural Women’s Award

Applications for the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award open today. The Territory Labor Government has highlighted agribusiness as a priority growth sector to create jobs, and supporting the awards helps the government support future leaders of the sector.

National Aboriginal Art Gallery: National Reference Group Appointed

Another important step towards delivering the job creating National Aboriginal Art Gallery was achieved today with Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss announcing members of the National Reference Group.

Creating Jobs and Supporting the Community - $6.4 million for Katherine CORRECTION

The Territory Labor Government is investing an additional $14.4 million in improving Local Government sporting and entertainment facilities, and the town of Katherine is set to receive $4.2 million of that funding.