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Creating jobs: Darwin to host key Travel Event

Darwin has won a bid to host one of the travel trades leading inbound/international tourism conferences, the 2018 Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) Meeting Place.


The Territory Labor Government is delivering on another important election commitment with $45 million dollars set aside in 2019/20 for a major redevelopment of John Stokes Square – including a 24-hour police station.

Revitalising Alice Springs CBD: Works on Megafauna Central Underway

Work is underway on the Territory Labor Government’s $4.26 million investment to relocate and display the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory palaeontology collection in the Alice Springs CBD.


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Growing Territory Agribusiness: NT Farmers Roles Filled

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, today announced a major milestone in the Territory Labor Government’s election promise to develop Katherine as an agribusiness and logistics hub, with the appointment of a dedicated Plant Industry Development Officer based in Katherine.

International Marketing Experts Appointed to Lure Chinese Visitors

Travel Link Marketing has been appointed to promote the Territory, targeting the Greater China market.

Arafura Games: Expert Advisory Board Appointed

Planning for the Arafura Games continues to gather pace with the appointment of a high-level Advisory Committee.

$400 000 Funding for Katherine Youth Services

Young people in Katherine will soon have a range of expanded and new after-hours activities to enjoy, as part of the Territory Labor Government’s ongoing investment in young people.

Territory Day set to celebrate our unique lifestyle

On 1 July 1978, the Northern Territory was granted Self-Government, under the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978, now known as Territory Day.


The Territory Labor Government has listened to the community and scrapped the Myilly Point museum of the NT.

Old and new combine at Arnhem Land Culture Camp

Arnhem Land elders are imparting centuries of tradition and wisdom to Aboriginal teenagers as part of a new NT learning program designed to inspire re-engagement with education.

Royal Commission Implementation Plan Released: Record Investment for Child Protection & Youth Justice

The Territory Labor Government today announced that it will invest an historic $229.6 million over the next five years to continue the overhaul of the child protection and youth justice systems, and implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT.

Budget 2018: Responsible Savings and Revenue measures for budget repair

Treasurer Nicole Manison has today announced budget repair measures to address the unprecedented fiscal challenges facing the NT.

Delivering the National Aboriginal Art Gallery –Reference Group Plan

Acting Minister for Tourism and Culture, Eva Lawler today opened an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for a nationally representative Reference Group to help guide the delivery of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs.

Dr David Ritchie Appointed to Oversee Implementation of Fracking Reforms

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today announced that Dr David Ritchie would be appointed as the independent officer to oversee implementation of the 135 recommendations from the scientific inquiry into hydraulic fracturing.

NT Government Welcomes NAIF Changes

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has today welcomed changes to the investment mandate of the North Australia Infrastructure Facility.

National Aboriginal Art Gallery: Key Interim Appointment

Acting Minister for Tourism and Culture, Eva Lawler today confirmed the appointment of the Director of the Araluen Cultural Precinct, Dr Mark Crees as the Interim Director, Project Implementation Team, National Aboriginal Art Gallery.


Chief Minister Michael Gunner today announced the Northern Territory Government had accepted all 135 recommendations of the independent fracking inquiry.

Supporting Recreational Fishing: 1500 More Barra for Palmerston Lakes

Palmerston residents have 1500 more reasons to wet a line thanks to the release of barra fingerlings into the Palmerston Lakes today.

Budget 2018: Protecting the Territory against Cyber-crime

The Territory Labor Government is strengthening the NT Government's cyber security capability with a $1.5 million investment over three years as part of Budget 2018.

Budget 2018: Funding for AFL Games in NT locked in for five more years

The Territory Labor Government will invest $1.7 million a year over the next five years to work with the AFL to secure annual Australian Football League (AFL) Premiership games in the NT from the 2019 AFL season onwards.

Town Camp Review Released: Improving the lives of Territorians

The Territory Labor Government will invest $25 million towards generational change for people living in town camps starting with urgent repairs to housing and infrastructure and the establishment of a dedicated Town Camps Futures Unit.

Lawler to Fight for Territory kids

Territory Minister for Education, Eva Lawler, will today fight for the Territory kids when she attends the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Education Council in Adelaide.

Fighting for the best for Territory Health at COAG

The Territory Labor Government will be pushing for improved health services and a fair share of funding at today’s National Health Ministerial Council in Sydney.

Donghai Airlines to revolutionise NT visitor economy - China Flights announced today

Chief Minister, Michael Gunner announced today the first-ever flights from China. Donghai Airlines will start the direct non-stop service from Shenzhen from Wednesday 30 May 2018.

Territory Labor Government’s Record Investment in Schools

Budget 2018 will see a record investment in supporting students and recruiting more teachers, Education Minister Eva Lawler announced today.

New board members announced for Power & Water Corporation

Treasurer Nicole Manison today announced four new board members for Power and Water Corporation (PWC).

Budget 2018: Protecting our Darwin Rural Community from Bushfires

The Territory Labor Government is investing $4.5 million in 2018-19 for the construction of a new regional Bushfires NT Head Quarters in the Darwin Rural area to improve community safety and create local jobs.

Another major win for Turbocharging Tourism - Jetstar announces direct Brisbane-Uluru flights

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said Turbocharging Tourism delivers again for the Territory with the announcement by Jetstar today that it will commence direct flights between Brisbane and Uluru from 3 August 2018.

More Good News for Fishos: CCTV at East Arm Boat Ramp

The latest project as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $50 million investment in recreational fishing infrastructure has been completed, with CCTV installed at East Arm boat ramp.

Calling Emerging Leaders from Remote Communities

Sixteen aspiring Aboriginal leaders are wanted from across the Territory to join the 2018 First Circles Leadership Program.

2018 Arts Trail Regional Stimulus grants program Round 2 opens today

The Territory Labor Government continues to boost economic growth across the Territory’s art and cultural sector through Round 2 of the Arts Trail Regional Stimulus Grant program which opens today.

Supporting Boat Users: $60K Campaign Around New Alcohol Limits for Skippers

The Territory Labor Government is building safer communities with a $60 000 education campaign to promote the introduction of alcohol limits for skippers. The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Natasha Fyles made the announcement at the Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory (AFANT) Annual General Meeting yesterday.

More Jobs and Safer Communities: Palmerston Police Station tender awarded

The Territory Labor Government is delivering jobs and creating safer communities, with the announcement today that local firm Sitzler will construct the new $30 million 24-hour Palmerston Police Station and Watch House.

Key Funding to Support Historical Research

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss, has today announced the 19 successful recipients of the 2017/18 NT History grants.

Creating Jobs: Promoting the NT to Japan and South Korea

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, will lead a government and trade delegation to Japan and South Korea today to strengthen relationships with the two countries and explore trade opportunities for the Territory.

Safer Communities - More Permanent Resources for Tennant Creek

Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy today announced that Tennant Creek would be getting a team of three Public Housing Safety Officers (PHSOs).

Creating Jobs and Improving Education Facilities: Tender Released

A tender for works to upgrade one of the Territory’s oldest primary schools is now open.

Talking Alice Springs Down: Robyn Lambley Must Stop Trying to Kill off the Art Gallery

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said it is time for Robyn Lambley to get behind the National Aboriginal Art Gallery to ensure it’s built in Alice Springs and not Adelaide.

Seeking the Best Deal for Territorians

Treasurer Nicole Manison today said all levels of Government, the Territory business sector and the community must work together to address the Territory's additional $1.4 billion drop to GST revenues over the forward estimates.

Safer Communities – More Permanent Resources for Katherine

Member for Katherine, Sandra Nelson today announced that Katherine would be getting a team of three Public Housing Safety Officers (PHSOs).

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to visit the Territory

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will touch down in the Northern Territory Monday for a two day visit to the region.

NT Government and Land Councils agree on MoU for Treaty

The Northern Territory Government and the NT’s four land council’s recently met in Alice Springs to discuss the delivery of treaty.

Protecting Green Space at Anzac Hill Precinct - Government Announces MOU Plan

To ensure protection of community green space at Anzac Hill Precinct – the preferred home of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery – and officially partner with Alice Springs Council, the Territory Labor Government has drafted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

SAVAGE CUTS: Federal Government Slashes $1.4 billion MORE from NT budget

The Australian Government has dealt yet another brutal blow to every Territorian, ripping a further $1.4 billion over four years from the Territory’s GST revenue.

Budget 2018: Better schools and more jobs with an extra $13.18 million

The Territory Labor Government is investing an additional $13.18 million in education infrastructure to improve school facilities and create local jobs across the NT.

More Jobs, More People, Brighter Future – Budget 2018

The Territory Labor Government’s 2018 Budget will create more jobs, attract more people and build a brighter future for all Territorians.

Generational Change – More Support for Tennant Creek

The Territory Families office in Tennant Creek will be permanently increased by five new positions, Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield announced today.

Budget 2018: Extra $2.44 Million to Attract Major Projects and Create Jobs

The Territory Labor Government will invest an additional $2.44 million over the next two years to attract and deliver new major projects to the NT to boost the economy and create local jobs.

Full STEAM Ahead: Tender Announced for Darwin High School STEAM Centre

The construction tender for the new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Centre at Darwin High School has been released.