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Attracting Visitors: Redback Race returns to Red Centre

Visitors from across the country will descend upon Alice Springs today as part of this year’s Redback Mountain Biking Stage Race until Sunday 25 August.

Creating Jobs and Safer Communities: New 24 Hour Police Station at John Stokes

A tender for the design and construction of a new 24-hour police station in Nightcliff as part of the John Stokes Redevelopment was released earlier this week.

Cutting Crime and Putting Victims First: Strengthened Victims’ Charter Released

The Territory Labor Government is putting victims first by ensuring they have a stronger voice in the Northern Territory’s judicial system, with a strengthened Charter of Victims’ Rights.

Creating Jobs by Building Brighter Futures: Education Projects Support Hundreds of Jobs

The Territory Labor Government has directly supported more than one thousand local jobs since coming to government with a suite of major education construction projects.

Minister Approves NTEPA McArthur River Mine Recommendations

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby has approved an amendment to the existing mine management plan (MMP) for the McArthur River Mine, creating a pathway for the implementation of all 30 recommendations made by the NT Environment Protection Authority (NTEPA).

Construction Starts on the New Bushfires NT Headquarters

Construction has started on the new $6.6 million Bushfires NT Headquarters which is adjacent to the World War 2 Heritage listed Hughes Airstrip in Acacia Hills.

Targeted Campaign Attracts New Territorians

The Territory Labor Government has released a progress report a year on from the launch of its 2018 – 2028 Northern Territory Population Growth Strategy to boost population and create jobs.

Acknowledging History: Bagot Road Flag Poles

The Territory Labor Government this week released a tender to provide an engaging and welcoming entry point to the city of Darwin.

Reaching for the Stars: Youth Engagement Programs Launch in Palmerston Primary Schools

The highly successful youth engagement and mentoring programs, Clontarf and Stars, have opened for the first time in Northern Territory primary schools.

NTG Provides Extra $7 million to Charles Darwin University for VET Delivery

The Northern Territory Government has provided a one-off funding contribution of $7 million to Charles Darwin University, following an independent review of the university’s delivery of Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Driving Visitation: A Race and Run this weekend in the Alice

Alice Springs is gearing up to host visitors from around the globe for the 58th Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta and the Run Larapinta race this weekend.

Expressions of Interest Open for 2021 Arafura Games

Planning for the 2021 Arafura Games is underway with an expression of interest process released today for sports to put their hand up to be involved in 2021.

Industry Embraces Plan for NT Ship Lift

Support for the Territory Labor Government’s Ship Lift is gaining momentum with the Australian Industry Defence Network NT (AIDN-NT) backing the project.


The Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Nicole Manison stands with the Northern Territory Police Association in condemning Robyn Lambley’s outrageous attacks on Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors (PALIs).

Generational Change: Accelerate Strategy to Increase Connectivity of NT Schools

The Territory Labor Government has today launched a new three year strategy aimed at enhanced technology use in schools and reducing the digital divide between the NT’s remote and urban students.

Jobs on Country: Legislation supporting strategic Aboriginal Water Reserves Bill Introduced to Parliament

The Territory Labor Government today introduced the Water Further Amendment Bill 2019 to Parliament, which opens up opportunities for future economic development and local jobs for Aboriginal people on country.

Qantas welcomes “bold” investment to transform Jabiru

Qantas has lauded a new $351.7 million government funding agreement for Kakadu National Park as exactly the bold infrastructure investment the Northern Territory needs.

Cutting Crime and Antisocial Behaviour: NEW LIQUOR ACT PASSED IN PARLIAMENT

The Territory Labor Government has passed the Liquor Bill 2019 through the Legislative Assembly.


A historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to be signed today in Jabiru will secure the town’s future as the tourism heartland of the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park.

Local Decision Making: Protecting Country, Creating Jobs - Increasing Powers for Aboriginal Rangers

Aboriginal Rangers will be recognised as conservation officers under changes to the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1976, introduced to Parliament this week.

15 More CBD Walls to Be Painted: Third Darwin Street Art Festival to Boost CBD

The Darwin Street Art Festival is returning for a third year in 2019, with 15 city walls to be transformed into masterpieces by nationally and internationally acclaimed street artists in September.

A Bright Future for Darwin Ovals

The Territory Labor Government is continuing to deliver on its election commitment to invest in urban lights at sporting ovals with the release of design and construct tenders for Gardens Oval, Bagot Oval and Nightcliff Oval.

Cutting Youth Crime: New Darwin Youth Justice Centre Site Chosen

The Territory Labor Government has chosen a site for the new Darwin Youth Justice Centre.


Please see attached a joint release from Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss; South Australian Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni; South Australian Film Corporation; Screen Territory; Screen Australia; Documentary Australia Foundation; Australian Film, Television and Radio School; ABC and NITV.

Jobs, housing and infrastructure at core of plan to build better town camps

Jobs, housing and infrastructure are at the core of a five-year action plan to build the capability of town camps and community living areas (CLAs) throughout the NT.

Boosting Health Services: NT Mental Health Strategic Plan Launched

The Territory Labor Government today released the NT Mental Health Strategic plan 2019-2025, delivering on a significant election promise to review existing strategies.

NT Suicide Prevention Community Grants Awarded – Supporting the community and raising awareness

The Territory Labor Government is working to deliver its promise on reducing the suicide rates in the NT, with a second round of 29 grants being awarded this financial year.

Baker Boy and Mojo Juju Big Winners at the 16th NIMAs

The Fresh Prince of Arnhem Land and Young Australian of the Year, Baker Boy took out the major award at the 16th National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) at Gardens Amphitheatre on Saturday night.

Zuccoli Primary School Reaches Major Milestone with Principal Appointed

The fast-tracked new government school at Zuccoli has reached a major milestone, with the appointment of principal Carolyn Edwards.

New Debit Cards for the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme

Territorians on the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme will now have more flexibility and choice with the introduction of a new debit card that will replace the existing paper travel vouchers.

NT Takes Next Step in Ship Lift Project

Following the Territory Labor Government’s announcement yesterday that a ship lift will be built in the NT, Chief Minister Michael Gunner has today met with the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF).

Location Scouts wins US Awards

Tourism NT’s quirky web series Location Scouts has won further international acclaim winning Best Web Series at the Los Angeles Film Awards for July 2019, Best Web Series at the Top Shorts Film Festival for July 2019 and Best of Show at the IndieFEST Film Awards.

Darwin to Host Inaugural National Aboriginal Fashion Awards

The Northern Territory will become the epicentre of Aboriginal fashion following the Territory Labor Government’s announcement that the inaugural National Aboriginal Fashion Awards will be launched in Darwin next year.

Acting NT Police Commissioner Plans Confirmed

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Nicole Manison, today confirmed that Deputy Commissioner, Michael Murphy, will continue to act in the role of Northern Territory Police Commissioner and CEO of Fire and Emergency Services until a permanent appointment is made.

Meredith Day Huntingford appointed as new Judge of the Local Court

Meredith Day Huntingford has been appointed as a new Judge of the Local Court of the Northern Territory.

Hemp Industry Bill Passes in Parliament: Diversifying our Economy and Creating Jobs

Today the Legislative Assembly passed the Territory Labor Government’s Hemp Industry Bill, paving the way for an exciting new opportunity for Territory farmers as soon as Dry Season 2020.

Ship Lift to be Built in Darwin

The Territory Labor Government will build the largest ship lift in Northern Australia, paving the way for hundreds of jobs and positioning Darwin as a major international and national player in the marine services industry.

More Local Jobs: A Bigger and Better CBD

The Territory Labor Government is revitalising and transforming Darwin’s CBD from ‘waterfront to waterfront’, to bring more people into the city, create local jobs and stamp Darwin’s position as the Capital of the North.

Burial and Cremation Bill introduced into Parliament

A new Burial and Cremation Bill introduced into Parliament today will replace the current Cemeteries Act that was based on a 67 year-old Commonwealth Ordinance inherited by the Northern Territory at Self Government.

More Local Jobs: A Bigger and Better CBD

The Territory Labor Government is revitalising and transforming Darwin’s CBD from ‘waterfront to waterfront’, to bring more people into the city, create local jobs and stamp Darwin’s position as the Capital of the North.

Boosting Business Events – Creating Local Jobs

The Territory Labor Government recognises the importance of the business events market to the Territory economy and continues to support the sector through our Turbocharging Tourism stimulus investment.

Creating Generational Change: Passage of the Care and Protection of Children Amendment Bill

Today the Territory Labor Government passed amendments to the Care and Protection of Children Act which will give vulnerable families and children a better chance for a bright future.

Darwin events celebrate our rich arts and cultural talent

This month Darwin hosts an eclectic mix of art, couture, musical and cultural events highlighting the best in Australian Indigenous high-end fashion, fine art, music and a host of international and national performers.


The Territory Labor Government’s 2019 Arafura Games was a success; with an event evaluation report showing the Games generated over $7 million directly into the economy and an additional flow on contribution to the economy of $6.5 million – benefiting Territorians, supporting jobs and local businesses.

Parliament Preview: Cutting Crime through Alcohol Reform

A solid schedule of legislation is set to be debated in Parliament over the next two weeks, including the Liquor Bill 2019.

Safer Communities: Construction of Palmerston Police Station Complete

The Territory Labor Government has delivered a key election commitment, with construction complete on the $30 million, state-of-the-art Palmerston Police Station.

Construction Starts on Litchfield Park Road

Construction has started on the final 12 kilometres of Litchfield Park Road and the bridge over the Lower Finniss River to ensure year-round access - supporting 80 local jobs.

Creating Jobs: Artificial reef construction work awarded to HPA

Helping People Achieve (HPA) has joined forces with local business Shorelands to assist in the construction of four artificial reefs as part of the Territory Governments $50 million recreational fishing investment.

Celebrating Aboriginal Territorians: Garma Turns 21

Garma, the Northern Territory’s largest and most celebrated Aboriginal-led festival, this year celebrates 21 years of sharing Yolngu culture with people from all over Australia.

Parrtjima brings $1.8m into the Red Centre

From 5 to 14 April, Parrtjima attracted over 25,000 attendances, a 24 per cent increase on 2018 attendances, with interstate visitation contributing over $1.8 million to the Alice Springs economy through the unique Red Centre event.