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$2 Million Immediate Tourism Resilience Plan: $500,000 for New Visitor Experience Program

Local tourism businesses can apply for up to $50,000 under the New Visitor Experience Program as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $2 Million Immediate Tourism Resilience Plan to support the industry and help minimise the impacts of the Australian Bushfires and the national coronavirus travel restrictions.

Supporting Our Pastoralists Doing It Tough

Territory pastoralists who have been financially impacted by drought-like conditions can now apply for a rent reduction or waiver for their pastoral lease.

$2M Immediate Tourism Resilience Plan: Key to the NT Partnership Program to Drive Interstate Tourism

A new free partnership program to promote NT tourism operators and experiences to interstate audiences is available to local businesses as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $2 million Immediate Tourism Resilience Plan.

Marine Pollution Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 Passed

The Territory’s coastal and marine environments will now be better protected following the passing of the Marine Pollution Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 in Parliament last week.

Upgrades to the Barkly Stock Route Now Complete

Work to seal 23 kilometres of the Northern Territory’s Barkly Stock Route is now complete, sealing the road all the way to its junction with the Stuart Highway to create a more reliable transport corridor for the cattle industry and pastoralists.

Boosting Australia’s Tourism to Asia

Please see attached a joint release from Federal Tourism Minister, Simon Birmingham and Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Eva Lawler, announcing Darwin will host Tourism Australia’s Corroboree Asia event from 23 to 27 August 2020.

Community Benefit Fund: Chung Wah Society Celebrates Chinese New Year this Weekend

Chinese New Year will be celebrated this weekend with a festival at the Sitzler Netball Stadium in Marrara.

Top Tunes and Balmy Weather BASSINTHEGRASS 2020

People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS music festival returns to Darwin’s iconic Mindil Beach on Saturday 23 May 2020 with a top line up of internationally and nationally renowned artists.

Buy Local Policy Gives a Boost to Local Construction Jobs

The January 2020 construction update shows the Territory Labor Government’s infrastructure investments are putting local businesses and local workers first.

Territory Seniors and Businesses to Benefit from New Prepaid Cards

Approximately 1400 members of the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme have been issued a new prepaid card, giving them greater flexibility and choice on how to spend their $500 annual payment. The prepaid cards help senior Territorians with the cost of travel, accommodation, electricity, water and fuel.

Investing in Culture and Jobs: Santa Teresa Art Centre Awarded Arts Trail Grant as New Funding Round Opens

An Aboriginal art centre in the heart of Australia is the latest recipient of the Arts Trail Regional Stimulus Grant program, as part of the Territory Labor Government’s investment in the Territory’s creative industries helping to create jobs in regional areas.

Ti Tree Water Allocation Plan Declared

The Territory Labor Government has today ensured surface and groundwater in Central Australia will be managed sustainably by declaring the Ti Tree Water Allocation Plan 2020 – 2030.

Undergrounding Power at Territory Schools

The Territory Labor Government is ensuring a safe and reliable power network for all Territorians.

Decision on Noonamah Ridge Rezoning

The Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler has decided not to approve the rezoning of Noonamah Ridge to establish a Specific Use Zone at this time.

New legislation to Improve Workers Compensation Conditions to be Introduced this Week

The second week of Parliamentary sittings commences tomorrow with a full schedule on the agenda including the introduction of the Return to Work Bill 2020.

$570,000 to Improve Road Safety at Alawa and Nemarluk Primary Schools

The Territory Labor Government will invest $570,000 in traffic upgrades at Alawa and Nemarluk schools to improve safety for children and families.

Planning Amendment Bill 2020 Introduced

The Territory Labor Government is improving certainty and understanding around planning decisions with the Planning Amendment Bill 2020 now introduced into Parliament.

Cruising into Darwin: Queen Mary 2 Visitors to spend $700,000 in Top End

The Top End will roll out the welcome mat for luxury liner Queen Mary 2 which will now overnight in Darwin on 24 February, providing a $700,000 boost to local businesses.

Best and Brightest 2019 Students Honoured at NT Board of Studies Awards

The Northern Territory’s outstanding class of 2019 students have been celebrated at the annual Northern Territory Board of Studies (NTBOS) Awards at Parliament House.

Investing in Culture and Jobs: $1 Million Arts Trail Gallery Extension for Injalak Arts

The Territory Labor Government continues to invest in our regions, boosting economic growth and creating jobs with a $1 million investment to progress the Territory Arts Trail initiative at Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya, Arnhem Land.

Safer Communities: Additional Resources sent to Alice Springs

Alice Springs residents will now see an increased police presence throughout the CBD as additional officers are working in town.

Building Better Schools: Election Commitment Nearing Completion

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on a key election commitment with its Building Better Schools (BBS) program nearing completion.

Stronger Screening for NDIS Workers

Legislation passed today will see stronger and nationally consistent screening processes for all new workers employed by National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) registered providers by 1 July 2020.

Safer Communities – Delivering on our Commitment of 120 Police

The Territory Labor Government is putting more police on the beat and giving them the best resources possible to tackle crime.

Territory Labor’s $5 million Rooftop Solar Program to Reduce School Electricity Costs

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to install solar panels in schools, facilitating significant energy savings that can be redirected into learning.

Creating Jobs: $1 Million for the Alice Springs Asia Pacific Storage & Maintenance Facility

The Territory Labor Government has confirmed that it will invest $1 million into the Alice Springs Asia Pacific Airport Storage and Maintenance Facility. The funds have been made available through the Territory Labor Government’s $89 million Local Jobs Fund.

Local Decision Making: Maningrida Morgue Handed to Community

Maningrida celebrates another primary health service milestone this week with the ownership of the local morgue being transferred to community control.

New Support for Victims of Domestic Violence to be Debated This Week

Parliamentary sittings commence in Darwin tomorrow, and at the forefront of the agenda will be to debate the Evidence and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019.

$2 Million Immediate Tourism Resilience Plan for the Northern Territory

The Territory Labor Government has announced a $2 million Immediate Tourism Resilience Plan to minimise the impact to our tourism industry from the Australian Bushfires and the coronavirus outbreak and maintain the momentum in attracting more visitors to the NT.

Local Jobs Fund to Build the Terabit Territory

The Territory Labor Government will partner with the private sector to upgrade the Northern Territory’s existing fibre-optic cable network from 400 gigabits to 20 terabits – a once-in-a-generation infrastructure upgrade that will bring new investment, new industries and new jobs to the Territory.

Revitalising Our CBD – Austin Lane Transforms

Work to revitalise Darwin City is progressing well with two new covered walkways being installed in Austin Lane.

Turbocharging Tourism: Works Begin on Three Nitmiluk Projects

Three Turbocharging Tourism projects are now underway in Nitmiluk National Park as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $5.5 million Turbocharging Tourism investment to enhance visitor offerings and support jobs.

Statement on Johnston By-Election

This afternoon I met the Administrator of the Northern Territory, the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO, to ask her Honour to issue a writ for a by-election in the Division of Johnston, to be held on Saturday, 29 February.

Exciting exploration opportunities as AGES program is released

The Territory’s exploration sector is experiencing strong growth in exploration activity for commodities such as gold, zinc, copper and lithium.

Creating New Homes and Hundreds of Jobs for Territorians

A new private housing development in Palmerston supported by the Territory Government is supporting 90 local jobs and more housing options for social housing tenants.

Tickets On Sale: NRL ANZAC Day Eve Clash – Eels v Broncos in Darwin

Rugby league fans can now book their tickets for the NRL ANZAC Day Eve Clash between the Parramatta Eels and the Brisbane Broncos at TIO Stadium on Friday 24 April.

Always a Good Time for a Check-up with Free Dental for Territory Kids

Free dental for all Territory kids up to 18 years old in the Northern Territory continues into 2020, providing access to high-quality dental services delivered by the Territory Labor Government.

Investing in Sport: Ross Park Oval Upgrades Completed

The Alice Springs sporting community can now enjoy upgraded female friendly change rooms, toilets and canteen facilities at Ross Park Oval as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $6.2 million investment to improve community sporting infrastructure at seven Alice Springs sporting facilities.

Milestone Moment: Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre Celebrates Tenth Year

2020 marks the tenth year of operation for the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre (AWCCC), a ground breaking Labor election commitment opened under the Henderson Government.

Investing in Aboriginal Tourism, Supporting Local Businesses: New Funding to Boost Aboriginal Tourism

Aboriginal owned tourism businesses can now apply for a new $200,000 funding program to help improve business sustainability, enhance the Northern Territory’s unique Aboriginal tourism offerings and further strengthen its position as the undeniable leader in the Aboriginal tourism sector.

Investing in Culture and Local Jobs: Arts Trail Regional Gallery Extension for Katherine’s Mimi Aboriginal Art and Craft

Mimi Aboriginal Art and Craft is set to undergo a transformation this year with gallery, artists’ studio and retail spaces to be enhanced as part of the Territory Labor Government’s Arts Trail initiative.

Nominations Open: 2020 NT Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards

Nominations for the Territory’s foremost Nursing and Midwifery Awards open for eligible health care professionals across the Northern Territory tomorrow (Monday 3 Feb) at 10am.

Revitalising the CBD – State Square Underground Car Park Now Complete

Thanks to $20 million from the Territory Labor Government, Darwin’s CBD is one-step closer to being a cooler and more attractive space with the State Square Underground Car Park now complete and open to the public.

Bowled Over: Imparja Cup - Boost to Local Business. Boost to Local Jobs.

Some of Australia’s best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cricketers have converged on Alice Springs, with the annual Imparja Cup beginning today until 6 February.

Update on Tourism Response to coronavirus and Bushfires

Tourism NT is working with local industry and Tourism Australia on managing the impacts of bushfires and coronavirus on NT tourist numbers.

State Funeral – Mr Ian Lindsay Tuxworth

A State Funeral for the late Mr Ian Tuxworth, former Chief Minister of the Northern Territory will be held on Wednesday 5 February 2020, with members of the public welcome to attend.

Driving Business Events to the Territory: Event Here This Year

Business Events Australia has released a domestic campaign encouraging Australians to Event Here This Year, to help provide a boost to the events industry in the wake of the combined effect of a global downturn in travel to Australia as a result of the bushfires.

Red Tape Busting, Jobs Generating: Value for Territory Test

The Territory Labor Government is improving the current procurement assessment process to cut red tape and make tendering easier for Territory businesses.

Supporting Local Jobs: Local Contractors Awarded $2.2 million for Katherine Showgrounds Upgrades

Upgrades to the Katherine Showgrounds and Multi-Purpose Centre are one-step closer with tenders awarded to four local companies for civil and yard building works as part of the Territory Labor Government’s investment in Katherine.

Schools in at Territory Labor Government’s $30 million Zuccoli Primary School

The Territory’s newest school is officially open, with the first students of Zuccoli Primary School joining 45,000 other NT students in returning to the classroom this week.