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BUDGET 2019: TURBO2 - Enhancing Visitor Experiences and Attracting Business Events

Territory tourism businesses will be supported to enhance their visitor offerings, with the Visitor Experience Enhancement Program (VEEP) to be extended for another two years as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $62.8 million TURBO2 investment announced earlier this week.

Bringing Back the Arafura Games: Stage is set for Opening Celebrations

Excitement is growing for the Arafura Games’ star-studded Opening Celebration tomorrow night at the Darwin Waterfront.

BUDGET 2019: TURBO2 - Supporting Festivals and Events

Major events and festivals will get a $20 million boost under the Territory Labor Government’s TURBO2 investment aimed at attracting more visitors and injecting more money into the economy.

Bringing Back the Arafura Games: Athletes Start Arriving

With only days to go until the commencement of the 2019 Arafura Games, excitement is building as national and international athletes arrive for the nine-day event.

BUDGET 2019: TURBO2 ANNOUNCED - Investing in Tourism to Support Business and Create Jobs

The Territory Labor Government today announced an additional $62.8 million over two years for Turbocharging Tourism 2.

Tourism Data Indicates Turbocharged Results for the Territory

The latest domestic visitor data from Tourism Research Australia for the 12 months to December 2018 shows domestic holiday visitors to the NT increased by 6.7 per cent to 652,000 visitors, with expenditure also increasing by 35 per cent to $832 million.

Artificial Reefs: Boost for Territory’s Fishing Industry

The Northern Territory’s vibrant recreational fishing industry will receive a further boost with the tender to construct four new artificial reefs awarded to a local company.

Bringing Back the Arafura Games: Purple Patch Community Hubs Launched

All the colour and excitement of the Arafura Games will be on show at special community hubs that allow locals, visitors and spectators to be a part of the 9-day celebrations.

Investing in the Bush: Seeking the Next Generation of Aboriginal Leaders

The Territory Labor Government is seeking 16 emerging Aboriginal leaders to join the First Circles Leadership Program, to equip them with skills to influence change in their communities.

Government Releases Plan to Fix the Budget

The Territory Labor Government has released its plan to fix the Territory Budget.

The Plan to Fix the Budget: Pay Freeze for Politicians and Public Service Executives

The Territory Labor Government today announced a three-year pay freeze for all NT Politicians and Public Sector Executives.

Territory Art Showcased in Shenzhen China

The Territory will be on show at a special international exhibition in Shenzhen China showcasing the work of Australia’s great bark painters.

Buying Local Seafood Helps Create Territory Jobs

Territorians are encouraged to think local this Easter and enjoy delicious, fresh, locally-caught seafood from local fish markets, supermarkets, restaurants and cafes.

$78.4m Barkly Regional Deal Signed

A Regional Deal for the Barkly region in the Northern Territory has been signed, delivering a $78.4 million investment from the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government, the Territory Labor Government and the Barkly Regional Council.

Top Tier Entertainment Locked in for Supercars Weekend

The 2019 BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown is gearing up to be one of the Territory’s biggest and best Supercars events, with a fantastic program of on and off-track entertainment.

Arafura Games Delivers Economic Windfall and Strong Sporting Competition

The benefits of the revitalised Arafura Games are starting to be realised with only two weeks until the international multi-sport event begins.

Investing in the Bush: Aboriginal Land and Sea Action Plan Released

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to improve the lives of Aboriginal Territorians with today’s release of the Aboriginal Land and Sea Action Plan.

Restoring Trust: Public Comment Invited on the First Onshore Shale Gas Environment Management Plan

The first Environment Management Plan (EMP) for onshore shale gas exploration drilling since the Territory Labor Government lifted the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the Northern Territory has been accepted for assessment.

Supporting the Territory Screen Industry - New Grants and Screen Industry Advisory Council Announced

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss today announced the members of the Screen Industry Advisory Council (SIAC) and launched the industry’s new Enterprise Grant Fund Guidelines.

Restoring Trust: Release of Draft Environment Protection Legislation Community Engagement Report

The Territory Labor Government has moved one step closer to introducing its new environment protection legislation following extensive community consultation.

Virgin Australia: New Darwin to Bali Service Takes Off

Virgin’s inaugural Darwin-Bali service will provide another gateway for international tourists to come to the Territory as well as giving locals greater choice when booking holiday flights to Bali.

Investing in Generational Change: 2019 MySchool Shows Some Strong Improvement

Five Territory schools have been recognised for outstanding improvement in NAPLAN testing, following the release of today’s 2019 MySchool data.

Jobs and Housing Transforming Groote Eylandt

Groote Eylandt is a hive of building activity with locals chipping in to build themselves a better future.

Purple House to receive a second dialysis truck

Central Australian health provider Purple House will soon begin operating a second Purple Truck for remote dialysis.

Construction Completed on Australia’s Largest Rollout of Solar Power in Remote Communities

The Territory Labor Government’s target of 50% renewables by 2030 will deliver local jobs, and cheaper, cleaner power. Construction is now complete on the Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP), which is Australia’s largest rollout of solar power to remote communities.

Growing the Territory: Vision for Critical Minerals

The Territory Labor Government is outlining a vision for the NT to become a globally-significant producing, processing and manufacturing centre for critical minerals.

Investing in Our Regions - Arts Trail Regional Stimulus Grants

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.

Celebrating NT Youth Week and Release of the April School Holiday Program

The Territory Labor Government has invested in over 200 activities for children, youth and families throughout the Territory for NT Youth Week and the upcoming school holidays.

International Cricket Superstar Takes Out NT Sportsperson of the Year

International cricket superstar D’Arcy Short has taken out the Northern Territory’s top sporting honour, the NT Sportsperson of the Year.

Nation’s Top Military Writers and Researchers Converge on the Top End

Hundreds of people from across the Territory and Australia have made their way to Darwin for tonight’s opening of the International Military Writers’ Festival.

Creating jobs: Garramilla Boulevard Opens

Construction of the Garramilla Boulevard project is progressing well, with the iconic third entry point to Darwin’s CBD opening this Saturday.

Red Centre Ready for Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2019

Alice Springs Desert Park and Todd Mall is set to host thousands of national and international visitors over the next 10 days, with Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2019 officially opening tonight.

Northern Territory reaches NDIS full scheme agreement

The NT Government has locked in the long-term funding and governance arrangements for the NDIS in the Northern Territory.

Turbocharged Watarrka National Park Opening Up New Tourism Experiences

New opportunities for economic development and jobs for local Aboriginal people will be opened up in Watarrka National Park, with the NT Government investing $5 million into a new walking trail as part of the Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package.

Creating Jobs and Skilling Territorians: Territory VET Students Up, Up and Away

An exciting new partnership between the Territory Labor Government and Aviation Australia means aspiring aircraft mechanics no longer have to wait until they leave school to start training.

Creating Jobs, Growing Our Population: International Students Key to Economic Diversity

Up to 200 education agents from 50 countries are this week in Darwin for Australasia’s biggest annual study fair, as the Northern Territory accelerates efforts to grow its share of the lucrative international student market.

Creating Jobs, Protecting the Environment: Delivering Regulatory Framework for Onshore Gas

The Territory Labor Government has taken a major step forward in delivering a transparent, accountable onshore gas industry that will create jobs for Territorians while protecting the environment.

Turbocharged Darwin-Uluru Qantas Flights Boosting Tourism

Darwin is set to truly take off as a major gateway to Australia, with Qantas adding a Darwin/Uluru/Adelaide service twice a week from tomorrow (3 April 2019).

Federal Budget delivers another big GST blow to the Territory

The 2019 Federal Budget has delivered the Territory another blow with a further $75 million reduction of GST.

Bringing Back the Arafura Games: Beach Volleyball Venue Revealed

The Darwin Waterfront will be showcased to an international audience thanks to the Arafura Games 2019, with the Recreation Lagoon set to be transformed into the venue for the beach volleyball competition.

Creating Jobs, Building Brighter Futures: Major School Projects for Alice Springs Kids

The Territory Labor Government has supported more than 130 Alice Springs jobs while providing state-of-the-art facilities for children, with two major, economy-stimulating school construction projects in the past year.

Creating Generational Change and Safer Communities: Reforming Child Protection Central Intake Service

The Territory Labor Government is creating safer communities by reforming the child protection Central Intake Service.

Creating Jobs: Another CBD Revitalising Project

The Territory Labor Government has today released a tender to further revitalise Austin Lane as part of the historic $200 million Cities Deal.

Statement on National Aboriginal Art Gallery

The Territory Labor Government is building the National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs.

More Chances to Catch the Million Dollar Fish

There are still one million reasons to fish the Top End with the bonus round of Million Dollar Fish starting today.

Saving Lives: BreastScreenNT’s Millie is on the Road Again

Millie the mobile mammogram screening truck is gearing up for an adventure as she prepares to be barged out to northeast Arnhem Land and other Top End communities as part of her yearly schedule offering services to remote Territorians.

The Plan for Budget Repair

Today it was confirmed that the independent John Langoulant ‘Plan for Budget Repair: Final Report’, the Territory Labor Government’s official response to this report and the results from the ‘Root and Branch Review’ into Department expenditure will be released by the Chief Minister and Treasurer on Tuesday, 16 April 2019.

Activate Darwin: Advisory Board Appointed

A connected and passionate group of Top Enders has been gathered to help revitalise the CBD, turbo-charge the economy, create jobs and grow small businesses as part of the $200m Cities Deal strategy.

SBS Food to Showcase Darwin’s Zesty Food Scene

One of Darwin’s best kept secrets will soon be beamed across the country with a new TV series showcasing our vibrant food scene.

Territory Labor Government Lands Housing Win From Federal Government

The Territory Labor Government has secured a $550 million investment from the Federal Government to continue to deliver remote housing in the NT. The deal comes nine months after the funding was first committed by the Commonwealth.