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$6.2 million for sporting infrastructure in Alice Springs

The Territory Labor Government’s $6.2 million investment towards community sporting infrastructure in Alice Springs will proceed following support from the local community to invest in a series of upgrades. All projects are expected to begin in the New Year.

Operation Tjupi-Tjala: New Pilot Child Protection Program

A new three-month pilot program is currently underway in Alice Springs aimed at delivering a more agile response to child protection concerns and to provide an extended after-hours service.

Locally filmed award-winning Sweet Country premieres in Alice Springs tonight

Territorians are in for a treat when the locally filmed Sweet Country premieres in Alice Springs tonight.

$1.7 Million For Aboriginal Economic Development and Jobs

The Territory Labor Government has awarded $1.7 million to projects that will drive economic development, create local jobs, and support capacity building in remote communities across the NT.

Safer Communities: Fast-tracked Police Recruits Begin in Alice Springs

Thirty-two experienced police officers from around the country have started an 11-week intensive training program in Alice Springs as part of the Territory Labor Government’s Accelerated Recruit Program (ARP).

Broadcast Bonanza for Big Bash

Millions of eyes will be on Alice Springs this week, when the KFC Big Bash League, one of the biggest sporting events in Alice Springs’ broadcast history, is broadcast to more than 130 countries.

Territory Government welcomes Commonwealth funding for remote housing

The Northern Territory Labor Government has welcomed the announcement from the Commonwealth Government to match our 10 year $1.1 billion investment into remote housing.

Investing in our sport and active recreation organisations

A total of 27 NT sport and active recreation organisations will benefit from more than $1.5 million in funding from the Territory Labor Government’s 2017/18 Facility and Capital Equipment Grant Program.

Youth Justice Reforms take effect

Today, the Territory Labor Government’s plan for improving youth justice took another important step forward with the final transfer of all responsibilities for youth justice and youth detention to Territory Families.

Creating 250 Jobs and revitalising the Darwin CBD

The old Cavenagh House building will be demolished and replaced by a striking ‘green’ nine-storey office tower, which will create 250 construction jobs and will become the new administrative headquarters for the Department of Health, Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced today.

Meteorites Legislation, Kakadu World Heritage listing and Statehood were all on the Cabinet Agenda in 1987

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss today released the 1987 Cabinet records.

Most inspiring snaps of 2017

The top 10 highest performing Instagram images shared to @AusOutbackNT have been announced for 2017.

Free New Year Buses for Safer Territorians

Acting Chief Minister Nicole Manison is encouraging Territorians to stay safe this festive season, and make use of the free special event buses operating on New Year’s Eve.

Million Dollar Fish Hot Spots

Somewhere in slow-moving waters around the Northern Territory, there’s a giant, tagged barramundi blissfully unaware that it’s worth a cool million dollars.

Live Darwin Arts Program set to excite again with Round 2!

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss, today announced nine exciting programs have received funding of $131,150 in Round 2 of the Live Darwin Arts program.

Changes to Board of Territory Generation

Treasurer Nicole Manison today announced changes to the Board of Territory Generation.



A vibrant CBD - public art comes to the Darwin Waterfront

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation has engaged local artist Polly Johnstone to create a vibrant new public art installation.

Pathways to public housing – Stronger and Fairer Communities

The Territory dream is now a reality for more Territorians who are being given the opportunity to purchase their own home.


Emergency medical specialists from the Darwin-based National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre have been sent to Bangladesh as members of the Australian Medical Assistance Team to address an outbreak of disease in camps accommodating Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar.

Putting Families first – NTG secures funding for SIDS & Kids

The Territory Labor Government is supporting high quality bereavement services with $300K for Sids and Kids NT.

Investing in the bush and creating jobs on country

Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, Lauren Moss today announced the recipients of the first round of the Aboriginal Ranger Grants Program, delivering another election promise.



$280K Grants to Fight Youth Substance Abuse

The Territory Labor Government is building safer communities with $280K in youth diversion and substance abuse projects. The Member for Brennan Tony Sievers said Territorians want and deserve to live in safe and vibrant communities and investing in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Grants (AOD Grants) helps to achieve that.

MEDIA ALERT: $280K for Youth Diversion and Substance Misues Programs

MEDIA ALERT: $280K for youth diversion and substance misuse programs

Safe and Vibrant Communities: EOI Called for NT Liquor Commission

The Territory Labor Government is delivering safe and vibrant communities with Expressions of Interest released for members of the Territory’s new Liquor Commission. The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Natasha Fyles said this was a key recommendation from the Alcohol Policy and Legislation Review (Riley Review) delivered by former Chief Justice Trevor Riley.

A Passion for Creating Agricultural Jobs

The agricultural sector was worth $736 million to the Territory economy in 2015-16. The Territory Labor Government is working to expand the industry and create jobs by supporting and developing new agricultural ventures in the NT, and its latest success story is passionfruit.

IMPROVING HEALTH SERVICES: $3 Million to support Territorians living with mental illness

The Territory Labor Government has announced not-for-profit provider Anglicare will administer a $3 million housing initiative to support Territorians with ongoing mental illness. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said Territorians deserve safe, vibrant and inclusive communities and the Housing Accommodation Support Initiative (NT HASI grant) helps to deliver that.

Business Events Attraction, China Flights part of Government’s 2018 Tourism Support Plan

The Territory Labor Government will launch a new Business Events Support Fund in 2018, which will allow the NT to more aggressively compete for lucrative business events that deliver significant benefits to the economy, Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss announced today.


1430 Northern Territory Year 12 students have received their Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) the highest number of students in the history of the NTCET.

A Delicious Choice to Support Territory Jobs

Buying local means supporting Territory jobs and industry, and there is no better time to buy local seafood than now, with Christmas and the New Year just around the corner.

Boosting Female Sports Participation: New Committee Announced

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss today congratulated the successful applicants for the Women in Sport Advisory Committee.

Federal Government Fails the Territory Again

Northern Territory Treasurer Nicole Manison today called on the Australian Government to deliver on its promise to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage and invest urgently needed funds for remote housing.

On Your Marks… Arafura Games Off To A Great Start

The first two countries to say they will attend the Arafura Games are Vietnam and Indonesia.

Green Light on Production - Screen Territory 2017-18 Round 1 & 2 Grants

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss congratulated today the 2017 Screen Territory funding recipients from two funding rounds throughout the year.

Delivering Safer Communities – Palmerston Police Station construction tender released

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to build safe communities and create jobs, with the release of a construction tender for the new $26 million Palmerston Police Station.

Greening Barneson Boulevard – consultation results released

The iconic, third entry into Darwin’s CBD got one step closer – and a few shades greener – today, with the release of the landscaping and public art consultation results for the $39.5 million project.

Connecting Kaltukatjara with mobile phone and fixed broadband service

Residents of Kaltukatjara will now be able to access mobile phone and fixed broadband services after being connected to the national telecommunications network last month.

Caps Off to 25 New NT Medical Graduates

The Territory Labor Government is delivering high quality health care with 25 Students graduating from the NT Medical program.

Summer in Alice: Tangentyere Day Patrol Returns to Combat Anti-Social Behaviour

The Territory Labor Government today announced a Day Patrol service will re-commence in Alice Springs – after being cut by the chaotic former CLP Government in 2012 - as part of a suite of measures to target anti-social behaviour over the summer period.

Get Ready For Ridesharing in 2018

The Territory Labor Government has delivered on its election commitment to bring ridesharing to the Territory.

Delivering Safe and Vibrant Communities: $2 Million in CBF Grants

The Territory Labor Government is delivering safe and vibrant communities with almost $2 million dollars in grants announced for community organisations across the Territory. The Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said Territorians want and deserve to live in safe and vibrant communities and the CBF grants offer vital one-off support to organisations that provide that.

Homeland Jobs Program – Delivering 142 remote jobs across the Territory

The Territory Labor Government is boosting local economies in homelands by funding employment and training opportunities for local residents.


Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said she was quietly optimistic about direct flights from China into Darwin starting in the first half of 2018.

DELIVERING HIGH QUALTIY HEALTH SERVICES – $72 Million RDH Redevelopment Milestone Completed

The Territory Labor Government is improving health services, reaching a major milestone in the $72 million Royal Darwin Hospital Redevelopment Project. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said the official opening of the new RDH foyer marks the completion of works on public spaces at the busy hospital.

Reducing the Cost of Living through Territory Labor’s Smart Energy Grants

Territorians will be able to access energy-efficient initiatives for their homes through new “Smart Energy” grants that will help lower the cost of living, create work for small businesses and tradies, and help deliver on the Territory Labor Government’s target of 50% renewables by 2030.

International Visitors Key Target For Territory Government

Attracting direct flights from China is among a range of initiatives underway to attract more international visitors to regions across the Territory.

Alice Springs the New Hub for Future Energy with $5 Million Investment

Alice Springs is well on its way to becoming Australia’s hub for best-practice renewables research, development and implementation with the announcement of the Territory Labor Government’s $5 million investment over three years to fund a new energy centre.

Delivering High Quality Cancer Services: Next Step in PET Scanner Project

The Territory Labor Government is delivering high quality cancer services with the PET Scanner Project meeting another key milestone. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said the PET Scanner Project includes the development of the PET Scanner facility itself, but also the development of an associated cyclotron facility and an expansion of cancer treatment at the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre (AWCCC).

The race that introduced Darwin to the World – the Great Air Race (London to Darwin 1919)

Sunday, 10 December celebrates the 98th Anniversary of the Great Air Race, the first successful aviation journey from London to Darwin; just 16 years after the first powered plane took flight. The journey took 28 days to complete.