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First Territory NAIF Project Complete

The Territory’s first North Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) project is now complete, with Humpty Doo Barramundi’s new salt water Barramundi grow out ponds now operational.

Protecting the Environment: Draft Northern Territory Offsets Policy Released

The Territory Labor Government has released its draft Northern Territory Offsets Policy for public comment.

A new declaration for the next decade of education

Australia’s education system has been given a fresh set of guiding principles with a new education declaration endorsed by all education ministers in Alice Springs today.

Driving Visitation: Tickets On Sale for Red CentreNATS 2020

Tickets are now on sale to one of Australia’s premier automotive events, Red CentreNATS returning to Alice Springs from 4 to 6 September 2020.

Release of the December & January School Holiday Program

The Territory Labor Government has invested in over 695 activities for children, young people and families throughout the Territory in the upcoming school holiday (13 December – 26 January).

Early Christmas Present for Fishos: Artificial Reef Coordinates Announced

The Territory Labor Government is rolling out its $50 million election promise to boost recreational fishing, attract people to the NT and create local jobs, with the largest single investment into recreational fishing - the $8.3 million Artificial Reef project - almost complete.

Territorian appointed Deputy Chief Judge of the Local Court

Judge Tanya Fong Lim has been appointed as the Deputy Chief Judge of the Northern Territory Local Court.

Creating Jobs and Revitalising our CBD: Bringing Students into Darwin City

Darwin CBD revitalisation is one step closer with Chief Minister Michael Gunner today welcoming the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility’s (NAIF) conditional loan of $150 million to Charles Darwin University.

Supporting Participation: TIO Stadium Oval Two Facility Upgrades Complete

In great news for women’s sport in the NT, TIO Stadium now has four new change rooms at Oval Two as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $3 million investment in facilities at the stadium.

Helping Cut Crime and Stopping Reoffending: Aboriginal Elders & Mentors Program Launch in Youth Detention Centres

The new Aboriginal Elders and Mentors Program has launched today in the Territory’s youth detention centres.

Turbocharging Litchfield National Park: Tender Awarded for New Campsite Design

Local contractors, Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec has been awarded the contract for the design of new campgrounds and recreation areas in Litchfield National Park, as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $17.5 million Litchfield Central Valley project.

Investing in Culture: Arts Trail Regional Stimulus Grants Awarded

The Territory Labor Government continues to invest in our regions, boosting economic growth across the Territory’s art, cultural and tourism sectors and creating jobs in regional areas.

Ship Lift a Win for the Territory a Win for the Nation

The Territory Labor Government will build the largest ship lift in Northern Australia.

Great Air Race Centenary: Michael Smith Recreates History in Darwin

Darwin celebrates its significant place in aviation history today in welcoming internationally recognised adventurer, Michael Smith to Darwin International Airport as he concludes his Great Air Race commemorative flight from London to Darwin.

Decisive Action to Secure Reliable and Affordable Power

Following the system-wide power outage that occurred in Alice Springs on 13 October the Government acted swiftly to engage the Utilities Commission to conduct a comprehensive and independent investigation. Today, the findings of this investigation and the Government’s response have been released.

International Student Numbers Increase by 25% in One Year

International students are increasingly choosing the Northern Territory, with the latest enrolment figures showing a 25 per cent jump in just one year.

$82 Million Boost to Local Economy through Territory Labor Government’s New Scheme

The Territory Labor Government knows that increasing private sector investment creates strong economic growth and the more local jobs.

Investing in Sport: New Lights at Ngukurr Oval

The Ngukurr community can now enjoy night-time footy and sports with new lights as part of a $2.35 million investment into sporting infrastructure in the Roper Gulf.

Chief Minister Outlines Territory’s Bright Economic Future at State of the Territory

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has addressed the Property Council’s annual State of the Territory, to give an update on the Territory Labor Governments ongoing economic plan.

$100 million Public Housing Stimulus: Creating jobs and Better Housing for Territorians

More than $36 million has been injected into the NT economy through the Territory Labor Government’s $100 million Public Housing Stimulus Program.

Disability Advisory Committee Appointed on International Day of Recognition

The NT Labor Government has announced the Territory’s first Disability Advisory Committee.

Cutting Youth Crime: Palmerston Youth Drop-In Centre Location

The Territory Government has partnered with the City of Palmerston to establish a youth drop-in centre for young people in Palmerston. The Palmerston Youth Drop-In Centre is an initiative under the Palmerston Youth Action Plan and the Territory Government’s Breaking the Cycle of Crime in Palmerston plan.

Arafura Games 2021: First Sports Confirmed

The first sports have been confirmed for the 2021 Arafura Games.

Final Meeting for the 2019 NT Youth Round Table

The 2019 NT Youth Round Table will have their final meeting today where they will present and deliver their final projects and recommendations direct to Government for consideration.

Attracting Visitation: Carnival Splendor Makes Maiden Voyage to Darwin

Over 3,000 cruise passengers will converge on Darwin tomorrow as the Carnival Splendor makes its inaugural visit to the Top End.

Darwin Bags Record Mango Haul

Darwin is on track to produce the largest haul of mangoes ever recorded; harvesting over three million trays this season.

Connecting the Territory: Remote Internet Use Taking Off

Remote Territorians have embraced increased access to online services with a nearly 2000 per cent increase in free Wi-Fi usage in 46 remote communities as part of the Territory Labor Government’s Community Internet Service initiative.

Chief Lawmakers Meet

A range of issues affecting the Territory have been discussed at today’s Council of Attorneys-General Meeting in Adelaide.

Territory students to attempt Great Air Race Centenary World Record

Students at seven Darwin schools will today attempt an aviation-themed world record, as part of celebrations marking the centenary of the 1919 Great Air Race from London to Darwin.

NT Parliament passes Local Government Bill

The Northern Territory Parliament has passed the Local Government Bill, providing greater clarity, detail and accountability for local government councils.

Cutting Youth Crime: 44 Youths in Back on Track Program

Every Territorian deserves to feel and be safe. Today there are 44 young people participating in Back on Track, the Territory’s new program to cut youth crime.

Labor Government’s BuildBonus: More Territorians owning their own home. More Territorians Benefitting from Local Jobs.

The Territory Labor Government’s BuildBonus Scheme is driving a rebound in the residential construction market with 200 approved grants delivered to Territorians.

Safer Communities: Tough New Firearm Laws set to be passed in Parliament

Police are set to receive strengthened powers to fight firearm violence and crime with the Firearm Amendment Bill 2019 being debated – and set to the passed - in Parliament today.

Northern Territory's First Industrial Manslaughter laws passed in Parliament

The Northern Territory Legislative Assembly has passed the Territory’s first industrial manslaughter laws, creating a new offence to protect the safety of workers.

Another Milestone Reached - $400 million Darwin Ship Lift Appears In 2019-20 Mid-Year Report

Treasurer Nicole Manison has tabled the 2019-20 Mid-Year report which shows that creating local jobs – including through the Darwin Ship Lift project - continues to remain the government’s main priority.

Protecting Our Environment: Have Your Say on the Darwin Harbour Strategy 2019-2024

To support and manage the long-term sustainability of Darwin Harbour, the Territory Labor Government has released the draft Darwin Harbour Strategy 2019-2024 for comment on the ‘Have Your Say’ website.

Historic Legislation Passed: Northern Territory Sex Industry Bill 2019

The Northern Territory Parliament has tonight passed the Sex Industry Bill 2019, creating a decriminalised model for workers and ensuring workplace health and safety protections.

2020 People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival: Early Bird Tickets on Sale

If you’re looking for that perfect Christmas stocking filler, Early Bird General Admission tickets to next year’s People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival are now on sale until Christmas Eve.

The Very Hungry Yolngu Caterpillar: Kids Books Translated to Aboriginal Languages

More than 5000 children’s picture books translated into Aboriginal languages will be distributed to Families as First Teachers (FaFT) sites across the Territory to support early years bilingual literacy.

Boosting Health Services: Stage 1 of Nightcliff Renal Unit Complete

The Territory Labor Government is improving access to quality health services with stage one of Nightcliff Renal Unit complete.

Investing in the Bush: The Future of Jabiru

The future of Jabiru is important to the Territory Labor Government – this why an investment of $135.5 million over four years is being made into the town.

Transport and Infrastructure Council Meeting in Melbourne

Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler today attended the 12th meeting of the Transport and Infrastructure Council in Melbourne, which brings together Commonwealth, State, Territory, New Zealand Ministers and the Australian Local Government Association.

Territorian Wins Apprentice of the Year Award

Territorian, Rory Milner, has been crowned Apprentice of the Year at the Australian Training Awards 2019 held in Brisbane last night.

Festival Set to Spice up CBD

The Darwin International Laksa Festival culminates this Sunday with the finale set to spice up the CBD with a jam-packed schedule from 3:00pm at the Chung Wah Society.

COAG Energy Council Meeting & Establishment of Office of Sustainable Energy

The Minister for Renewables, Energy and Essential Services, Dale Wakefield will represent the Territory today at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council meeting in Perth.

Creating Safer Communities: Aboriginal Carers Growing Up Aboriginal Children Grants – Round 2 Recipients

Six Aboriginal organisations in the Territory have been granted a total of $2.2M through the Aboriginal Carers Growing Up Aboriginal Children Grants Round 2, to continue the efforts to recruit more Aboriginal kinship and foster carers.

Turbocharging Tourism: The Territory a Key Destination for International Business Events

More than 2000 people will bring around $5.5 million into the Territory through visitor expenditure over the next two years as the NT emerges as a key destination for international business events.

Significant Milestone Reached for Sun Cable

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has welcomed news that two prominent private investment firms are backing Sun Cable’s vision for the Northern Territory.

NT Youth Business Awards winners announced

Darwin High School is the overall winner of the 2019 NT Youth Business Awards, announced at Parliament House in Darwin this afternoon.

Investing in our Schools. Investing in our Future: Rooftop Solar Program continues roll out

The Territory Labor Government’s $5 million Rooftop Solar in Schools election commitment is continuing to roll out.