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Member for Sanderson Kate Worden to attend Australian Labor International Delegation to India

I will be travelling overseas with other state representatives on an Australian Labor International delegation to India from Monday 26 June until Saturday 1 July.

Attorney-General to Open CLANT Conference in Bali

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Natasha Fyles will travel to Bali this morning (Sunday) to attend the Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory (CLANT) Conference. Minister Fyles said she was honoured to be delivering the opening address on this particularly significant 16th biennial event – marking 30 years since the first CLANT Bali conference.

NT Government pursues direct Chinese international air route

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss will be travelling to China between Monday 26 June to Wednesday 28 June 2017.

Additional Needs Teacher Scholarships – NT Labor Government Key Election Commitment

A key part of the Territory Labor Government’s $8 million annual investment in early intervention has been delivered with 20 Territory teachers receiving scholarships to support students needs.

Improving Health Services –Tender Announced for Ground-Breaking CCSRP

The Territory Labor Government has taken an important step towards improving health services with the signing of a tender agreement for the Core Clinical Systems Renewal Program (CCSRP). The $259 million CCSRP will replace the NT’s four obsolete clinical IT systems with a single ICT solution across the entire public health system. The project will transform the delivery of health care services for Territorians and create local jobs.

Trade and investment opportunities on the agenda for China trip

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles will make his first Ministerial visit to China today to further strengthen the Territory Labor Government’s trade and investment links. The trip is an important step to establish relationships with key Chinese stakeholders in the primary industry and resources sectors and promote trade and investment opportunities between China and the Northern Territory.

$31.55 million investment in Territory Agribusiness and Primary Industry

In a significant forward step for the Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR), Minister Ken Vowles has today announced approved funding for projects totalling $31.55 million at the Berrimah Farm research site. Minister Vowles said the Berrimah Farm site has had no substantial investment in buildings and other infrastructure for nearly 20 years.

Budget 2017 delivering for the Territory

Treasurer Nicole Manison has today secured the passage of the 2017 Northern Territory Budget through Parliament.

Alice Springs on the road to renewable energy

Member for Braitling Dale Wakefield has today heralded a new era of transition to renewable energy for the Northern Territory, with the announcement of a new 5MW energy storage system for Alice Springs.

Helping People Get Back on Their Feet – Funding to Support Homeless

An innovative homelessness program will be launched in Darwin today to support people to get back on their feet, move into private rentals and live independently.

ULUṞU to fly high on Qantas Dreamliner

Minister for the Department of Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss has welcomed Qantas’ announcement to name one of their new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft Uluṟu.

First step towards the New Museum of the Northern Territory

The Territory Labor Government’s vision to transform the Old Darwin Hospital site into a major new museum has taken a significant step forward with the release of the design tender today.

Improving Our Health Services – EOI for New Health Committees

Territorians who are passionate about improving Health Services are being urged to apply for positions with two new Health Advisory Committees for Central Australian Health Service (CAHS) and Top End Health Service (TEHS) respectively. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said Expressions of Interest were being sought from people across all sectors of the community.

Final Alice Springs Flood Mitigation Report now online

The Alice Springs Flood Mitigation Advisory Committee was established in February 2016 to develop a strategy for flood mitigation to improve community safety, and reduce the damage, disruption and costs associated with major flood events in Alice Springs.

Creating More Jobs and Improving our Lifestyle: Economic Development Framework

A key component of the NT Government’s Jobs Plan – a Territory Labor election commitment - has been unveiled today with the release of the Economic Development Framework (EDF).

NT Government pursues direct Chinese international air route

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss will be travelling to China next week to meet with a number of airlines to try to secure direct flights from China to Darwin. The Minister will travel to Guangzhou and Shenzhen in Southern China.


One of Australia’s leading schools has reached an agreement to acquire Kormilda College, providing certainty to the school community.

New Chair announced for Power & Water Corporation

Treasurer Nicole Manison has today announced a new Chair for the Power and Water Corporation (PWC).

Territory on track to declare freckle freedom

In fantastic news for the Territory’s banana growers, current restrictions on growing, moving and selling banana plants in the Northern Territory will be lifted from early next month.

New Warren Park rugby league stadium – a win for sport and jobs

The Territory Labor Government will deliver on a key election commitment with concept plans for the new Warren Park rugby league stadium plans released today for community consultation.

Funding secured for the Territory’s iconic Melville Bay boat ramp

Minister for Primary Industries and Resources Ken Vowles has today confirmed a Northern Territory Government funding grant to cover the insurance and maintenance costs for the Melville Bay boat ramp.


400 students from Top End schools took their learning trackside today at Hidden Valley as part of the annual Students on Track program.

Breaking the cycle of crime: New Youth Outreach Centre for Alice Springs

A new Youth Outreach Centre will be established in Alice Springs’ CBD to provide support and services for young people to get them on the right path and break the cycle of crime.

Trauma centre provides medical team to Supercars

The National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) will provide a medical team to support the Supercars event at Hidden Valley this weekend. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said this year marks the 20th year of the Darwin event, that is expected to attract large crowds of locals and tourists over the 3 days of racing.

Pit Stop for People - Encouraging Men to Get Health Checks

The Territory Labor Government is urging Territory Men to get their bodies checked out as often as they would their car – with a dedicated “Pit Stop” for people being offered at today’s Men’s Health Expo in Darwin. The Assistant Minister for Veteran Affairs, Men’s Policy and Sports and Community Events, Tony Sievers said the “Pit Stop” is part of a range of programs being run to promote the National Men’s Health Week (NMHW) event being held in Darwin.


In an exciting first for Maningrida and the Northern Territory, the first shipment of locally-caught fish from the Aboriginal Coastal Licence program has arrived into Darwin for wholesale.

Seafood Industry comes together in national industry body

Minister for Primary Industries and Resources Ken Vowles is in Adelaide today for the launch of Australia’s new peak national body for the seafood industry – Seafood Industry Australia (SIA).

Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to the North

Northern Australia will be given an even stronger voice with agreement from the Commonwealth and leaders of Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia to establish a special Ministerial Forum on Northern Development.

Open and Accountable Labor Government

Please find attached two more documents with answers to written Estimates questions.

Open and Accountable Labor Government

The Gunner Labor Government today released answers to budget written questions more than 10 days ahead of the first sitting of the Estimates Committee for 2017.

Darwin’s first ever Australian Masters Athletics Championships kicks off at Marrara

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss welcomes athletes to the Australian Masters Athletics Championships 2017 in Darwin.

Renewed focus on domestic violence prevention

The Territory Labor Government is investing in a ground-breaking domestic violence prevention program that will be delivered across schools and youth detention centres to build stronger and safer communities.

Consent granted for next stage of Northern Gas Pipeline

Minister for Resources Ken Vowles today announced Jemena has been granted consent to construct the first 344km portion of the Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) project.

“Territory" Eels ready to take on the Cowboys in Darwin

NRL fever has hit Darwin ahead of the Territory Eels v North Queensland Cowboys game on Saturday at Marrara.

Chief to Fight for North Australian Development

The Northern Territory’s pivotal role in the development of Northern Australia will lead the agenda when Chief Minister Michael Gunner meets with the Prime Minister and Western Australian and Queensland Premiers in Hobart tomorrow.

Estimates to be opened up to Territorians

The Territory Labor Government will open up the Budget Estimates Committee hearings to everyday Territorians, businesses and organisations for the first time in the history of Territory Parliament.

Territory sporting officiators given a boost

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to build vibrant communities, and has provided sporting officials from across the Territory with financial support through the Northern Territory Institute of Sport’s Officiating Scholarship Program 2016-17.

Pete Murray and Kingswood to Headline Territory Day 2017

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss today announced that some of Australia’s biggest music acts will be performing at Territory Day celebrations across the Territory on 1 July.

Independent & Opposition members need to front up to Estimates Hearings

The Territory Labor Government says the Independent and Opposition members of Parliament should change their mind and front next week’s estimates hearings.



Open and transparent water use with new online water portal

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on its promise to be open and transparent with the launch of a “one-stop-shop” to water planning and licensing information.

Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal Re-Opens for Business

From better parking to improved ferry transport and a refurbished ferry terminal, Cullen Bay has had a makeover.

Festival Funding – Celebrating Heritage, Culture & Tradition

The Territory Labor Government has announced a Community Benefit Fund Grant for this weekend’s Italian Festival. The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Natasha Fyles said the $60 thousand dollar one-off grant is recognition of the huge work that the Italian Festival Association has put in to getting this event up and running.


The revitalisation of Darwin CBD has taken a significant step forward with an Expression of Interest (EOI) process opening this weekend for arts proposals to enliven our capital city centre.

Investing in Our Children: Forrest Parade School Opens in Palmerston

Children with high-support educational needs in the Palmerston and rural areas will now have access to a special education facility with the official opening of the Forrest Parade School today.

$500,000 Boost to Tourism through Events and Festival Funding

The Territory Labor Government is delivering a tourism and cultural boost to the NT with the opening of $500,000 worth of festival and events grants now available.

Celebrating Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner (ATSIHP) Excellence Awards are open for nominations. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles has urged Territorians to get behind the awards that recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners for their talent, skill and dedication in providing quality primary health care services.

Applications for the Home Improvement Scheme close this Friday

The NT Government’s boosted Home Improvement Scheme (HIS) – brought back as a stimulus measure to create work for tradies and smaller contractors - will close this Friday, 2 June 2017 at 5pm.

Getting Lives Back On Track - Critical Funding to Prevent Homelessness

Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy today announced Homelessness Innovation Grants totalling nearly $2 million have been awarded to three homelessness pilot programs.

Horticulture Prospectus aims to Create Jobs and Grow Central Australian Industry

Minister for Primary Industries and Resources Ken Vowles this week launched the Investing in the Horticulture Growth of Central Australia prospectus to promote and support new opportunities and diversification of crops in Central Australia.