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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.

Creating job and business opportunities in Vietnam and Indonesia

The Territory Labor Government’s focus on creating jobs and business opportunities continues with Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles travelling to Vietnam tomorrow.

Safer Communities: Specialist Senior YOREOs to Help Stop Reoffending

Nine Senior Youth Outreach and Re-engagement Officers (YOREOs) with new and expanded responsibilities have graduated from training today and will join the Youth Outreach and Re-engagement Teams (YORET), as part of the Territory Labor Government’s overhaul of the broken youth justice system.

Servicing Homelands and Town Camps in the Barkly Region

Thirty-seven homelands and town camps in the Barkly will be better off with the Territory Labor Government supporting long-term service delivery with new five-year agreements to deliver essential and housing maintenance services.

Delivering High Quality Services: St John's Ambulance Review Handed to Government

The Territory Labor Government is delivering high quality health services with an independent review into St John Ambulance completed. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles commissioned the Review of Road Ambulance Services in the Northern Territory earlier this year to ensure Territorians have the best possible service into the future.

Minister to continue fight for direct airline services from China

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss will lead a Territory delegation to Singapore and China to discuss airline services including direct flights from China to the NT.

Catching Success: Humpty Doo Barramundi Celebrates Further Expansion

Territory success story Humpty Doo Barramundi (HDB) is celebrating the commissioning of a new set of ponds to complete its expansion, after demand for its saltwater barra has continued to climb.

Action Plan to Support Tourism Growth in Ntaria

The Territory Labor Government will invest $600,000 in the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct as part of a Five Point Visitor Experience Action Plan to maximise tourism opportunities in the region.

Building Better Schools through the holiday break

A further five Building Better Schools projects will be completed over the Christmas break giving students and teachers a nice present to return to in Term 1, 2018.


Leader of Government Business Natasha Fyles said the Territory Labor Government will remain focused on providing stable, professional Government that delivers on its promises and puts Territorians first.

Tender called to deliver new Barneson Boulevard in Darwin CBD

The tender for the construction of the $39.5 million Barneson Boulevard – a project that will create jobs, help revitalise Darwin’s CBD and encourage private investment – was released today.

Safer Communities: Supporting Katherine Youth Programs & Activities

The Territory Labor Government is supporting Katherine-based youth service providers to deliver safe and positive activities for youths during the school holidays.

Putting Children first – Funding for student need

The Northern Territory Government has released the independent review of the global school budget model conducted by Ernst & Young, announcing that it has accepted all 20 recommendations.

Safer Communities: 10 Year Framework to Reduce Domestic, Family, and Sexual Violence Released

On any given day in the Northern Territory, there are 61 incidents relating to domestic and family violence. The number of victims per 100,000 is approximately three times higher than any jurisdiction in Australia.

Delivering High Quality Health Services: Recruitment and Building progresses at the Palmerston Regional Hospital

The Territory Labor Government is delivering high quality health services – meeting major milestones for recruitment and site development. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said the facility not only improves access to health services for Territorians living in Palmerston and the rural area – but also boosts local jobs.

Job-Creating Election Commitment Nears Completion

A fast-tracked election commitment is one step further to completion – and creating more local jobs - with the $190,000 contract being awarded for the fitout of the Berrimah Export Yards.

Have Your Say on New Draft Screen Territory Grant Guidelines

The Territory Labor Government is seeking public and industry comment on the new Draft Screen Territory Grant Guidelines.

On the road to renewable energy

The Territory Labor Government today delivered another election commitment by providing $1.5 million over three years to Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) for renewable energy research and development projects.

Celebrating Excellence in Health

The Assistant Minister for Suicide Prevention, Mental Health and Disabilities, Ngaree Ah Kit has congratulated the finalists and winners of the 2017 Northern Territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner Excellence Awards. Ms Ah Kit said that Territorians deserve high quality services and it is important to recognise and celebrate success stories in this field and to inspire others.

Inaugural Digital Excellence Award Winners Announced

The Northern Territory is home to many examples of Digital Excellence, and tonight some of those were showcased at the inaugural NT Awards for Digital Excellence.

Darwin to host the 20th Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, National Housing Conference

Darwin has been named as the host city for the 20th Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), National Housing Conference.

Regional Museums Grant Support Program recipients announced

Five organisations from across the Territory will receive a combined $130,000 to deliver on projects to help preserve and celebrate the Territory’s rich history.

Investing in tourism infrastructure to create jobs in Tennant Creek

Investing in tourism infrastructure to create jobs in Tennant Creek

Safer Communities: Innovative Programs & Activities for Palmerston Youths

Young people in Palmerston will soon have a range of expanded and new after-hours activities to enjoy, as part of the Territory Labor Government’s commitment to investing in young people and building safer and stronger communities.

Day Patrol Begins Today: Action Plan to Combat Anti-social Itinerant Behaviour

The recommencement of Day Patrol in Darwin begins today – one part of the Territory Labor Government’s comprehensive suite of measures to address anti-social itinerant behaviour and homelessness.

Megafauna Display Centre Fit-out Awarded to Local Company

Local Alice Springs construction company Scope Building has been awarded the $1.5 million contract to fit-out of the exhibition space for the creation of the Megafauna Display Centre in the Todd Street Mall that will showcase Central Australia’s unique fossil heritage.

Improving Health Services – New Meningococcal Vaccine Rolled Out

The Territory Labor Government is improving health services with the roll out of the ACWY Meningococcal vaccine for 12 month old babies from Dec 1. The Health Minister, Natasha Fyles, said Territorians want and deserve high quality health services and that’s why the Territory government was providing the meningococcal ACWY vaccine free as part of the routine NT childhood schedule.

Funding Security for the Much Loved Darwin Toy Library

The Territory Labor Government is giving long-term security to small community-based groups who offer important support services to children and parents.


The CLP arrogance in not attending Estimates has extended into Day 3 in what committee deputy chairperson, Selena Uibo MLA Member for Arnhem, said is a clear breach of their promise to hold the Government to account.

Premier Industry Event to Boost Our Resources Sector and Create Jobs

The most up-to-date geoscience information detailing the Territory’s resource prospectivity will be shared at the Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES) in Alice Springs next year, with registrations for the event opening tomorrow.


It's day 2 of Estimates and while the Independents are showing up to scrutinize Government, the CLP Opposition are still refusing to take part.

Northern Territory Library Shares our Treasured History

A tender to build and install a new Northern Territory Library exhibition was released yesterday.

Fighting for the Territory’s future – Productivity Commission hearing in Darwin.

The Territory Labor Government believes Northern Australia is the key to the country’s economic prosperity.

BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival tickets on sale

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss today announced tickets will go on sale tomorrow for the 2018 People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival.

NT Environment Protection Authority Welcomes New Board Members

Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Lauren Moss today announced the appointment of members to the NT EPA Board.

Space Base Launches into Next Critical Step

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today welcomed the announcement that Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) and Gumatj Corporation have secured land in North East Arnhem Land to establish Australia’s first commercial space centre.


The arrogance of the CLP continues in opposition with its two members refusing to take part in the 30 hours of estimates hearings over the next three days (starting today).

Roadmap to Renewables Report Released: Major Election Commitment Delivered

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today released the Government’s Roadmap to Renewables report – a Territory Labor election commitment - marking a big step towards delivering on Labor’s target of 50% renewable energy by 2030.

Keeping Territorians Safe: Territory Intelligence and Coordination Centre Opens

A first-of-its-kind centralised intelligence and coordination centre, opened today by Chief Minister Michael Gunner and Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw, will help prevent crime and anti-social behaviour across the Territory, and keep Territorians safer.

Thanking our Top End Volunteer Bushfire Brigades

Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Lauren Moss, today congratulated Top End volunteer bushfire brigades who spent many days during the past Dry Season saving lives, property and the environment.

Restoring Trust – Fair and Transparent Water Use

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today released the independent review of the former CLP Government’s water licences, fulfilling an important Territory Labor election promise.

A Good Catch: Celebrating Local Fishing Heroes and Unlocking the Industry’s Potential

Recreational fishing is an important contributor to the Territory economy and lifestyle – a 2010 government survey valued the sector at $80 million a year. To fully understand its current value and unlock its potential, the Territory Labor Government has commissioned a new recreational fishing survey as part of its $50 million investment in recreational fishing.

Population Plan: New recruitment campaign begins

Boosting the Territory’s population is a key driver for economic growth, and a new national and international recruitment campaign – which will be launched soon – aims to do that, NT Treasurer Nicole Manison said today.

Territory Taxi review to benefit local jobs, industry and community

The Territory Labor Government is determined to restoring trust to Government and ensuring the delivery of a high standard of necessary services to Territorians.

Parramatta Eels Red Centre Training Camp

Christmas will come early for NRL fans in Alice Springs, with the opportunity to meet and train with the Parramatta Eels during a training camp in December.