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Explorers Way Adventure on the Agenda for UK/Europe Tourism Roadshow

Ten local tourism operators will be showcasing what the Territory has to offer to holidaymakers from the United Kingdom and Europe as part of the inaugural Explorers Way New Experiences Roadshow.

Sharing Darwin’s Delicious Culinary Culture with the World

Darwin’s exotic culinary delights will be beamed to the world with an exciting series set to be filmed in the Top End.

Creating Jobs: More Tennant Creek Legacy Mine Safety Works Complete

The Territory Labor Government is developing Tennant Creek as the mining services hub of the NT and creating jobs for Territorians through safety works at several legacy mines in the region. The works are also improving safety for visitors.

Creating Jobs and Boosting Tourism: Gunn Point Road Upgraded

The Territory Government’s $38 million Gunn Point Road upgrade project will be officially open to the public from next week, providing increased access and opportunity for the area’s tourism and commercial interests.

Fighting for Territory Jobs – Chief Minister to meet with major banks and Federal Opposition

Chief Minister Michael Gunner will travel to Melbourne and Canberra tonight to hold talks with the Federal Opposition and with the ANZ Bank – the first in a series of meetings with Australia’s major banks.

Creating Safer Communities: Katherine to Receive a New Child & Family Centre

Every Territory child deserves the best start in life and the Territory Labor Government is investing to meet the needs of our youngest Territorians now and into the future. The Chief Minister today announced that Katherine will be the second location, after Tennant Creek, to receive a new Child and Family Centre.


A spectacular new Wet Season exhibition by world-renowned artist Bruce Munro is set to light up the Darwin CBD and bring thousands of extra visitors during the traditionally quieter tourist period.

The Territory’s First-Ever Treaty Commissioner Appointed

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has today announced Katherine-born Yawuru man and former Australian of the Year Professor Mick Dodson as the Territory’s first-ever Treaty Commissioner.

Territory Arts Trio selected for Venice Biennale 2019

Three Territory arts workers will join an impressive team of Australian emerging arts professionals, exhibition team leaders and volunteers as part of the Australia Council for the Arts Venice Biennale Professional Development Program. The program provides a platform for curators, arts writers and arts professionals to develop skills and gain vocational experience.

Top Line Up for 2019 People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS

Along with its new location at Mindil Beach, the 2019 People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS music festival will be bigger and better than ever with a stellar line up confirmed for Saturday 18 May.

Territory Tribute - Last Post Ceremonies to Honour Territorians

A series of intimate and moving ceremonies honouring Territorians who lost their lives during or as a result of active service have been announced as part of Territory Tribute.

Regulatory certainty for our offshore gas industry

Today the Territory Parliament passed a Bill that provides industry with the clarity it needs to operate and grow in the Northern Territory.

Bringing Back the Arafura Games: One New Sport and Two New Ambassadors

The Arafura Games has welcomed a new sport to the program and two new Ambassadors to the team, with squash now part of the competition and Territorian sports stars Timmy Duggan and Crystal Attenborough signing up to help promote the Games.

Strengthening and Contemporising the Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Act

The Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Act is set to be amended for the first time in nearly a decade, to strengthen the legislation and continue to make the safety of school children a top priority.

Creating Safer Communities and Investing in Generational Change: Release of Domestic, Family, and Sexual Violence First Action Plan

The Territory Labor Government is putting victims first and making significant investments in key areas that will create safer communities and generational change. Over the next three years, $22 million will be invested in domestic violence prevention, perpetrator intervention programs, and safety and recovery services for victims.

Healthy Communities: NT Tobacco Control Act Passed

The Territory Labor Government is improving health legislation with amendments to the NT Tobacco Control Act passed in Parliament today.

Protecting the Environment means Protecting Jobs - Water Amendment Bill 2019

The Territory Government is better protecting our precious water resources by today introducing the Water Amendment Bill 2019.

New Chief Executive Appointed to Key Business Role

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has today confirmed Mr Shaun Drabsch as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation (DTBI), following a national recruitment process.

Boosting Health Services: Aboriginal Health Practitioner Scholarships Now Open

The Territory Labor Government is boosting health services with applications now open for Aboriginal Health Practitioner Scholarships.

Big Names Revealed in Territory Tribute’s Overture To Peace Program

Territorians are being urged to reserve their seat for Overture to Peace, a commemorative concert on the eve of Anzac Day as part of the inaugural Territory Tribute military festival.

Creating jobs, Supporting Construction: New Mandorah Marine Facilities

The Territory Government has announced design details for the construction of new marine facilities at Mandorah, a project that will create jobs and support the construction industry.

Jam-Packed Week for Parramatta Eels Training Camp

Excitement levels are at an all-time high in the Red Centre, with the Parramatta Eels set to visit Alice Springs for a Community Camp from 12-15 February.

Parliament 2019: Creating Jobs, Safer Communities and Boosting Health Services

The Territory Labor Government will focus the first sittings of Parliament for 2019 on creating jobs, safer communities and boosting health services.

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2019 Set to Shine Bright

The Red Centre is set to light up in April for this year’s Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, bringing thousands of visitors to town and providing a boost to the economy during a traditionally quieter period.

Safer Communities: Putting Victims First

The Territory Labor Government is putting victims first, with public information sessions for the Victims of Crime Discussion Paper starting today.

Creating Jobs and Boosting Tourism: Grants to Support Territory Events and Festivals

The Territory Labor Government is continuing to invest in festivals and events across the Territory, recognising their importance to liveability, tourism, and local jobs.

NTIS High Performance Officiating Program Recipients Announced

The Territory Government is investing in coaches and officials through education and support at all levels of experience through a suite of programs in 2019.

Creating Local Jobs, Building Our Population: New Territory Home Owner Bonus Announced

The Territory Labor Government has announced a new home ownership package which will make the NT’s home ownership incentives the most generous and broadest in Australia.

Councils encouraged to apply for special purpose grants

When our remote communities and regions are strong the Territory is strong.

Safer Communities: More PALIs to fight alcohol-fuelled crime

The Territory Labor Government is creating safer communities by employing 75 Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors (PALIs) to stop problem drinkers getting access to alcohol.

Creating Safer Communities: Galiwin’ku Women’s Safe Place Reaches Milestone Agreement

The Territory Labor Government is creating safer communities by putting victims first and investing in key areas that will create generational change. This includes a new $300,000 funding agreement (annual) for the Galiwin’ku Women’s Safe Place, a community-led initiative by Yolngu women at the Galiwin’ku Women’s Space Inc. The Yolngu women are passionate about finding solutions to family and domestic violence in their community.

Supporting Jobs in the NT’s Agriculture Sector at AGMIN

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby, is today travelling to Adelaide to attend the Agriculture Ministers’ Forum (AGMIN).

$125.6M in Job-Creating Projects Fast Tracked to Support Territory Businesses

The Territory Labor Government’s number one priority is creating jobs.

Statement on Status of the Opposition

The Government is completely focused on creating local jobs, cutting crime and delivering generational change.

Building Better Schools: Creating Jobs and Delivering an Election Commitment

A key Territory Labor election commitment, supported more than 800 local construction jobs in the past two years while delivering infrastructure projects in NT schools.

Nitmiluk Visitor Centre Facelift Begins This Month

Works have begun as part of stage one of the redesign and refurbishment of the interior and exterior of the 20 year old Nitmiluk Visitor Centre at Nitmiluk National Park, a major hub for visitors starting their journey through the park.

Jobs in the Pipeline: Commissioning Go Ahead for the Tanami Gas Pipeline

Construction of the Tanami Gas Pipeline is complete, and Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby, has granted pipeline owner AGI Tanami conditional consent to commission and operate the infrastructure.

Cooler City: Cavenagh Street Stage 2 works begin

The Territory Labor Government is revitalising the Darwin CBD through cooling and greening initiatives that reduce the impact of heat– making our CBD a more enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

Turbocharged Territory Arts Trail Campaign to Boost Tourism

The Northern Territory is being billed as ‘The world’s biggest art gallery’ in the Government’s latest bid to attract more tourists.

Supporting our Job-Creating Resources Sector: Top Line-Up for Premier Event

The program for the Territory’s premier exploration event has been released, and this year’s Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES) includes nine companies presenting on their successful exploration programs in the Territory.

Turbocharged Military Heritage Campaign Launched

Military buffs will be lured to the Territory for the inaugural Territory Tribute event series, with a targeted marketing campaign set to roll out as part of the Territory Labor Government’s record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package.

East Arnhem Remote Communities Receive Sporting Infrastructure Upgrades

The Territory Labor Government is creating jobs for locals by investing $10 million over the next two years delivering on its election promise to upgrade sporting infrastructure, including ovals, in remote communities throughout the NT.

Turbocharged Botanic Gardens Visitor and Events Centre Construction Contract Awarded

The contract to design and construct the brand new George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens visitor and event centre has been awarded to local company Sunbuild and will create more than 45 construction jobs.

Boosting Health Services: Free Dental Care For Territory Kids

The Territory Labor Government is delivering high-quality health services with free public dental care available for all children up to 18 years old in the Northern Territory.

Turbocharged Live Alice Mparntwe Arts Program - Round 4 Grants Awarded

Alice Springs CBD is set to continue to come alive with stage a series of great arts events including unusual light installations, choir workshops, free craft activities, classical music performances, live painting and storytelling activities through the NT Government’s Live Alice Mparntwe Arts Program Round 4.

Territory Labor Government New Ministry Announced

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has today announced the new Northern Territory Government Ministry.

Tourist Scores a Ripper Catch On Australia Day

The sixth prize fish of Season 4 of the Million Dollar Fish competition was landed at the Daly River Mango Farm by Queensland tourist Mark Iseppi on Australia Day netting him a cool $10,000 in the process.

Boosting Health Services – Review Of The Mental Health Strategic Plan

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on a significant election promise with consultation starting today to review the NT Mental Health Strategic Plan and align it with the fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

Traeger Park surface deemed unsuitable for BBL match

It’s very disappointing for local fans and players that due to the poor condition of the oval at Traegar Park, Cricket Australia have advised that the Big Bash League game in Alice Springs on February 9th can’t go ahead.


Chief Minister Michael Gunner today announced Member for Port Darwin, Paul Kirby, has been appointed to the Territory Labor Government’s Cabinet.