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Safer Communities and Creating Jobs: Demolition Tender Award for John Stokes

The Territory Labor Government has awarded the $1 million contract to local business NTEX (NT Excavations and Demolitions), to demolish and clear the site to begin redeveloping John Stokes Square.

Territorians urged to protect themselves against the flu

Territorians are being urged to protect themselves against the flu (influenza) this season with vaccinations available through your GP, community clinic or pharmacy.

Listening to the Bush: Gapuwiyak Community Cabinet Marks National Reconciliation Week

The Territory Labor Government’s Community Cabinet will move to East Arnhem this week, with Aboriginal Affairs policy at the forefront of discussion as Australia marks National Reconciliation Week.

Public comment invited on Draft Local Government Bill

The Territory Labor Government’s Draft Local Government Bill is now open for public comment.

Protecting Our Environment, Creating Jobs: No-Go Zones Released

The Territory Labor Government will keep almost half of the Territory free from hydraulic fracturing exploration or production activities as part of its commitment to protect our natural environment and create jobs.

2019 Recipients of Territory Families Scholarships for Women

Ten hard-working Territory women are this year’s recipients of scholarships that enable women to undertake further education and training to enhance their employment opportunities and improve their economic security.

Investing in art brings Jobs and Builds Better Communities

The latest round of Community Benefits Fund (CBF) grants sees one of the nation’s best displays of Indigenous art - and a huge drawcard to Darwin, luring visitors and creating jobs - given $240,000 over three years.

Safer Communities – New Katherine Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services Complex Opens

The Territory Labor Government is creating safer communities by ensuring our frontline emergency responders have the best resources possible.

Creating Jobs: Tanami Gas Pipeline Opens

The Tanami Gas Pipeline has officially been opened by Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby, as part of Newmont Mining’s $346 million Tanami Power Project.

Councils to benefit from grants round

Plant and equipment, building improvements, fencing, construction works and IT upgrades are amongst infrastructure and services that will be funded by the latest round of the Territory Labor Government’s Local Government Special Purpose Grants.

Demand Study for Alcohol Treatment Services in the NT

The Government has released the independent assessment of the need for alcohol treatment across the Northern Territory.

Turbocharging Tourism: Bruce Munro - Tropical Light: First Unveiling

The Territory Labor Government has unveiled the first image of one of the illuminated sculptures that will form part of a new exhibition by world-renowned artist Bruce Munro.

Creating Jobs by Building Brighter Futures: $7.4 million Ludmilla School Upgrade Opens

Ludmilla Primary School students are enjoying revitalised classrooms and a brand new play space thanks to the Territory Labor Government’s $7.4 million upgrade of one of Darwin’s oldest schools.

Increasing access to Renal Facilities across the Northern Territory

Works are continuing on the new $10.5 million Nightcliff Renal Unit facility with stage one underway.

Creating Jobs: Exploration Grants Awarded

The Northern Territory Government is continuing to drive economic development and create jobs with the granting of the latest round of Geophysics and Drilling Collaborations grants.

Turbocharged Litchfield National Park – Stage 1 Roadworks Tender Released

Visitors and locals will soon be able to enjoy new swimming holes, campgrounds and picnic areas at Litchfield National Park, with the tender for the first stage of the Litchfield Central Valley upgrades released.


The Territory Labor Government has passed legislation that ensures a fairer Motor Accident Compensation (MAC) Scheme for local seniors.

Recreational Fishing Boost: Artificial Reefs to be installed later this year

Work has begun on the construction of four artificial reefs which will further enhance the Territory’s vibrant recreational fishing industry.

Territory Investment Potential on Show

The Territory’s plan to be a world-class hub for gas production, manufacturing and services will be outlined in a series of sessions aimed at the oil and gas industry and investors on the East Coast.

Investing in our Community – More Funding For Freds Pass Rural Show

The Territory Labor Government has awarded $170,000 over 3 years to the Freds Pass Rural Show - supporting an important community focused event in the Territory.

New Home for Local Rugby League Open to the Community

Territorians will get their first look at the newly completed $25.3 million Territory Rugby League Stadium at Marrara on Sunday 19 May.

Budget 2019: Creating Generational Change and Transforming the Territory’s Out of Home Care System

The Territory Labor Government is transforming the Territory’s out of home care system to give vulnerable children and young people the best chance for a bright future.

Action to make Communities Safer as Liquor Bill is introduced

The Territory Government is building safer communities with the introduction of the Liquor Bill 2019.

Community Health in community hands

Local Decision Making has been put into the hands of a community controlled health board in Jabiru.

Recreational Fishing Grants To Enhance Industry

Applications will open tomorrow for the $1 million NT Recreational Fishing Grants Scheme, which is designed to create new recreational fishing opportunities across the Territory.

2019 Red CentreNATS Program the Best Yet

Red CentreNATS, Australia’s ultimate festival of wheels, is shifting into top gear for its 2019 instalment with a jam-packed program released to the public today.

NAPLAN 2019: Territory Students Begin Migration to Online Testing

NAPLAN testing will be undertaken online for the first time in select Northern Territory schools this year, as the Territory joins the national transition from paper to digital testing.

Parliament Week Two: Liquor Reform Introduced

Parliament continues in the Northern Territory this week, with the introduction of the Liquor Bill 2019.

Creating Jobs: Flightpath Road Supporting New Local Development

A $6.2 million contract to construct a new road called 'Flightpath Road' was recently awarded to local contractor Allan King & Sons Construction Pty Ltd.

Turbocharged Territory Mountain Biking Making Its Mark

Two world-class mountain bikers have taken on the trails around Alice Springs and Darwin, showcasing them to a global audience of thousands of committed mountain bikers through

Darwin Becomes the Home Port for the Coral Adventurer

In a significant win for the Top End’s tourism industry, the Coral Expeditions’ expedition ship Coral Adventurer arrived in Darwin Harbour today, where it will be home porting year round before visiting destinations such as Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Singapore.


A Darwin aged care nurse has been named the 2019 Territory Nurse/Midwife of the Year.

Restrictive Practices Safeguards Addressed by National Disability Insurance Scheme (Authorisations) Act

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (Authorisations) Act 2019 has passed through Parliament in readiness for the full operation of the NDIS in the Northern Territory from 1 July 2019.

Strengthened Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Act Passes Parliament

A strengthened Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Act has passed through Parliament today, the first update to the legislation in nearly a decade.

Have your say about legislation for altruistic surrogacy

The Territory Labor Government is calling for interested Territorians to have their say about altruistic surrogacy.

NRL Star Visits New Home of Local Rugby League at Warren Park

Parramatta Eel Nathan Brown received a sneak peek tour of the new $25 million local Home of Rugby League at Warren Park with Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss today.

Creating Jobs: Playground Precinct at Myilly Point for Top End Families

A tender to design and construct a Playground Precinct and landscaping at Myilly Point has been released. These works will acknowledge the history and cultural significance of this site to the Stolen Generation of the Kahlin Compound.

CLP cuts will hurt the Territory – Higgins must come clean

The CLP’s budget reply today highlighted the clear choice Territorians will have at the next NT election.


The Territory Labor Government today delivered Budget 2019 which Puts Territorians First by investing in creating local jobs, delivering a safer Territory and driving generational change.

BUDGET 19: Putting Territorians First by Investing in Skills Training

Budget 2019 will prepare Territorians for the jobs of tomorrow through a new skills training and infrastructure package: Territory Workforce 4.0.

BUDGET 2019 PREVIEW: Putting Territorians First

Treasurer Nicole Manison will deliver the third Budget of the Territory Labor Government tomorrow, that will Put Territorians First. It will do this by investing in:

Budget 2019: Significant Project Champions

Attracting private sector investment to the Territory will be made easier with the introduction of a dedicated team to collaborate with significant project proponents.

Bringing Back the Arafura Games in 2021

The Arafura Games will be back.

Local Jobs Fund Boosts Business Capability

The message that the Territory is open for business will be further cemented with applications for the multi-million dollar Local Jobs Fund opening today.

Bringing Back the Arafura Games: Drawing to a Close

The intense but inclusive rivalry of the 2019 Arafura Games is coming to an end.

Judge Elizabeth Morris appointed Chief Judge of the Local Court

Judge Elizabeth Morris has been appointed as the next Chief Judge of the Northern Territory Local Court.

Budget 19: Investing in a Safer Territory – More Police and more resources

Budget 19 continues to invest in safer Territory by putting more police on the beat and giving them the resources they need to tackle crime.

Investing in Telecommunications in the Bush

The Territory Labor Government, in collaboration with Telstra, is continuing to roll out mobile and broadband services in the bush.

Creating Jobs: Land Management and Conservation Fund Creating Jobs On Country

The Territory Labor Government is supporting jobs on country with more than $1.3 million in grants provided under the second round of the Land Management and Conservation Fund. This program aims to boost the capacity and capability of Aboriginal ranger groups to undertake conservation and land management activities and will create real jobs in some of the most remote areas of the Northern Territory.

Local Artists to Join International Music Acts at BASSINTHEGRASS

Darwin-based band Tapestry and musician Kyle Maher have been announced as the two local artists to perform at the 2019 People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS music festival at Mindil Beach in just over two weeks’ time.