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Petroleum exploration block released

Minister for Mines and Energy, Willem Westra van Holthe, has released a new block of land for petroleum exploration.

Tiger Brennan Drive officially opened

THE SWITCHING on of traffic lights between Dinah Beach and Woolner Roads today marked completion of the first section of works on Tiger Brennan Drive in Darwin.

Funding for Territory arts projects

The Northern Territory Government has provided $165,000 in funding to support 14 upcoming arts projects by Territorians.

Alice contractor wins $8m Police Station tender

An Alice Springs construction company has been chosen to build Arlparra’s brand new multi-million dollar Police Station.

Teaching in the Territory Awards 2014

The Country Liberals Government continues to support quality educators through the 2014 Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards with nominations opening this week.

Stabilising asbestos at the Darwin Botanic Gardens

A new structure funded by the Territory Government has been completed at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens which aims to stabilise asbestos in the area.

Government Minister wins women’s leadership award

Northern Territory Government Minister Bess Price has been recognised for her leadership on women’s issues with a prestigious national award.

First remote breast screening service hits the road in the NT

A new service to help women tackle cancer rates in remote areas has begun in the Northern Territory.

The Centre wins with Sport Vouchers boost

Central Australian families will receive a boost to the family budget this week with the first instalment of the Government’s expanded Sport Vouchers scheme rolled out to students.

$24 million for Stuart Highway rail overpass in Alice Springs

Minister for Infrastructure Peter Styles and the Member for Araluen Robyn Lambley have welcomed the $24 million Federal Government investment to build a rail overpass on the Stuart Highway in Alice Springs.

Major power infrastructure upgrade set to begin

Power and Water Corporation (PWC) is set to begin a major equipment upgrade of three 132kV circuit breakers at the Hudson Creek Switchyard.

New tourism internship program

Minister for Tourism Matt Conlan today announced that Group Training Northern Territory (GTNT) will manage a new tourism internship program aimed at rejuvenating the tourism industry.

More accommodation to support mental health care

Minister for Health Robyn Lambley has today opened a new mental health accommodation facility to support Territorians and their families.

Service for victims of MH17 crash

Territorians will have an opportunity to mourn the victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash at a Commemorative Mass in Darwin's St Mary’s Cathedral at 7pm this Wednesday night.

Sports Voucher boost for Territory families

The family budget will receive a bonus this week with the first instalment of the Giles Government’s expanded Sports Vouchers Scheme now being rolled out to Territory students.

New fisheries vessel gets launched

Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries, Willem Westra van Holthe, has today launched a new 11.9 metre fisheries vessel, the Mallarrra.

Darwin Port Corporation workers sign new EBA

Darwin Port Corporation (DPC) workers are the latest Northern Territory Government employees to sign onto a fair and reasonable wage agreement.

NT economy leads the country in key areas: CommSec

The CommSec State of the States report released today has found the Northern Territory leads the way on economic growth, business investment, unemployment and construction work.

A sad time for the Territory

My thoughts and sympathy, together with all Territorians, go out to the family, friends and colleagues who have been touched by the Malaysia Airlines tragedy.

Supporting Indigenous development

The Giles Government is investing in Indigenous projects that drive development in the Bush with a new $25,000 grant for tourism upgrades in the Roper Region.

Planning for growth in Northern Australia

The Northern Territory remains the key focus in the development of Northern Australia with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) being signed between Defence Housing Australia (DHA) and the Northern Territory Government covering the future release of land in the Lee Point area.

Malaysia Airlines Disaster

The World is taking in the news of the terrible disaster that has taken place with the tragic grounding of a Malaysia Airlines plane in the Ukraine overnight.

International cricket back in the Top End

International cricket is back in the Top End with the Australia A One Day International Series to get underway in Darwin and Palmerston this weekend.

Neem declared a weed

Minister for Land Resource Management, Willem Westra van Holthe, has today declared neem as a Class B and C weed.

Less alcohol-related violence and fewer assaults across NT

Assaults Territory-wide have continued to fall with the latest crime statistics revealing 449 fewer offences over the first five months of the year.

Preserving traditional languages in remote communities

The Territory Government is supporting the preservation of traditional languages in remote communities by funding transport services for workers in the Ngukurr community.

Kenny should stop wasting the Auditor General’s time

Ken Vowles should stop wasting the Auditor General’s time by muck-raking over a first class appointment to a position that is critical to the development of Northern Australia.

Delivering work-ready apprentices for Katherine employers

The Giles Government is collaborating with Katherine businesses to boost the number of work-ready apprentices available to local employers.

Cheaper power for Territorians with the end of Labor’s Carbon Tax

Territorians will pay less for their power with today's axing of Labor's Carbon Tax Treasurer Dave Tollner said.

Improved croc safety at Litchfield National Park

A new crocodile barrier to improve swimmers safety at one of the Top End’s favourite tourist spots has been completed as part of more than $330,000 of works at Litchfield National Park.

New teachers for a new semester

It’s not only students who are going back-to-school next week - 43 new teachers destined for schools right across the Territory will undergo a three day mid-year orientation before starting work in the Territory.

Discover the Central Australian ranges

The local community and visitors are invited to learn more about the natural values of the Central Australian ranges through a special informative talk at Ormiston Gorge.

Grant to help save Darwin’s iconic boab

The Country Liberals Government has awarded the City of Darwin $10,000 through the 2014 Heritage Grants Program to assist in the preservation of the Old Boab Tree in the GPO car park on Cavanagh Street.

ABC trials local Indigenous language news bulletins

Please find attached a joint press release.

New hotel for Palmerston

Development approval has been given to construct a $50 million hotel that will form Stage One of the Maluka Views development right in the heart of the Palmerston CBD.

Locals win big as INPEX reaches halfway mark

More than 200 Territory-based companies have secured subcontract work on the Ichthys LNG Project as construction reaches the halfway point at Bladin Point.

Transit Systems welcomed to the Top End

Minister for Transport, Peter Styles, has today welcomed Transit Systems to Darwin as they start as the operator of the Darwin Bus Service.

New BMX track ready for racing

MEMBERS of the Jingili BMX Club are ready to race on their new $1.89 million all-weather international standard track.

Territory to target American tourists

Minister for Tourism Matt Conlan will travel to America today for a series of meetings and events with key American trade partners and airlines over the coming week.

Prisoner Work Camp opens the doors

The people of the Barkly region will have a bonus this show weekend with the low security prisoner Barkly Work Camp throwing open its gates for a public Open Day tomorrow.

Supporting community organisations in the Barkly

Arts and community organisations in the Barkly are sharing in more than $40,000 in community and Regional Economic Development grants from the Giles Government.

More affordable units to rent in Tennant Creek

Seven new apartments will be soon be available to rent in Tennant Creek under the Territory Government’s Real Housing for Growth head-lease initiative, which provides subsidised rental properties for key service workers.

Nominations open for 2014 Brolgas

Minister for Tourism Matt Conlan is calling for nominations to find the Northern Territory’s most outstanding individuals in tourism.

Record entries for NT Training Awards

Thirty seven of the Northern Territory’s top apprentices, trainees, vocational students, trainers, employers and registered training organisations have been named as finalists in the NT Training Awards.

Jam-packed school holiday fun in the Centre

The Alice Springs Show might be over for another year, but there is still plenty of fun and action to be had for young people in Alice Springs over the rest of the school holidays.

Connecting Northern Australia

Chief Minister Adam Giles and Telstra CEO David Thodey have met in Darwin to discuss how the company can play a strategic role in the development of Northern Australia.

Driving down alcohol abuse in the Barkly

Alcohol-related Emergency Department presentations have hit a five year low in Tennant Creek under the Giles Government’s tough new alcohol policies.

It’s our day so have your say

Territorians have just three weeks left to have their say on how we can expand celebrations for Territory Day, including the possibility of a public ho

Boost to a unique Territory industry

The Northern Territory economy will receive a boost of up to $20 million after a multi-million dollar expansion of Darwin Crocodile Farm in Bee’s Creek is completed.

Business event planners stampede to the Centre

Twenty business event planners and trade media from around Australia will descend on Alice Springs this week as part of the ongoing strategy to boost the number of business events to the Territory.