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Arnhem Land arts centre celebrates 25th anniversary

An arts centre in West Arnhem Land that started out as a Duke of Edinburgh Awards project, will today celebrate its 25th anniversary since opening its doors in 1989.

Forging relationships with our Chinese friends

Minister for Education Peter Chandler will visit the Chinese province of Anhui and the city Shanghai with 10 Territory principals and heads of various education representative organisations.

Nitmiluk Plan of Management finalised

The Northern Territory Government, in partnership with the Jawoyn people, have finalised the Plan of Management for Nitmiluk National Park.

New reserve declared in Central Australia

The Northern Territory Government has declared another jewel in its parks and reserves estate.

Step up for career education for Top End students

Up to 50 Year 10 students from Casuarina Senior College and Palmerston Senior College have had the opportunity to speak with female mentors from the Northern Territory Public Service this morning.

Special World Teachers’ Day for top CDU grads

The Country Liberals Government is continuing its commitment to building and maintaining a quality education system by growing a local workforce with quality teachers.

Construction starts on Port Keats Road upgrade

The Australian and Northern Territory Governments are getting on with building world class infrastructure to improve flood immunity on the Moyle Floodplain, with construction works to start on the Port Keats Road upgrade this Monday (27 October).

2014 Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award winner announced

Please find attached a release from Speaker Kezia Purick.

Trading ideas on arts and culture

Leaders in arts, culture, education and business will gather in Darwin today for a new major international knowledge sharing and cultural event.

Paintball win for young Territorians

The Territory Assembly has passed amendments reducing the minimum age for participation in paintball from 18 years down to 14.

Legislation passed to ban smoking in cars with children

Landmark legislation to ban smoking in cars carrying children under 16 has today passed in the Northern Territory Parliament.

John Hardy named as new Administrator

John Hardy AOM has been appointed as the Northern Territory’s 21st Administrator by the Governor General, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).

Prelude to the future of LNG

The Territory’s position as a gas industry maintenance hub for Northern Australia was further cemented today with the opening of Shell’s $29 million Prelude Darwin Onshore Supply Base

MAGNT attracts significant donation for Papunya exhibition

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) has received its first significant philanthropic donation since becoming an independent statutory authority on 1 July this year.

Changes to Alcohol Mandatory Treatment

Minister for Health Robyn Lambley will today update Parliament on enhancements to the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment program and announce amendments to the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Act.

Let’s go fishing down the Mary River

Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries, Willem Westra van Holthe, has announced that from tomorrow the Mary River will be open for year-round barramundi fishing.

Demons to take on Port and Eagles in the Territory in 2015

Darwin and Alice Springs AFL fans will once again have the opportunity to watch a premiership game at home next year, following the release of the 2015 AFL draw today.

New Transit Officers on Duty

Two new Transit Safety Officers have commenced work on Darwin’s public transport network to further improve safety and security for passengers, drivers and the general public.

Tackling Labor’s multi-billion dollar red tape legacy

Labor’s disgraceful red tape legacy has been laid bare in a new report by Deloitte which shows the burden on local business exploded between 2006 and 2011.

Securing employment for Indigenous Territorians

Employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal people will be maximised under a new Northern Territory Government policy announced in Parliament today.

New ICT Advisory Council to grow local industry

The Territory Government is establishing a new Information, Communications and Technology Advisory Council to give expert advice on ways to develop the local industry.

Legislative Assembly Sitting dates for 2015

Please find attached a release from Speaker Kezia Purick.

Expressions of Interest open for Remote Home Ownership Program

Expressions of interest have now opened for remote public housing tenants to sign up to the Territory Government’s new remote home ownership scheme.

Road upgrade on the way to ease Katherine’s load

IT’S full steam ahead for the Katherine Heavy Vehicle project, with construction of Stage One now underway

Bus driver overpayments

Employment conditions for staff who transferred from the former Darwin Bus Service to new provider Territory Transit have not changed.

Finances on the road to recovery

The Treasurer’s Annual Financial Report shows the Giles Government is successfully nursing the Territory’s finances back to health.

Rolling success in our parks

The Giles Government understands the Territory lifestyle and the importance of being able to embrace and enjoy our great outdoors.

$30 million Government initiative to develop regional road networks

A new program of works announced in this year’s Budget will see a $30 million dollar investment in roads that have strategic economic importance for the development of the North.

Standing by our industry

Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries, Willem Westra van Holthe, has today spoken in the Northern Territory Parliament and given his full support to the Brett Cattle Company’s class action against the Commonwealth Government.

Tahnee all set for international swimming swansong

Champion Darwin swimmer, Tahnee Afuhaamango, will head to Mexico tomorrow to compete in her fourth and final Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation World Championships.

Nurses and midwives sign up to fair and reasonable enterprise bargaining offer

Northern Territory nurses and midwives are the latest public sector group to sign up to a fair and reasonable enterprise bargaining offer.

Territory carers’ dedication and support recognised at awards ceremony

The hard work and dedication of carers was recognised at the Life Without Barriers National Carer Awards, Northern Territory section, held in Darwin today.

Guard rails providing safety for motorists

The Northern Territory Government is continuing to look after Territorians and ensure safety on our roads is paramount, with the construction of guard rails on the Arnhem Highway underway.

Red CentreNATS rev into Alice in 2015

Rev heads from around the country will descend on Alice Springs next September for a new national motorsports event called Red CentreNATS.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners Excellence Awards

The Northern Territory’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners have been celebrated tonight at the annual Excellence Awards at Parliament House.

Two in a row for tidy Titjikala

Chief Minister Adam Giles has joined Minister for Community Services Bess Price in congratulating the winners of the Territory Tidy Towns Awards.

Fenton Flats go under the hammer

The public housing block known as Fenton Flats will be redeveloped after the site was bought at public auction last night by local developers, Tomazos Property Pty Ltd.

Log on to cut red tape

The Giles Government is calling on Territorians to log onto a new website and submit their ideas about ways to further reduce the red tape burden on businesses and the community.

NT Fashion Week showcases Territory business

October Business Month hits the runway for NT Fashion Week next week with some of the Territory’s most creative business people showcasing their work.

Supporting Territory women for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Northern Territory Government Ministers have helped to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month at a special breakfast with more than 300 women in Darwin today.

New NT Telehealth partnership with Telstra

The Northern Territory is working with Telstra to expand and strengthen the Telehealth service to connect more Territorians with specialist doctors and clinicians.

Cruising into bumper new season

Darwin’s cruise ship season has officially kicked off today with the arrival of the Sun Princess at Fort Hill Wharf this morning.

Frogs on Friday

Minister for Parks and Wildlife, Bess Price, is encouraging Central Australian nature lovers to hop on over to Simpsons Gap during November.

Northern Territory continues tough approach to criminal property forfeiture

Attorney-General John Elferink announced he would continue to drive some of the toughest property forfeiture laws in the country.

Virgin Australia brings new competition to Alice-Darwin route

The Territory Government is thrilled to confirm that Virgin Australia will fly between Darwin and Alice Springs three times a week from March next year.

Final report into the Ranger leach tank incident

The Australian Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane, and Northern Territory Minister for Mines and Energy, Willem Westra van Holthe, have released the findings of the final independent expert report into the leach tank failure at Ranger uranium mine.

Special Investigator to examine political donations

The Territory Government is moving to set up a wide-ranging investigation into political donation processes and legislation.

Income protection for sub contractors

The Northern Territory Government has decided to trial Project Bank Accounts (PBAs) to give subcontractors better financial protection.

Introducing the Territory’s first Independent Public Schools

Five Top End and one Central Australian school have been selected to be the Northern Territory’s first Independent Public Schools.

New names reflect Aboriginal cultural connection to parks

The Minister for Parks and Wildlife Bess Price has announced the official name change of three popular Central Australian parks.