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2014 Media Releases

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April

24 April 2014
Bess Price / Gary Higgins - POLICE AND RANGERS OUT IN FORCE AGAIN THIS LONG WEEKEND
The Giles Government will continue to work hard to keep Territory parks safe for every one this Anzac Day long weekend.

Adam Giles - TERRITORY DAY WITH THE TERRITORY EELS
The Territory colours will be on display at Pirtek Stadium in Parramatta next month as the Eels hold a special Territory Day game on May 17 against the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Adam Giles / Bess Price - WOMEN’S SCHOLARSHIPS INCREASE NT’S SKILLS BASE
Chief Minister Adam Giles and Minister for Women’s Policy Bess Price have congratulated the successful applicants of the Chief Minister’s Scholarships for Women.

23 April 2014
Peter Chandler / Willem van Holthe - RAILWAY PERMANENTLY PROTECTED
A 90 year old section of the North Australian Railway (NAR) including a trestle bridge in Katherine, have been permanently protected under the Heritage Act.

21 April 2014
Lia Finocchiaro / Matt Conlan - AFFORDABLE HOMES READY TO RENT IN PALMERSTON
The Territory Government is helping to ease financial pressures on families with newly constructed affordable rental homes now ready to rent in Palmerston.

Peter Chandler - MINISTER TO SEE BEST PRACTICE IN INDIGENOUS EDUCATION
Minister for Education Peter Chandler will spend three days visiting remote schools on Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula including the renowned Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy established by national Indigenous leader Noel Pearson.

20 April 2014
Matt Conlan - EASTER MONDAY CHOC-FULL OF TOURISTS
The Dawn Princess cruise ship carrying 1950 passengers will dock in Darwin on Easter Monday, providing a boost for the Top End’s tourism industry.

Adam Giles - WHERE TO GET GLIMPSE OF THE ROYAL COUPLE
The countdown is on to the arrival of Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in Central Australia on Tuesday

18 April 2014
Bess Price - HOP INTO THE DESERT PARK FOR SOME EASTER BILBY FUN
Minister for Parks and Wildlife Bess Price said she hoped community members would attend the Save the Bilby family day at the Alice Springs Desert Park this Sunday to raise awareness of the dangers that threaten this native animal.

17 April 2014
Peter Chandler - INAUGURAL HERITAGE PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

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Adam Giles - NEW TERRITORY COMMISSIONER TO INDONESIA AND ASEAN
Chief Minister Adam Giles has appointed former Member for Blain Terry Mills as the Northern Territory Commissioner to Indonesia and ASEAN.

John Elferink - PROPERTY CRIME DOWN
Crime continues to drop across the Northern Territory with the latest crime statistics showing total property offences, house break-ins, theft, and property damage at their lowest levels in 14 years, when the current data set began.

Matt Conlan - RUN-DOWN RUNGE ST SET FOR REVAMP
Local business Reday Joint Venture has been selected to redevelop the aged and run-down public housing site at 1 Runge Street in Coconut Grove.

Peter Styles - TRUCK PARKING BAYS CRUCIAL TO SAFETY IN NT
THREE new truck parking bays along Northern Territory roads will boost safety for truck drivers and tourists.

Robyn Lambley - UPDATE ON THE ROLLOUT OF THE NDIS TRIAL IN THE TERRITORY
Minister for Disability Services Robyn Lambley says the NDIS trial is on track to start in the Northern Territory from July 1.

16 April 2014
John Elferink - BOOT CAMPS ON THE HORIZON FOR AT-RISK YOUTH
At-risk youth in the Northern Territory could soon take part in an early intervention youth Boot Camp following today’s announcement of two successful chosen providers, Alice Springs-based Tangentyere Council and Adelaide-based Operation Flinders.

John Elferink - INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES AT ASCC TO FOCUS ON CORRECTING BEHAVIOUR
New infrastructure at the Alice Springs Correctional Centre (ASCC) will ease accommodation pressures and provide a greater focus on correcting prisoners’ behaviour to reduce the Northern Territory’s high recidivism rate.

John Elferink - MOU TO RESULT IN PRISONERS WORKING AT ALICE SPRINGS WASTE FACILITY
Inmates at the Alice Springs Correctional Centre (ASCC) will shortly begin work at the waste management facility, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the prison and town council.

Peter Styles - STAY SAFE THIS EASTER BREAK
Territorians are urged to take care and be safe on the roads and the waterways this Easter break.

Bess Price / Gary Higgins - STRONG PARTNERSHIP WITH ARMY ON DISPLAY AT WILDLIFE PARK
The strong relationship between the Australian Army and the Territory Wildlife Park was on display today with the unveiling of the new bird release box racking system.

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15 April 2014
Adam Giles / Bess Price - BE SAFE IN OUR PARKS THIS EASTER LONG WEEKEND
The Giles Government is working to make our parks safe for everyone with a blitz by rangers and Police throughout Litchfield this Easter long weekend.

Adam Giles - NEW HEALTH DEPARTMENT CHIEF EXECUTIVE NAMED
The head of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, Dr Len Notaras AM, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the NT Department of Health.

Adam Giles - ROYAL AUDIENCE FOR THE TERRITORY’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST
Nine Territory school students have been invited to meet Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at the Chief Minister’s official reception at Uluru next week.

David Tollner - SYSTEMATIC PROBLEMS FOUND IN POWER AND WATER CORPORATION
Treasurer Dave Tollner said Power and Water Corporation needs to undergo a major cultural change to break free of its unionised work practices and cronyism that became entrenched under the former Labor Government.

Matt Conlan / Peter Styles - TIGERAIR FLIES INTO DARWIN
Tigerair will Do the NT with the introduction of a new daily service between Brisbane and Darwin, providing an extra 130,000 visitor seats every year.

14 April 2014
Gary Higgins / Peter Styles - MANDORAH TO BENEFIT FROM MAJOR WORKS
Work has begun on rectification works at the Mandorah Jetty; while the million dollar carpark works will begin April 22.

John Elferink - NEGOTIATIONS WELCOME ON TEACHER EBA OFFER
Minister for Public Employment John Elferink has welcomed the new Executive of the Australian Education Union (AEU) and extended the invitation to continue discussions about the current Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA).

Bess Price / Matt Conlan - NEW MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Alice Springs could soon become a mecca for mountain bikers around the globe, with the opening of a new world-class trail network at the Telegraph Station.

Peter Styles - REVIEW DRIVEN BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
A review of the Darwin bus network is well underway to explore options to improve Darwin’s public transport network.

13 April 2014
Adam Giles - STARTING A CONVERSATION ABOUT NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
The Giles Government is stepping up its push for Northern Australia development with the launch of a new campaign aimed at engaging Territorians in a conversation about the future.

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11 April 2014
Matt Conlan - LUXURY CRUISE SHIP MAKES MAIDEN VOYAGE TO DARWIN
Luxury expedition cruise ship, the Silver Discoverer will make its maiden voyage to Darwin tomorrow.

John Elferink - ALCOHOL AND DRUG FUELLED VIOLENCE ON STAG AGENDA
Tackling alcohol and drug fuelled violence will be top of the agenda at today’s meeting with State and Territory Attorneys-General (STAG) in Melbourne.

Adam Giles - BASSINTHEGRASS TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY
Tickets go on sale this Monday for BASSINTHEGRASS 2014 with a huge line-up of local, national and international acts lining up at the Gardens Amphitheatre on May 24.

Bess Price / John Elferink - DESERVING TERRITORIAN ANNOUNCED MOTHER OF THE YEAR
A mother who dedicated her life to caring for more than 100 children has won the Northern Territory’s 2014 Barnardos Mother of the Year.

Matt Conlan - EXCITING FUTURE FOR ALICE SPRINGS DRAG RACING
The fastest and most exciting drag racers from Australia and around the world could soon be headed to the Centre after the completion of major upgrades to the Alice Springs Inland Dragway.

Bess Price - NEW ATTRACTION AT THE DARWIN BOTANIC GARDENS
Visitors exploring the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens can now enjoy a fresh drink and quick snack with the opening of a new Café amongst the Garden’s wilderness.

Robyn Lambley - NEW ORGAN DONATION TARGET SET AT NATIONAL HEALTH MEETING
Minister for Health Robyn Lambley and her interstate colleagues have set new organ donation targets, during a national Health Ministers meeting in Brisbane today.

Robyn Lambley - PALMERSTON HOSPITAL AND HEALTH REFORM AT NATIONAL MEETING
Minister for Health Robyn Lambley has updated the Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton on the progress to build the Palmerston Regional Hospital, at a national meeting of State and Territory Health Ministers today.

David Tollner - TERRITORY JOBS MARKETED INTERSTATE
The Territory Government is using interstate job expos aimed at skilled workers to promote hard-to-fill job vacancies on behalf of local businesses.

10 April 2014
Adam Giles / Matt Conlan - $5 MILLION BOOST FOR SPORT VOUCHER SCHEME
A typical Territory family with two children will be $400 a year better off thanks to a $5 million expansion of the Country Liberals’ successful Sport Voucher scheme.

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Matt Conlan - ALICE CUP CARNIVAL SET TO BE A WINNER
Over $1 million in prize money will be up for grabs in the 2014 XXXX Gold Alice Springs Turf Club Cup Carnival, which was officially launched tonight by Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing Matt Conlan.

Bess Price - CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF HERITAGE NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH STATION
Central Australians will have the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of yesteryear at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Heritage Night this Friday.

John Elferink - CRIMINAL PROPERTY FORFEITURE HIGH COURT DECISION
The Northern Territory Government remains committed to ensuring that criminals do not benefit from proceeds of crime, following a successful High Court of Australia appeal on the validity of the Criminal Property Forfeiture Act, Attorney-General John Elferink said.

Adam Giles / Peter Chandler - CUTTING THE COST OF LIVING FOR TERRITORY PARENTS
The Country Liberals Government is cutting the cost of living for Territory parents by increasing the childcare subsidy and making Family Day Care eligible for the first time.

David Tollner - FULLTIME EMPLOYMENT CONTINUES UPWARD GROWTH-UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS 8th CONSECUTIVE MONTH
The Northern Territory remains Australia’s jobs powerhouse with fulltime employment continuing to rise and unemployment the second lowest in the nation, falling for the eighth consecutive month.

Matt Conlan - NEW ART SPACE UNVEILED AT THE RESIDENCY
A new art exhibition space is among the new additions to The Residency heritage-listed building in Alice Springs, following extensive renovations by the Territory Government.

Matt Conlan - NEW HOUSING VILLAGE OFF TO FLYING START
Minister for Central Australia Matt Conlan has today officially opened a new $6 million Staff Housing Village at the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in Alice Springs.

9 April 2014
Bess Price / Peter Styles - HIGHWAY UPGRADES FOR SAFER TRAVEL
Construction works on the Buntine Highway will begin tomorrow with a $2.5 million upgrade of four bridges along the heavily used route.

David Tollner - INDIGENOUS BUSINESS TENDER SUPPORT PROGRAM OPENS UP NEW OPPORTUNITIES
The Northern Territory Government is piloting a new program aimed at assisting Indigenous owned or operated business to strengthen their ability to compete for government tenders.

Peter Chandler - LOOKING AFTER OLDER TERRITORIANS
The Country Liberals Government is planning for the needs of older Territorians by identifying two potential sites in Palmerston for an aged care facility and a multi-million dollar road upgrade.

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8 April 2014
Peter Chandler - 2014 LEADERS’ CONFERENCE
Educators from across the Territory will gather in Darwin this week for a major education conference that will focus on exploring school improvement and school autonomy.

John Elferink - A NIGHT WITHOUT BARS AT THE NEW DARWIN CORRECTIONAL PRECINCT
Members of Palmerston’s business community will this evening receive a twilight tour of the soon to be completed Darwin Correctional Precinct (DCP).

Peter Chandler - BARRETT ALREADY DELIVERING FOR BLAIN
Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment Peter Chandler attended a community meeting in Woodroffe last night by invitation of the Country Liberals candidate for Blain, Nathan Barrett and former Local Member Terry Mills.

Bess Price - GET DIRTY THIS DRY EXPLORING THE TERRITORY
Frogs, frill necks and fantails are just some of the creepy critters Junior Rangers can expect to find during this year’s program.

Peter Chandler / Willem van Holthe - IMPROVED NT BUILD, A WIN FOR EVERYONE
The Country Liberals Government is overhauling the NT Build Scheme to expand eligibility for workers while reducing the financial impost on the construction industry.

Adam Giles / Matt Conlan - INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COMING TO PALMERSTON
The Country Liberals Government is bringing international cricket to Palmerston for the first time later this year with an investment of more than $150,000 to transform Northline Oval into a first-class cricket ground.

Adam Giles / Willem van Holthe - SHELL SUPPLY BASE TAKES SHAPE
The Giles Government is working with Shell to maximise the Territory’s share of an estimated $200 million in support contracts for the company’s Prelude project each year.

David Tollner - STOP PEDDLING MISCHIEF DELIA
Deputy Chief Minister David Tollner has called on the Labor Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie to stop peddling mischief about the promised $80 ex gratia payment for last month’s power blackout.

7 April 2014
Adam Giles / Willem van Holthe - NORTHERN AUSTRALIA ENERGY HUB ON APPEA AGENDA
The Giles Government will use the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest oil and gas conference to make its case for the development of Northern Australia as an international energy hub.

Matt Conlan - NT TOURISM TO ATTEND AUSTRALIA WEEK IN CHINA
A delegation from Tourism NT will head to China tonight to participate in ‘Australia Week’ from 8-12 April to boost business and holiday tourism to the Northern Territory.

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Matt Conlan - TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR HISTORIC AFL CLASH
Tickets are now on sale for next month’s historic AFL clash between Melbourne and Port Adelaide at TIO Traeger Park in Alice Springs.

6 April 2014
Adam Giles / Willem van Holthe - LIVE EXPORTS GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
The Northern Territory is poised for another big year in the live export trade with increased Indonesian import permits pushing record numbers of cattle through East Arm Wharf.

Peter Chandler - SECURING PALMERSTON’S EDUCATION FUTURE
Two new government schools have been earmarked for Palmerston as part of the Country Liberals Government’s plan to secure the education future for the Territory's fastest growing region.

5 April 2014
Peter Styles - BRIDGE OVER CHARLOTTE RIVER
Work is expected to begin in July on the construction of a new bridge across the Charlotte River, on route to Dundee Beach.

Robyn Lambley - REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR NT’S FIRST SUICIDE PREVENTION CONFERENCE
Minister for Health Robyn Lambley is encouraging Territorians to take part in the NT’s first Suicide Prevention and Wellbeing Conference.

Peter Styles - YOUNG ACHIEVERS RECOGNISED
Nine young Territorians have been honoured at tonight’s prestigious Young Achievers Awards for their positive contribution to the community.

4 April 2014
Matt Conlan - PUBLIC OPEN DAY AT NT ARCHIVES CENTRE
History buffs will have the chance to go behind the scenes and see some of the Territory’s most treasured archives tomorrow.

Peter Styles - WORK TO BEGIN ON CHANNEL ISLAND ROAD UPGRADE
Works will begin on Monday along sections of Channel Island Road to rehabilitate the road shoulder to prevent water damage and increase safety.

3 April 2014
David Tollner - LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO GET AN EXTRA $5M IN FUNDING
The Country Liberals Government will provide local government in the Territory with an extra $5 million in annual funding.

Matt Conlan - NEW FOOTBALL CENTRE TAKING SHAPE
Students from remote Territory communities will be able to start using the new Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre from early next year.

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Gary Higgins - ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE HITS THE RIGHT CHORD
Six Indigenous musicians including Reggae Dave have been brought together by Artback NT to produce a number of songs promoting road safety and driver education.

David Tollner - TERRITORY RETAIL TRADE GROWS FOR TENTH STRAIGHT MONTH
Trend retail trade turnover in the Territory has increased for the tenth straight month.

2 April 2014
Bess Price - BESS PRICE WORKING HARD FOR ALL TERRITORIANS
Member for Stuart, Bess Price, said she wants to reassure Territorians that she is continuing to work hard for everyone through her various portfolios and as a local member.

David Tollner - HOUSING APPROVALS FEEL TRADITIONAL WET SEASON LULL
Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today indicate the traditional Wet Season slowdown in the residential construction industry has impacted on unit approvals in February.

Peter Styles - MVR ONLINE USAGE SKYROCKETS
Territorians are taking advantage of the new MVR online services and smartphone app, with online transactions tripling in the past 12 months.

Adam Giles - SOCCER SEASON KICKS OFF WITH NEW PATRON
Chief Minister Adam Giles has been named as the new patron of football in the Northern Territory at today’s launch of the 2014 NorZone Premier League season.

1 April 2014
Bess Price / John Elferink - EDUCATION AND AWARENESS KEY DURING SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH
Education and awareness will be the key focus during this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which begins today.

Peter Chandler - LAND RELEASE THREE YEARS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
The final stage of Urbex’s Johnston Ridge in Palmerston has been released to market for sale, signifying the completion of this phase of the development a staggering three years ahead of schedule.

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