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National champ to compete in Mitchell Street Mile

The inaugural Mitchell Street Mile has secured its first high calibre athlete with Australian women’s Cross Country champion, Bridey Delaney, to compete in the 1.6km race on Sunday 21 September.

Overwhelming support to get Indigenous health Back on Track

Minister for Health Robyn Lambley has today announced the Back On Track taskforce that will lead an action plan to increase the number of Aboriginal Health Practitioners in the Northern Territory.

NT Government to discuss medical marijuana

Minister for Health Robyn Lambley has announced that the Northern Territory Government will discuss the idea of legalising medical marijuana in the NT.

Real Housing for Growth on target

The Northern Territory Government is on track to deliver 2000 new affordable homes across the Territory by 2017.

Local prisoners to produce holding yards for Top End abattoir

Prisoners from the Darwin and Alice Springs correctional centres are making and installing holding yards for the Australian Agricultural Company’s (AACO) new Livingstone Valley Abattoir.

Expert Panel on Literacy and Numeracy

The Country Liberals Government is continuing to deliver on election commitments with the release of the report and recommendations from the expert panel into literacy and numeracy.

Recognition for excellence in policing

An Alice Springs family violence project has won national recognition at the Australasian Council of Women and Policing, Excellence in Policing Awards.

Borella family joins historic ride

The grandson of the Territory’s only Victoria Cross recipient will help re-enact the war hero’s historic journey to enlist, as part of next year’s ANZAC Centenary commemorations.

New legislation to guide correctional services into the future

New legislation has passed through the Northern Territory Parliament which will provide an improved and modern foundation for correctional services’ approaches and objectives.

Travel agents take flight to the Top End

Three hundred Flight Centre travel agents have wound up a fact-finding mission to the Top End that will help promote the Northern Territory as a must-do holiday destination.

Adelaide United score goals in Darwin

Dozens of Darwin school children scored a treat today with a special visit by some of the stars of soccer’s A-League.

Legislation introduced to ban smoking in cars with children

The Country Liberals Government has today introduced landmark legislation in Parliament to ban smoking in cars carrying children under 16.

Hilltop Hoods set to rock Alice Springs

The Giles Government is thrilled to announce Australian Hip Hop kings Hilltop Hoods will be performing a special one-off show in Alice Springs in October.

Gateway to a new era in Palmerston

The Country Liberals Government’s record land release program is being supported by the development of a $300 million shopping centre on Roystonea Avenue in Palmerston.

Strong appetite for home ownership in remote communities

Public Housing tenants in remote Territory communities have expressed strong interest in the Territory Government’s new home ownership drive.

Boost for Top End Rodeo Circuit

The Giles Government is boosting the Top End Rodeo Circuit with $15,000 in grants.

Bright future for Territory LNG

Off the back of a successful NT Resources Week, the Territory’s LNG industry has been boosted by a new gas discovery in the Browse Basin with potential for processing onshore in Darwin.

Statement on David Tollner

From the beginning, I have made my position clear to all my colleagues on the issue of David Tollner’s recent comments.

Berrimah North Area Plan

The Country Liberals Government is continuing to plan for future development by releasing the draft Berrimah North Area Plan for public exhibition.

Minister welcomes junior rangers

Minister for Parks and Wildlife has tonight welcomed the latest bunch of Territory children to join the popular Junior Ranger program.

Improving road safety in the Territory

The Giles Government is putting out a call for tender to projects that will improve the safety of roads in the Northern Territory.

Central appeals Tribunal reduces red tape for Territorians and businesses

The Northern Territory Government is one step closer to establishing a one-stop-shop for civil and administrative appeals, following the passing of legislation in Parliament today.

Celebrating 100 years of Australian Red Cross

The Northern Territory Assembly has recognised the Centenary of the Australian Red Cross with a formal motion honouring the organisation's important work.

Daffodils sent across the Territory to support cancer research

Minister for Health Robyn Lambley is encouraging Territorians to support the Cancer Council NT’s Daffodil Day tomorrow to help in the effort to beat cancer in the community.

Reds unveil special Indigenous jersey for Alice game

An Indigenous designed strip which embodies the spirit of Alice Springs will be worn by Adelaide United this weekend for their matches in the Red Centre.

Darwin Festival winds up with water spectacular

The Darwin Festival will finish on a high this weekend with the internationally acclaimed Vietnamese Water Puppets taking over the Darwin Waterfront for four free shows starting tonight.

Stella Maris goes back to the community

Delia Lawrie and Gerry McCarthy’s dodgy Stella Maris deal will be unwound after a formal expression of interest (EOI) process is completed.

Territory’s first female Auditor-General appointed

Chief Minister Adam Giles has thanked outgoing Auditor-General Frank McGuiness for his service and announced Julie Crisp as his replacement in the post.

New trade agreement: Territory cattle to Cambodia

A new trade agreement on animal health certification requirements has opened the door for Australia to export feeder and slaughter cattle to Cambodia.

Open speed limit trial extended along Stuart Highway

The Giles Government is continuing to deliver on an election promise by extending an evidence-based trial of open speed limits to a new section of the Stuart Highway.

Record number of events for Seniors Month

The Northern Territory Seniors Community has been treated to more than 100 events specifically catered for Seniors Month celebrations.

Gearing up for the rollout of electronic monitoring of offenders

The first round of Corrections staff are this week being trained up in the use of electronic monitoring technology ahead of its rollout next month.

Increased jail time for dangerous police pursuits

A Northern Territory Coroner’s recommendation to increase the maximum jail time for anybody who forces police into a pursuit has been implemented after it passed through Parliament today.

Better compo for firefighters

The Giles Government today announced that it would introduce legislation to simplify access to workers compensation for the Territory’s career firefighters.

Oil and gas opportunity in the spotlight

Movers and shakers from the international oil and gas industry have descended on Darwin for this year’s South East Asia Australia Offshore & Onshore Conference (SEAAOC).

Heritage in photographs

Winners of the inaugural Heritage Photographic Competition will have their work on public display at the Northern Territory Library after a presentation today.

Regional hub for oil and gas

Darwin’s new Marine Supply Base is officially open for business, cementing Northern Australia’s place as an international hub for the oil and gas industry.

Reptile Centre to receive much-needed makeover

The popular Alice Springs Reptile Centre will receive a much-needed makeover that will allow it to attract more visitors under a new project supported by the Country Liberals Government.

Record numbers for NT Resources Week

More than 1,000 mining and energy industry professionals from around the globe will converge on Darwin this week for the annual NT Resources Week.

Short term accommodation facility to relieve pressure on RDH

Minister for Health Robyn Lambley says Royal Darwin Hospital will be able to treat patients in the short term accommodation centre from next month, immediately relieving pressure on the hospital.

Airnorth touches down in Gove

Airnorth’s inaugural flight on its new route to Gove has touched down, ensuring the seamless transition for Nhulunbuy residents.

Plenty to chirp about at the Red Centre Bird Festival

The Red Centre Bird Festival will be bigger and better than ever in 2014 with an impressive program of events lined up for the whole family to enjoy.

Football fever grips the Centre

Football fever has gripped Central Australia with Adelaide United to touch down in Alice Springs this week ahead of its pre-season clash against A-League rival Melbourne City at Anzac Oval on Saturday 23 August.

More students taking NAPLAN test

Participation rates for Territory students undertaking National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing have improved while the rest of Australia is trending backwards.

Territory to fly high at UK Birdfair

The Northern Territory will be promoted as a must-visit destination and a birdwatchers paradise at a major exhibition in the United Kingdom this weekend.

NT Indigenous talent shines on national stage

Minister for Community Services Bess Price has congratulated the winners of this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA).

Extensive mosquito program for Darwin’s northern suburbs

Minister for Health Robyn Lambley says homes in Darwin’s northern suburbs will be better protected from high mosquito numbers thanks to an extensive controlled spraying program that was carried out this week.

Papunya Handyman hits the ground running

A new Housing Maintenance Officer based in the remote community of Papunya, also delivering services to the communities of Mt Liebig and Haasts Bluff, is helping to deliver quicker response times for housing repairs and maintenance in Central Australia.

New direction on crime delivers results

Half way through the Government’s first term, the latest statistics show property crime has plummeted and alcohol-related violence is trending down.

Crackdown on unpaid fines continues

A second person has been sent to jail after refusing to pay more than $16,000 worth of unpaid fines, despite the man being provided with opportunities to enter into a payment management plan and perform community work.