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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.

Rail Safety Week

Each year across Australia there are 1,000 near misses occurring on Australia’s railway crossings.

Affordable homes to ease cost of living

Barriers blocking Territorians from owning their own home are being torn down across the board, the latest victory coming with the launch of the Lifestyle Homes display village at The Heights, Durack.

Top netballers to hit the court in Darwin this weekend

Some of Australia’s best netballers will be on show this weekend when Darwin hosts a round of the Australian Netball League (ANL) competition.

Government backs Henley on Todd

Alice Springs is gearing up for another Henley on Todd Regatta with thousands expected to flock to the dry sands of the Todd River on Saturday to be part of this year’s event.

Rewarding excellence in the Public Service

Nominations are now open for the Chief Minister’s Awards for Excellence in the Public Sector.

$86 million on jobs for Territorians

The Northern Territory Government will spend $86 million this financial year on developing the skills of Territorians so they can capitalise on opportunities created by Australia’s fastest growing economy.

Union must put students first

Minister for Education Peter Chandler is urging newly minted president of the Australian Education Union Northern Territory branch (AEU), Jarvis Ryan, to stop planned industrial action for next week and urgently meet with him.

Adelaide United Darwin-bound

Top End soccer fans will see national stars in action when Adelaide United take-on the best of Darwin’s football talent at Marrara later this month.

Volunteers ready for Masters Games, are you?

Anticipation is building ahead of the 2014 Masters Games in Alice Springs with more than 270 volunteers already signed up and with more expected to join in the action in the coming weeks.

Solid population base to build Nhulunbuy’s future

New demographic modelling for Nhulunbuy predicts the town’s population may be double the original projections at the end of this year.

A new future for Territory aviation

The Giles Government has released the Propelling the Territory Forward as Australia’s Northern Aviation Gateway issues paper, starting a conversation about the future of the aviation sector.

Sharing the benefits of the $67 million cruise ship industry

The Northern Territory Government is helping Territorians develop the skills to enable them to benefit from our annual $67 million cruise ship industry.

Elferink appointed White Ribbon Ambassador

Attorney-General John Elferink has been appointed a White Ribbon Ambassador, joining thousands of men around Australia committed to preventing men’s violence against women.

New book to mark 40th anniversary of Cyclone Tracy

A new book about Cyclone Tracy will be launched this week ahead of the 40th anniversary of the disaster in December this year.

First paediatric dental clinic opens in Casuarina

Minister for Health Robyn Lambley has today officially opened the Northern Territory’s first Paediatric Dental Clinic.

Northern Development Roadshow

Territorians are being encouraged to come along to ‘Developing the North’ Regional Summits in Katherine and Tennant Creek this week.

International cricket continues in the Top End

International cricket returns to the Top End next month, with the NT Strike to take on teams from Papua New Guinea, ICC East Asia Pacific and Australia’s best young Indigenous talent.

Early site works begin at Palmerston Regional Hospital

Early site works have started on one of the Northern Territory Government’s biggest infrastructure projects – the Palmerston Regional Hospital.

Labor’s Territory housing crisis 11 years in the making

Labor has conveniently ignored a 23 per cent rise in first home buyers entering into finance commitments in June compared to same month last year in its daily attempt to talk down the Territory economy, Treasurer Dave Tollner said today.

New major fun run event for Darwin

A new mile-long running event will bring thousands of spectators to Darwin’s famous Mitchell Street in September for the first staging of an iconic new Territory sporting event.

Minister returns to Cape York

Minister for Education Peter Chandler will return to Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula and visit schools getting great results as major reforms to improve outcomes in the Territory are finalised.

Tourism boost for Arnhem Land

Australia’s number one rating breakfast show ‘Sunrise’ will feature East Arnhem Land and Darwin during five days of live weather crosses starting today.