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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.

New bus for Barkly Youth Services

The Territory Government has offered a transport lifeline to Barkly Youth Services by donating a bus that’s desperately needed by the organisation.

Live export industry smashes records

The Northern Territory live export industry is surging ahead and has smashed industry export records.

Former Labor Chief Minister backs TIO sale

Chief Minister Adam Giles has tabled a recent report co-authored by former Labor Chief Minister Paul Henderson backing the sale of TIO and privatisation of the Port.

Paperless arrests keep Police on the beat

The Territory Government is creating a new system of ‘paperless arrests’ that cuts the administrative burden on officers and gets troublemakers off the streets faster.

Final piece of Zuccoli released

The final stage of Palmerston’s newest address, Zuccoli, is being released for Expressions of Interest following the award of stages 3 and 4 earlier this week.

NTCAT up and running as president appointed

Attorney-General John Elferink today announced a local lawyer with more than 35 years’ experience in the profession has been appointed inaugural President of the new Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NTCAT) for 12 months.

Cross-bench committee to review fuel bill

The Territory Government will tomorrow move a motion establishing a cross-bench Parliamentary Committee to scrutinise its draft Fuel Price Disclosure Bill.

Territory local teams up with interstate giant

Forty-year veteran of Territory construction Ostojic Pty Ltd has joined forces with one of Victoria’s most reputable developers Costa Property to develop a 1700 home subdivision in Zuccoli.

Art Awards celebrating senior Territorians

Minister for Senior Territorians Peter Styles welcomed the opening of the 2014 Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award and Exhibition, with a $15,000 contribution.

Multi-million dollar investment in community safety

Almost $40 million worth of construction work is currently underway or in the pipeline at Police Stations across the Territory.

Multi-million dollar Police station tender up for grabs

The Country Liberals are channelling more money into the Alice Springs economy with the tender about to open for the fit out of the new $9 million dollar Greatorex Police Station.

Building our Territory

The Giles Government has launched a new website for Territorians to have their say about infrastructure projects that could be funded through any future sale or lease of public assets.

Vote of confidence in the Giles Government

Yesterday’s Casuarina by-election saw a massive swing to the Country Liberals and is a huge vote of confidence in the work of the Giles Government.

New tool to target fine defaulters as crackdown continues

A Northern Territory cleaning company has been the first business to have all motor-vehicle transactions suspended under new measures to recover almost $50 million in outstanding fines.

15th Masters Games come to a spectacular close

After a week of fun, friendship and healthy competition, the 15th Alice Springs Masters Games will finish on a rock and roll high with tonight’s Closing Ceremony at Anzac Oval.

Memorial Ride to raise awareness of road safety

The annual Rider Awareness Week (RAW) in Darwin concludes tomorrow, with a host of events over the weekend planned.

Suite of alcohol measures drives down violent crime

The Giles Government’s tough new alcohol measures have driven an almost 20 per cent drop in alcohol-related violence across the Territory.

Tap turned on at remote Central Australian Community

Minister for Community Services Bess Price has today turned on the tap for a sustainable water supply in a remote Central Australian outstation.

New Advisory Council to cut construction red tape

The Giles Government has heard a clear message from industry and responded by establishing a new Construction and Development Advisory Council to make recommendations about reducing red tape.

New fuel stop to drive petrol prices down

The Giles Government has moved to help drive down the price of fuel by offering prime land for a new fuel-stop offering discounted prices.

Parole board members meet in Darwin for annual conference

Members of parole boards and others working in the criminal justice system from around Australia and New Zealand have converged on Darwin this week for the 2014 Australasian Parole Authority Conference (APAC).

Building the Territory’s defence industries

Chief Minister Adam Giles has presented the Defence Support Industry Award for Excellence in Defence Industry to RGM Maintenance at a gala dinner at the Darwin Convention Centre.

Building booms during October Business Month

Building activity in the Northern Territory continues to outstrip the national average in both the residential and the non-residential building sectors as October Business Month rolls into its second week.

Driving fuel price transparency

The Giles Government has today released a draft Bill for public discussion which is aimed at getting transparency in fuel prices.

Public sex offender website to protect Territory families

The Northern Territory will be the first jurisdiction in the country to introduce a publicly accessible website featuring details and locations of convicted serious sex offenders.

Cycle your way to work

Minister for Transport Peter Styles took part in the annual Australian-wide Ride to Work Day today.

TOR finalised for Independent Youth Detention Review

Terms of Reference have been finalised for an independent review into the Northern Territory’s youth detention system.

Donydji River Bridge now open

Joint press release from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Northern Territory Minister for Transport and Infratsructure Peter Styles

White elephant no more

Chief Minister Adam Giles today opened RGM Maintenance’s new $3.2 million facility at Darwin’s Defence Support Hub which languished under Labor but is now rapidly expanding under the Country Liberals’ leadership.

Territory tourism operators on mission to attract visitors from China

Seven Territory tourism operators fly out to China today on Tourism NT’s third annual mission to attract visitors from this rapidly growing market.

Kypreos delivers for Henbury School

Country Liberals Candidate for Casuarina Dr Harry Kypreos has delivered for Henbury Special School in spades after issues were raised with him during a meeting with the school council.

Territory nicks the Vic’s gong

In major coup for the Territory, the Darwin City Centre Master Plan has taken out the gong in the large projects category at the Victorian Planning Institute of Australia’s Planning Excellence Awards on Friday night.

Short term accommodation centre opens at RDH

Minister for Health Robyn Lambley said the short term accommodation centre at Royal Darwin Hospital has been helping to reduce the pressure on beds at the hospital.

New toilet block for Casuarina Coastal Reserve

The Northern Territory Government is working hard to make parks and reserves safer and enjoyable for everyone.

NT gas pipeline goes out market

The Giles Government has granted Major Project Status to the proposed gas pipeline linking the Territory and East Coast gas grids and will now begin a formal search for investors.

Territory leads the world with bush solar rollout

Cleaner, greener electricity is on the way to more than 30 remote Territory Indigenous communities as part of a world-leading, $55 million solar power project.

Territory welcome for Japanese business leaders

Chief Minister Adam Giles will tonight officially welcome hundreds of business leaders who have touched down in Darwin for this week’s Australia-Japan Joint Business Conference.

Thank you to Darwin’s Bus Service

Minister for Transport Peter Styles today paid tribute to the staff of the Darwin Bus Service over the past decades, for their fantastic and important contribution to the cities of Darwin and Palmerston.

NT event planners go Walkabout

More than 250 event planners from around Australia will meet with Territory business events operators and industry partners this week at ConveNTions Walkabout ‘14.

Alice Springs celebrates opening of the 15th Masters Games

Chief Minister Adam Giles has tonight officially opened the 15th Alice Springs Masters Games at Anzac Oval in Alice Springs.

Free WiFi for Wangi Falls

Locals and visitors to Wangi Falls at Litchfield National Park will now be able to upload their happy snaps and stay connected to friends and family on the Internet with free public WiFi switched on at the Park by the Northern Territory Government.

International Day of the Girl Child

Minister for Women’s Policy, Bess Price, said discrimination and violence against girls and violations of their human rights is still an issue in the Northern Territory.

Australian leaders back NT gas pipeline and Indigenous economic reform

National, state and territory leaders have thrown their support behind a new gas pipeline linking the Northern Territory with the East Coast gas grid.