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21st May 2018
Tourism NT campaign launches in Shenzhen, China
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In preparation for Donghai Airlines commencing direct flights from Shenzhen in China to Darwin, Tourism NT has launched its first dedicated tourism campaign within Shenzhen and Southern China. Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said the campaign promotes Darwin as the gateway to Australia, highlights the new 5 ½ hour direct flight from Shenzhen and showcases Darwin and the Top End as a must-see bucket-list destination for Chinese travellers.

“The Territory is a unique destination with experiences unlike any other place with the tagline -澳洲''你才完整” - Your Australian journey is not complete without the Northern Territory. The campaign highlights the NT’s unique experiences including our World Heritage-listed National Parks, accessible adventure and unspoiled landscapes, world-class nature and wildlife, Aboriginal culture, food + wine, history and also promotes the exciting and colourful year-round events and festivals.”

To support the marketing campaign Tourism NT’s travel website has been translated in to simplified Chinese with imagery tailored for the Chinese market. Territorians can book direct return flights from Darwin to Shenzhen, China commencing on Wednesday 30 May 2018.


21st May 2018
More Tourism Product: Celebrating Darwin’s CBD Heritage

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A self-guided Darwin CBD Heritage Trail map has been released just in time for visitors to make the most of the cooler Dry Season weather. Member for Port Darwin, Paul Kirby said this is a great initiative helping visitors and locals gain a better understanding and appreciation of our beautiful heritage assets.

“Many cruise ship tourists walk through to the mall and visitor centre from the Waterfront without realising they’re passing historic ruins of the Darwin Town Hall, built in 1883,” Mr Kirby said. “Likewise, they pass the Administrators Offices and Cell Block which was formerly the police station, cell block and court house from 1870. These treasures are real assets for our city and it is hoped the Heritage Trail will give a better sense of how Darwin has grown to blend the past with today’s modern architecture. The launch of the Trail is very timely, coinciding with a large group of interstate visitors arriving in Darwin for a national heritage conference being held over the weekend."

Brochures are available at the Tourism Top End visitor centre, as well as the Live Darwin Hub in Smith Street Mall.

18th May 2018
Indigenous Ranger Fisheries Inspectors
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In a historic moment for Aboriginal employment and opportunity, the first Aboriginal rangers to become Fisheries Inspectors have been appointed. The six rangers are in Darwin to take part in a workshop to strengthen their skills. One is from Groote Eylandt, one from the Tiwi Islands, one from Nhulunbuy, one from Borroloola and two from Daly River. Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, said the new Fisheries Inspector roles recognise the desire of Aboriginal Territorians to manage their country and help protect the Territory’s fish and aquatic resources. “The new Fisheries Inspectors were all Land and Sea Rangers who have been endorsed by their Aboriginal organisations to become Fisheries Inspectors. They have passed the Fisheries Inspector fit and proper person guidelines and have completed Certificate II and III courses in Fisheries Compliance run by NT Fisheries and the NT Water Police. These are nationally accredited courses and this training means they now have the skills and power to monitor recreational and commercial fishing activity in their sea country, to ensure fishers are complying with the NT Fisheries Act.”

The Fisheries Inspectors have recently started in their roles and have improved the quality of patrol reports from remote areas. Such information could help with successful fisheries-related prosecutions, increasing the effectiveness of the fisheries compliance program.

18th May 2018
Family Faces News
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Families wanting advice and support will now have a dedicated new helpline to connect them with support services and resources. The helpline, called FACES (Family and Children’s Enquiry and Support), will be staffed by a team of specialists. It will be available to any Territory family experiencing difficulties, whether these are parenting problems, family relationships, managing money, housing, or anything else. Minister for Territory Families Ms Dale Wakefield said “This new helpline is a further critical early intervention to help prevent children and families entering the child protection system. It is a ‘no wrong door’ approach – if families ring this number, the specialist staff will work with them to help them get the support they need. Over time we want to see a fundamental shift in people’s willingness to seek help before issues occur that would put them in the child protection system,” she said.

Territorians can ring 1800 999 900 to access FACES. The same telephone number will also put callers in touch with Territory Connect, which will assist callers with general Territory Families enquiries that are not about family support or child protection.  The existing Child Protection Hotline, used for mandatory reporting and child protection referrals, will remain.

17th May 2018
​Container Deposit Scheme News
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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) today thanked the hundreds of Territorians who have had their say on the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS). The CDS commenced in the Northern Territory in January 2012 and provides a 10 cent refund on approved beverage containers returned through collection depots. DENR Environmental Authorisations acting director, Leonie Cooper, said the survey component of the review received 714 responses, including 646 from community organisations and members of the public.

The other 68 responses were from industry (including CDS coordinators, CDS depot operators. supply approval holders), non-government organisations and government employees. “76% of respondents said the CDS is successful and 81% indicated they participate in the CDS because they are environmentally conscious. More than 90 million containers were collected by collection depots last financial year (2016-17) from Territorians, the most collected in any 12 month period since the scheme began. Collection depots paid out more than $9 million to Territorians during this time and this further demonstrates that Territorians continue to support the CDS.

17th May 2018
​Noonamah Rodeo News
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Senior officials from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics will meet with the organisers of the NoonamahRodeo again today to get a safe camping solution for the event. It must be stressed that camping has not been banned, however we need to ensure that the thousands of people who attend the rodeo can enjoy the event, and get home safely. The main concerns are with the mix of camping and parking in close vicinity to the Stuart Highway and the associated movement of pedestrians and cars across the highway – including people who are under the influence of alcohol. Of particular concern is people sleeping amongst cars.
The Department will continue to work with organisers to identify a safe camping solution which supports this popular event.

15th May 2018
​Suicide Preventio Trial News
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The Federal Government is extending a suicide prevention trial by a further year with a national $13 million investment to ensure local communities have more time to trial services and report on what works. The National Suicide Prevention Trial is based in 12 locations across Australia, including Darwin and will now run until 30 June 2020. Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the selected locations have a higher than average suicide rate and this major trial aims to provide tailored support services relevant to each individual community. “Each year around 3000 Australians take their lives and the suicide rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is around twice that of non-Indigenous people” Senator Scullion said. “These statistics are unacceptable and we will continue to do all we can to reverse them.”

Each trial site, including in Darwin will receive an extra $1 million, with mental health experts from the Black Dog Institute and the University of Melbourne also receiving additional funding to support the implementation and evaluation of the trial. The National Suicide Prevention Trial was launched 2016 with 12 sites, with funding of $36 million.
The Australia-wide program is administered by Primary Health Networks based in Darwin, the Kimberley, Western NSW, Mid-West Western Australia, Brisbane North, North Coast NSW, North Western Melbourne, Perth South, Northern Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast and Central Queensland, Tasmania and Country South Australia

14th May 2018
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NAPLAN testing is back and Northern Territory Education Minister Eva Lawler has urged parents and students to treat it like any other school day. Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students across Australia will sit the annual National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy to provide a nationwide snapshot of student progress in reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. Minister Eva Lawler  said “NAPLAN is not high stakes testing, it is about identifying a child’s strengths and areas for development as early as possible, it provides a useful temperature check on how Territory students are performing compared to those in other Australian jurisdictions and to see the growth achieved over time.”

Ms Lawler said the NAPLAN results are one of many tools that assess Territory students. Test results for the National Assessment Program are reported a number of different ways including through public reports, individual student reports, and reporting on the My School website.

14th May 2018
​Community Benefit Fund News
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The NT Government introduced changes in Parliament this week to the Community Benefit Fund to ensure it benefits more Territorians. Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said Territorians want our vital community organisations to receive the funding they deserve through a well-administered Community Benefit Fund. “The purpose of the changes is to expand the Community Benefit Fund and provide greater certainty and accountability for all Territorians who rely on the Fund. The Government will be increasing the amount of funding available under the Major Grant category to $250,000, up from the current $200,000 maximum. Additionally, large community events will have the ability to apply for up to three years funding, with up to 30 per cent of the funding able to be applied for operational purposes, ensuring our wonderful local events will have a firmer financial footing. “The Minor Grant category will also be increased with up to $15,000 available – an increase from the current $10,000 – and in an important change, applications for these grants will be open continuously throughout the year. Clearer guidelines will give the Community Benefit Fund greater flexibility to ensure money is directed to the areas most in need in communities across the Territory,” Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said.

The Gaming Control Amendment Bill, which helps deliver the Government’s improvements to the Community Benefit Fund, has been referred to the Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee of the NT Parliament. A report by the Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee is expected in the August sittings.

11th May 2018
​Defence Budget Update News
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Here are the latest updates for the NT Defence Budget for 2018 to 19

  • the New Air Combat Capability Facilities Project, at RAAF Base Tindal in with expenditure to be budgeted to be $128.7 million, in addition to the $224.7 million expended to date.
  • the Maritime Patrol Aircraft Replacement facilities project, expenditure at RAAF Base Darwin in 2018-19 is $75.6 million.
  • the Explosive Ordnance Logistics Reform Program, Proposed expenditure at RAAF Base Darwin in 2018-19 is $13.7 million. 
  • the Air Traffic Control Complex Infrastructure and Fixed Base Defence Air Traffic Management and Control System project, Expected expenditure at Darwin is $19.7 million in 2018-19, and $7.9 million at Tindal
  • the Joint Health Command Garrison Health Facilities Upgrade project,  Expected expenditure in the Northern Territory is $25.7 million in 2018-19.
  • the $74.4 million Delamere Range Facilities Redevelopment project, The project is scheduled for completion by late 2018 and will include additional expenditure of $11.6 million in 2018-19, in addition to the $59.7 million invested there to date.
  • The Growler Airborne Electronic Attack Capability Facilities project, This $349 million project is scheduled for completion by early 2021, with expected expenditure of $16.4 million in 2018-19, in addition to the $46.5 million invested there to date.

11th May 2018
​Swimming Pool Safety News
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Children’s safety is paramount to the NT  Government and consultation will start soon to consider improvements to the current Swimming Pool Safety laws.

Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison said

“We all want to ensure children are safe and that the community has up-to-date, practical and effective swimming pool safety laws that reduce the risk of drowning in home swimming pools,”

The Northern Territory Swimming Pool Safety Act 2004 requires only certain swimming pools to have safety barriers. 


 “With the Community’s input, The NT Government will consider what changes could be made to improve safety outcomes for those properties currently exempt and to streamline the existing systems that are already in place.


Minister Nicole Manison also confirmed that people with existing pool safety barriers - certified as compliant to the current Swimming Pool Safety laws - won’t need to make any changes if we update laws.”

The Swimming Pool Safety Consultation Paper focuses on the following areas:

  • The exemptions from requiring a pool barrier at:
    • properties 1.8 hectares or more in size; and
    • short-term holiday accommodation in houses, townhouses and units.
  • Enabling updated safety standards for pool barriers to be adopted.
  • Alternative access solutions for people with a disability.
  • Temporary pool safety barriers during construction.

The consultation will be open for submissions from 11 May 2018 to 6 July 2018.

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