2015 news archive
New 'Open Territory' program of events to raise local business profiles
A new program of events called Open Territory will be driven by the Northern Territory Government’s Department of Business in 2016.
Business Minister Peter Styles said next year’s inaugural Open Territory program will provide Northern Territory businesses, including small to medium enterprises, with new means to enhance their national and international profiles.
China delegation to focus on NT tourism and business opportunities
Tourism and economic development opportunities will be the focus of a five-day trade mission to China led by Chief Minister Adam Giles.
The trade delegation includes representatives of the tourism industry, the NT Cattlemen’s Association, Chamber of Commerce, Minerals Council and NT Farmers’ Association.
Territory to host BIMP-EAGA 2016
The Northern Territory will host Trade and Development Ministers from four of the Territory's closest neighbouring countries for a high-level meeting in Darwin in April next year following re-engagement talks in Malaysia.
Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade Peter Styles extended the invitation during the 2nd BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-The Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area) and Northern Territory Ministerial Meeting in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.
Read the full media release on Territory to host BIMP-EAGA 2016.
NT Asian Engagement and Trade Strategic Plan released
The Northern Territory Government’s Asian Engagement Trade and Investment Strategic Plan has been finalised in time for re-engagement meetings with key South East Asian neighbours in Malaysia this week
Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade Peter Styles will depart for the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-The Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Ministerial meeting this afternoon to discuss opportunities for collaboration with some of the Northern Territory’s closest neighbouring countries.
View the strategic plan.
NT shows strongest growth in Australia for mineral exploration
The Northern Territory continues to emerge as the preferred jurisdiction for mineral exploration, reporting the strongest growth in Australia for mineral exploration expenditure in the July to September quarter.
Mines and Energy Minister said the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show mineral exploration expenditure in the NT for the September quarter was $33.4 million, a 22% increase from the same period a year earlier.
Indonesian trade ties strengthened
The Northern Territory Government is strengthening trade and relationship ties with Indonesia, with the gifting of four purebred Riverine Buffalo bulls today.
Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe said it was an honour to officially hand the bulls over to Indonesian Consul Mr Andre Omer Siregar.
Read the full media release on Indonesian trade ties strengthened.
Giant clams bring new industry potential
The Northern Territory Government is delivering on its commitment to assist Indigenous communities to develop new economic opportunities, with a third batch of giant clams exported to the United States.
Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe said the trial program is proving to be extremely successful, with an expansion into Europe planned.
Read the full media release on Giant clams bring new industry potential.
Regional partners re-connect in Darwin
Senior officials from four of the Northern Territory’s key trading countries in South East Asia have gathered in Darwin to progress the collective interests of the region.
Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade, Peter Styles, this morning welcomed representatives of BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-The Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area) ahead of three days of discussions and activities across Darwin.
Read the full media release on Regional partners re-connect in Darwin.
Australian Government to test appetite for public-private partnerships on $600 million Northern Australia Roads Programme
The Australian Government will call for expressions of interest from the private sector to participate in the $600 million Northern Australia Roads Programme, Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher announced today.
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Expressions of interest open for a new nature-based tourism lodge in Central Australia
A nature-based tourism lodge overlooking the spectacular Palm Valley catchment in remote Central Australia could soon become a reality under a new plan by the NT Government and Traditional Owners.
International students encouraged to live, study and work in the Northern Territory
The Northern Territory Government is taking a proactive approach to attracting overseas students to live, study and work in the Northern Territory.
Minister for Business Peter Styles said the government is joining forces with Charles Darwin University to take part in education expos in Vietnam and the Philippines this month.
Northern Territory to benefit after agreement reached on China FTA
The Northern Territory Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade Peter Styles said the Chinese Government would welcome the news the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement has been passed in Australian Parliament today.
Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten yesterday announced that following negotiations with the government his party would support the Bill and ensure ‘speedy passage’ of the legislation.
Port deal puts Northern Territory on the map in China
China's Vice Minister for the Ministry of Land and Resources said the Darwin Port partnership between the Northern Territory Government and Landbridge sends a message to Chinese companies that the Territory is a place to do business.
Vice Minister Dr Wan Min, who met with Asian Engagement and Trade Minister Peter Styles at the China-Australia Resources Investment Forum in Beijing yesterday, said the Landbridge partnership symbolised the desire China and its businesses have to forge new relationships in Australia's north.
Governments united on developing Northern Australia
The Northern Territory and Australian Governments have invited investors to help realise the development of Northern Australia.
Federal Minister for Trade Andrew Robb and Northern Territory Asian Engagement and Trade Minister Peter Styles told delegates at today's Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) that North Australia's economic development is a priority.
Investors lining up for Darwin hotel development
Interested investors are already lining up for a new luxury hotel development in Darwin following the opening of Expressions of Interest today.
Chief Minister Adam Giles said he had asked Minister Styles to attend the Hotel Industry Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong to promote the hotel opportunity as it would help attract more tourists and develop Darwin’s reputation as a unique business events destination.
New Darwin luxury hotel promoted at key Asian Hotel Conference
The minister is attending the Hotel Industry Conference Asia Pacific as part of his five-stop Asian delegation to generate business and trade opportunities with some of the largest investment hubs in the world.
Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade Peter Styles has announced the Northern Territory Government has opened Expressions of Interest for a new luxury hotel development in Darwin coinciding with his attendance at a key hotel conference in Hong Kong.
Five-stop Asian delegation to boost trade and investment
The Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade Peter Styles will lead a five-stop Asian delegation next week to generate business and trade opportunities with some of the largest investment hubs in the world.
Comprised of the minister, representatives from the Office of Asian Engagement, Trade and Investment as well as local business and tourism representatives the delegation will carry-out high-level meetings with key contacts in Singapore, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei and Guangzhou.
Relationship reinforced in talks with Japanese Government
The importance of Japan as the Northern Territory's main trading partner has been reinforced during talks with key Japanese Government ministerial representatives today.
Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade Peter Styles met with Japan's Vice Minister of Economy and Trade and Industry Mr Yoshihiro Seki, and Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Director General of Asian and Oceanian Affairs Mr Takeshita Osuga, before leaving Tokyo for Darwin today.
Historic trade agreement to benefit the NT
Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade Peter Styles has capitalised on the opportunity to engage in talks with Japanese leaders in the wake of the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
The biggest global trade agreement in two decades will establish more seamless trade and investment processes across 12 countries and in turn promises to provide a significant investment boost to the Northern Territory.
Read the full media rease on Historic trade agreement to benefit the NT.
NT Government delegation to strengthen economic ties with Japan
Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade Peter Styles will lead an NT Government delegation to strengthen economic ties with Japan.
The minister along with a small group of experts from the Office of Asian Engagement, Trade and Investment will attend the 53rd Australia-Japan Joint Business Conference in Fukuoka, Japan over two days from 4 October.
International school to help position the NT as education and training hub
A new international school would broaden the educational opportunities offered in the Northern Territory and provide a boost to the local economy, Chief Minister Adam Giles said today.
Tender awarded for Mount Isa to Tennant Creek railway scoping study
A potential new rail project linking Tennant Creek to Mount Isa has taken another step forward with the Northern Territory Government awarding a tender for a scoping study on the project to Port Jackson Partners.
NT targets lucrative Chinese visitors
A delegation of key travel industry representatives from Greater China are visiting the Northern Territory this week as part of the NT Government’s plan to attract more lucrative Chinese visitors to the Territory.
Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles said the Greater China Adventure NT mission will give delegates a first-hand look at the Territory and help get more NT tourism products on the “travel shelves” in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Read the full media release on NT targets lucrative Chinese visitors.
New casino agreement delivers certainty for Lasseters
The Northern Territory Government has joined senior Malaysian representatives from Lasseters International to sign a new Casino Operator’s Agreement for the Lassetters Hotel Casino in Alice Springs.
The agreement extends Lasseters Hotel Casino licence and exclusivity in the region until 2031, with an option to extend for a further five years.
Potential sites for Darwin luxury hotel investigated
Work is underway to investigate potential sites for a luxury hotel in Darwin that would help attract more tourists and develop the city’s reputation as a unique business events destination.
Chief Minister Adam Giles said there was significant interest from both local and overseas investors to develop a high end hotel in Darwin and potential sites on both public and private land were being considered.
International and national heavy hitters eye Territory deals at key Darwin conferences
Another two major conferences will put the investment spotlight on the Northern Territory from today hot on the heels of last week’s successful SEAOCC international oil and gas conference.
This afternoon the Business Minister Peter Styles joins delegates at one of Australia’s key cruise industry events the 2015 Cruise Down Under Conference. It is the the first time the peak cruise industry body has held its annual get-together in the Northern Territory.