News and events

2018 news archive

July 2018

11 Jul 2018

Darwin luxury hotel approved by DCA

The Development Consent Authority has today approved the $200 million Darwin luxury hotel development at the Darwin Waterfront.

The Darwin Westin will be operated by Westin Hotels and Resorts.

The project is expected to create up to 500 jobs for Territorians during construction and a further 150 jobs ongoing in operation.

Read the full media release on Darwin luxury hotel approved by DCA.

10 Jul 2018

$4.8 million for Darwin International Airport Freight Hub under Building Better Regions

  • $4.8 million for Darwin International Airport Freight and Education Hub under round two of the Building Better Regions fund.
  • Project will create 60 jobs during construction and hundreds more direct and indirect jobs in the region.
  • One hundred and thirty-six projects will be funded under the infrastructure projects stream, with the Australian Government investing over $200 million.

Trade and freight opportunities for the Northern Territory is set to get a massive boost with $4.8 million for a Freight and Training Hub at Darwin International Airport under the Building Better Regions Fund - Infrastructure Projects stream.

Read the full media release on $4.8 million for Darwin International Airport Freight Hub under Building Better Regions.

5 Jul 2018

Darwin is door to Asia

Building Australia's economic and defence interests in Northern Australia are aligned and the Territory is the natural gateway, the Foreign Minister says.

During a visit to the offices of the NT News, the Foreign Minister, who is leading a 70-strong diplomatic delegation to the Territory, said the Northern Territory's proximity to southeast Asia provided major opportunities.

Read the full article on Darwin is door to Asia.

4 Jul 2018

Diplomatic delegation visit Darwin

The Australian Government Minister for Foreign Affairs will showcase Northern Territory business, tourism and investment opportunities by leading a delegation of 70 Canberra-based ambassadors and high commissioners from around 70 nations to Darwin from 5 to 6 July.

The two-day visit will be an opportunity to promote internationally the dynamic Northern Territory economy. Members of the diplomatic corps will meet local leaders in government, business and academia, and identify trade and investment opportunities for their home countries.

Read the full media release on diplomatic delegation visit Darwin.

June 2018

29 Jun 2018

New visa pilot to attract the best of global talent to Australia

Highly skilled workers from around the world will have a new visa pathway into Australia as a part of the Australian Government's new Global Talent Scheme pilot program.

From 1 July all businesses will be able to sponsor highly skilled and specialised workers who will help to grow their businesses and create more jobs.

Read the full media release on new visa pilot to attract the best of global talent to Australia.

27 Jun 2018

Space and the ‘northern economy’

The Australian Government will establish the Australian Space Agency (ASA) on 1 July 2018. This is a significant and timely step for the Australian space sector and will bring a focus and coordination that will propel Australia’s involvement in space.

But space is not the end game.

Read the full article on space and the ‘northern economy’.

22 Jun 2018

Alice Springs flying high on Qantas academy shortlist

The Chief Minister today congratulated Alice Springs on being shortlisted for the new Qantas Pilot Academy.

The Chief Minister said jobs are the number one priority of the Northern Territory Government, and the new pilot academy has the potential to create immediate jobs in the Centre, and support more jobs ongoing.

Read the full media release on Alice Springs flying high on Qantas academy shortlist.

19 Jun 2018

More tourists, more jobs: Virgin Australia turbocharges into Alice

The Chief Minister today welcomed Virgin Australia’s inaugural flight between Brisbane and Alice Springs, increasing competition and connectivity between the two regions and bringing more tourists into Central Australia.

The new service is big win for the Northern Territory Government’s $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package, where $10.85 million has been invested into cooperative marketing with airlines and other partners to drive visitation and support sustainable airline services.

Read the full media release on more tourists, more jobs: Virgin Australia turbocharges into Alice.

May 2018

30 May 2018

Touchdown: Darwin welcomes inaugural Donghai Airlines flight

It’s an exciting day for the Territory, with the first non-stop Donghai Airlines flight to touchdown in Darwin, direct from Shenzhen, China.

Following a formal ceremony at the Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport with Minister for Tourism and Culture, Donghai Airlines Chairman Mr Huang Chubiao and President Mr Yang Jianhong and a performance by the Territory’s own award winning Aboriginal dance stars Djuki Mala, the new airline service was welcomed to Darwin International Airport with a traditional water cannon salute.

Read the full media release on Touchdown: Darwin welcomes inaugural Donghai Airlines flight.

23 May 2018

Creating jobs: Project Sea Dragon lands huge fish

The Deputy Chief Minister today congratulated Seafarms on its significant announcement of Japanese global seafood giant Nissui’s investment in the company and Project Sea Dragon in the Northern Territory (NT).

The Deputy Chief Minister said attracting one of the world’s largest seafood companies to make such a significant commitment to Project Sea Dragon is a huge vote of confidence in the project and the NT, and will pave the way for the creation of 1,500 jobs once fully operational.

Read the full media release on creating jobs: Project Sea Dragon lands huge fish.

23 May 2018

Creating jobs: new resources project approved for Tennant Creek

A new mining project 20km east of Tennant Creek has been approved.

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources signed a Mine Management Plan and Authorisation for Emmerson’s Black Snake Project today.

Read the full media release on creating jobs: new resources project approved for Tennant Creek.

21 May 2018

More tourists and jobs: Darwin water park takes a big step forward

The Northern Territory Government’s Darwin CBD-revitalising, job-creating investments have taken another major leap forward with a preferred site nominated and expressions of interest called for the development of an international standard water theme park.

The Chief Minister said the water theme park will be a world-class tourist attraction that unlocks further private investment and is great fun for locals.

Read the full media release on more tourists and jobs: Darwin water park takes a big step forward.

17 May 2018

More jobs on the way: another mining project receives approval

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources said he is closer to authorising a major mining project in the Territory after TNG’s world-class Mount Peake project received environmental approval from the Australian Government.

Read the full media release on more jobs on the way: another mining project receives approval.

16 May 2018

NAIF makes its first investment in the Northern Territory

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility’s first investment in the Northern Territory will help expansion of an aquaculture business, creating regional jobs and helping meet increased demand for seafood.

Australian Government Minister for Resources and Northern Australia today welcomed the NAIF board’s first investment in the Northern Territory to Humpty Doo Barramundi.

Read the full media release on NAIF makes its first investment in the Northern Territory.

15 May 2018

Jobs for the Territory: new mining project one step closer

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources said he is a step closer to being able to authorise a new mining project and create jobs in Central Australia after the Australian Government gave environmental approval to Arafura Resources Ltd for its Nolans Project.

Read the full media release on jobs for the Territory: new mining project one step closer.

15 May 2018

2018 offshore petroleum exploration acreage release

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia has formally released the 2018 offshore petroleum exploration areas at the annual APPEA Conference in Adelaide.

The Australian Government's annual release of offshore petroleum exploration acreage encourages investment and contributes to the responsible development of Australia's oil and gas resources.

Read the full media release on 2018 offshore petroleum exploration acreage release.

10 May 2018

New data reveals potential copper 'hot spots' in Northern Australia

Potential copper 'hot-spots' in an area on the Queensland-Northern Territory border are revealed in new data released by the Australian Government today.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia said these locations were contained in the latest Northern Australian Geochemical Survey (NAGS) data.

Read the full media release on new data reveals potential copper 'hot spots' in Northern Australia.

2 May 2018

Government plans to remove Gove wharf

The old government wharf at Nhulunbuy will be removed to open new opportunities for economic redevelopment, the Treasurer has announced.

As part of yesterday’s Budget, the Treasurer, who is also the Minister for Infrastructure, said $1.6 million had been set aside for the removal.

Read the full article on government plans to remove Gove wharf.

April 2018

24 Apr 2018

Barossa Offshore Project Enters Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Phase

The Barossa joint venture, consisting of ConocoPhillips Australia Exploration Pty Ltd (ConocoPhillips), SK E&S Australia Pty Ltd and Santos Offshore Pty Ltd, have approved entering the FrontEnd Engineering Design (FEED) phase on the Barossa Offshore Project.

Barossa is an offshore gas and light condensate project that proposes to provide a new source of gas to the existing Darwin LNG facility, subject to suitable commercial arrangements being put in place. The offshore development concept includes a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility, subsea production system, and gas export pipeline, located in Commonwealth waters about 300kms north of Darwin. The existing Darwin LNG infrastructure owners are assessing several options to backfill the facility from 2023 when the current offshore gas supply from Bayu-Undan is expected to be exhausted.

Read the full media release on Barossa Offshore Project Enters Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Phase (pdf 42 kb)

18 Apr 2018

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility changes to fast-track infrastructure investment

The Australian Government will amend the investment mandate of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to increase its flexibility and improve its potential to support projects that deliver more jobs and economic opportunities to Northern Australia.

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia said today the action was based on the findings of an independent expert review of NAIF, undertaken by Tony Shepherd AO.

Read the full media release on Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility changes to fast-track infrastructure investment.

17 Apr 2018

Northern Territory gas decision a step in the right direction

The Australian Government welcomes the decision by the Northern Territory Government to develop their gas resources. While we await further details, this is a step in the right direction.

As quoted in the Northern Territory Inquiry, Geoscience Australia estimates that the Northern Territory has 257,276 PJ of prospective shale gas resources, equivalent to over 200 years of east coast domestic demand.

Read the full media release on Northern Territory gas decision a step in the right direction.

17 Apr 2018

Fracking moratorium lifted - strict laws to be in place before exploration or production can occur

The Chief Minister today announced the Northern Territory Government had accepted all 135 recommendations of the independent fracking inquiry.

The Chief Minister said implementation of the recommendations of the final report of the inquiry would now begin so that Territorians could benefit from the creation of new jobs while protecting our unique natural environment for generations to come.

Read the full media release on Fracking moratorium lifted - strict laws to be in place before exploration or production can occur.

13 Apr 2018

Donghai Airlines to revolutionise NT visitor economy - China flights announced today

The Chief Minister announced today the first-ever flights from China. Donghai Airlines will start the direct non-stop service from Shenzhen from Wednesday 30 May 2018.

Mr Gunner said the new service would bring thousands of new Chinese visitors to the Territory, and has the potential to pump around $32 million into the economy each year, once the route reaches three flights per week at 80% capacity.

Read the full media release on Donghai Airlines to revolutionise NT visitor economy - China flights announced today.

7 Apr 2018

Creating jobs: promoting the NT to Japan and South Korea

The Minister for Primary Industry and Resources will lead a government and trade delegation to Japan and South Korea today to strengthen relationships with the two countries and explore trade opportunities for the Territory.

The minister, who will travel with representatives from mineral exploration companies, will meet with government officials, potential private investors and strategic partner organisations.

Read the full media release on creating jobs: promoting the NT to Japan and South Korea.

March 2018

27 Mar 2018

Goldman Sachs tests interest in SkyCity Darwin

Trans-Tasman casino owner SkyCity Entertainment Group has hired Goldman Sachs to find a buyer for its Darwin casino. 

As SkyCity fronted investors for its strategy day on Tuesday, the company revealed it had Goldman Sachs in the market testing buyer appetite in SkyCity Darwin. 

Analysts reckon the casino could be worth $200 million to $250 million.

Read the full article on Goldman Sachs tests interest in SkyCity Darwin.

25 Mar 2018

Australia to attend Expo 2020 Dubai

Today we announce that Australia will participate in the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from October 2020 to April 2021.

Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first world expo hosted in the Middle East, and is expected to attract around 25 million visitors from over 180 countries.

The UAE is Australia’s largest trade and investment partner in the Middle East. Expo 2020 is an opportunity to showcase Australian culture, ingenuity and innovation and highlight the quality of our services sector and education system, agricultural products and credentials as a secure destination for investment.

Read the full media release on Australia to attend Expo 2020 Dubai.

19 Mar 2018

Unearthing junior mining exploration opportunities

The Australian Government is supporting smaller exploration companies to undertake 'greenfields' mining exploration and so make mineral discoveries crucial to the Australian economy, thanks to legislation that passed the Senate today.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia said that, through the Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive, the government would provide $100 million over the next four years to allow greenfields exploration programs to distribute their tax losses as a credit to Australian resident shareholders.

Read the full media release on unearthing junior mining exploration opportunities.

February 2018

14 Feb 2018

Live export industry moooving quickly

The Northern Territory’s live export industry is off to a flying start this year with more than 30 000 head of cattle exported from Darwin during January.

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources said the figures - more than double those of January 2017 – confirmed the high level of demand for Australian cattle overseas, and reinforced the need to invest in the industry.

Read the full media release on live export industry moooving quickly.

January 2018

11 Jan 2018

World's second-most powerful battery after Tesla mooted for Top End

The world's second-most powerful battery could be built in the Top End as part of a plan to produce more renewable energy for the Northern Territory (NT).

Territory Generation, the NT Government-owned corporation that runs power plants in the jurisdiction, wants to build a large-scale renewable energy storage system for Darwin and Katherine.

It has released an expression of interest for a 25 to 45 megawatt battery.

Read the full article on world's second-most powerful battery after Tesla mooted for Top End.

10 Jan 2018

Hopes rise for NT mining

The Northern Territory (NT) mining industry has received another major boost with the announcement that the proposed Molyhil tungsten and molybdenum project in Central Australia has had its life extended by 17% to seven years.

This follows good news last week that another mining project, the $1.19 billion Nolan's rare earths mine north of Alice Springs has been recommended for approval by the NT Environment Protection Authority.

Read the full article on hopes rise for NT mining.

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