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Northern Australia development

Posted: 14 April 2014

The Northern Territory Government is stepping up its push for Northern Australia development with the launch of a new campaign aimed at engaging Territorians in a conversation about the future. The Northern Territory Government has a plan to make the Territory the capital of Northern Australia and wants to start talking to Territorians about their priorities into the future and their ideas for how we should develop.

A new website and advertising campaign has been launched explaining the huge opportunities available because of our proximity to Asia. The new Northern Australia Development Office is also planning a roadshow and a series of public forums in key regional centres over the coming months.

Sports vouchers set to increase to $200

Posted: 11 April 2014

Chief Minister Adam Giles has announced the Territory Government’s Sport Vouchers will increase from $75 to $200 a year. The scheme will receive a $5 million boost in the upcoming Territory Budget, as part of a package of measures aimed at providing financial relief to Territory families. “Our $75 Sport Vouchers have proved hugely popular with Territory families with more than 20,000 kids redeeming the Vouchers last year,” Chief Minister Adam Giles said. “Helping families cover the cost of their children getting involved in sport and recreation activities is a part our plan to drive down the cost of living.”

The new Sport Vouchers will be increased from $75 to $200, with $100 vouchers issued to parents twice a year in July and January. Under the Scheme, the Vouchers can be used for registration, essential equipment and uniform costs at any registered sporting or recreation club, group or organisation. Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing Matt Conlan said the scheme would also be expanded to include a wider range of sport and recreation activities including girl guides and scouts, dance, music lessons and other arts and cultural pursuits. “We know healthy minds are just as important as healthy bodies and our new scheme will get more Territory kids off the couch, off the streets and into organised activities,” said Mr Conlan.

The new scheme will begin on 1 July 2014. For more information visit:

Global energy hub focused on Northern Australia

Posted: 9 April 2014

The Territory Government has presented the case for the development of Northern Australia as an international energy hub at the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest oil and gas conference this week. Chief Minister Adam Giles and the Minister for Mines and Energy Willem Westra Van Holthe have both attended the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Conference in Perth, which attracts the world’s most important energy players.

In Perth, Mr Giles and Mr Westra Van Holthe met with a range of companies including ConocoPhillips, GDF Suez, CIVMEC, Total, Eni and Shell. “The Territory now has runs on the board with the successful Darwin LNG project at Wickham Point now well established and the Ichthys LNG project at Blaydin Point now underway. In Perth, we’ve been speaking to a range of other companies about following in their footsteps,” Mr Westra Van Holthe said.

Darwin’s oil and gas infrastructure is also expanding with the Marine Supply Base set to open later this year and presenting new opportunities for the maintenance of offshore equipment. “In our meetings with Shell in particular, I’m discussing opportunities for Territory companies to secure early contracts for work on the company’s Prelude Floating LNG project,” Mr Giles said. Onshore, the Territory is estimated to have potential reserves of unconventional gas totalling approximately 240 trillion cubic feet across six basins.