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Northern Territory Tourism Hits Five-Year High

Posted: 10 September 2014

The latest national domestic tourism statistics have revealed a significant spike in tourism to the Northern Territory.

Tourism Minister Matt Conlan said Tourism Research Australia’s latest National Visitor Survey showed the local industry was on the road to recovery with domestic visitation to the NT up 9.4 per cent.

“Australians have started to Do the NT with domestic visitation back over the one million mark to 1.05 million for the year ending June 2014, our best result since 2008-09,” said Mr Conlan.

“The figures also show domestic visitor expenditure was up 3 per cent, and while this is good news for the Territory’s economy, we know the road to recovery is a long road and there is still much work to do.

“These results show the Government’s commitment to return the Territory’s tourism industry to growth is on track and our new marketing strategies and Do the NT campaign, launched in September last year, is starting to cut through.”

Overall, the combined domestic and international visitors to the Territory have also shown an increase over the last financial year, up 7.6 per cent to 1.4 million visitors. Total expenditure also increased 1.9 per cent to $1.75 billion in the 2013-14 financial year compared to 2012-13.

Darwin 40 years on from Cyclone Tracy

Posted: 10 September 2014

The Northern Territory Government has unveiled a range of events and a new website to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Cyclone Tracy over the next six months.

The anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the Territory’s resilience and community spirit, as well as how far Darwin has come since the Cyclone hit.

It’s also an opportunity for us all to acknowledge those who were involved in the reconstruction effort and the many Australians who came together to support Territorians in the wake of one of the most significant natural disasters in Australia’s history.

The Territory Government’s program of events will complement activities being planned by the City Of Darwin and is aimed at raising awareness of how Darwin rebuilt and grew.

For more information or to share your story, visit www.cyclonetracy.nt.gov.au

Katherine paramedic wins top award

Posted: 5 September 2014

The Minister for Health, Robyn Lambley, has honoured the winners of the 2014 NT Paramedic of the Year Awards at a ceremony at Parliament House.

Katherine-based paramedic Dean Featherstone was named the 2014 Paramedic of the Year.

Mr Featherstone has been working for St John Ambulance in the Northern Territory since 2011 and is an integral member of the town’s paramedic team.

Other winners included Darwin-based paramedic Brodie Rollason who was awarded the New Practitioner of the Year, and Natalie Cecchin who won the Peer Nominated Award.