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Lights on for Tiger Brennan

Posted: 28 July 2014

Motorists will find it easier to get in and out of the city with the duplication of a section of Tiger Brennan Drive.

The duplication was officially opened when a new set of traffic lights were switched on by Chief Minister Adam Giles, NT Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Peter Styles, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Federal Member for Soloman Natasha Griggs.

The project is evidence of two levels of government working together to build infrastructure that will reduce congestion and boost the productivity of the North.

Currently, 18 000 vehicles travel along Tiger Brennan Drive each day at an average speed of 60 km per hour. This is expected to increase to 90 km per hour once the full upgrade is completed.

The Northern Territory Government contributed $33 million to the project, while the Australian Government contributed $70 million.

Stage two of the upgrade is expected to begin later this year, with the full upgrade of Tiger Brennan Drive expected to be completed by 2016.

The Malaysia Airlines tragedy has touched us all

Posted: 21 July 2014

Many tears have been shed over the weekend and at work for long-time public servants Theresa and Wayne Baker and Maningrida school teacher Emma Bell.

This is a particularly difficult time for a number of people, not only those who worked directly with Wayne, Theresa and Emma, but also the wider public service and Territory community.

All Territorians are encouraged to help support each other at this heartbreaking time.

The Northern Territory Government is offering counselling to any public servant who needs support, and staff who feel the need for additional assistance are urged to contact their human resources area.

This is an unprecedented tragedy and the Northern Territory Government fully supports the Prime Minister’s request for a full international inquiry into this terrible tragedy.

Condolence books will be available at a Commemorative Service at St Mary’s Cathedral at 7pm on Wednesday and at Parliament House afterwards. There will also be a Condolence Book at Minister Peter Chandler's Electorate Office at the Palmerston Shopping Centre and at the Alice Springs Town Council Chambers. 

A Condolence Motion will be moved in Parliament on the first day of the August sittings to mark the tragic passing of Wayne, Theresa and Emma.