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Budget 2015 delivers improved education, health, sporting and cultural facilities across the Northern Territory

Posted: 28 April 2015

The 2015-16 Budget has been delivered in the Territory Parliament, with funding for improved education, health, sporting and cultural facilities across the Territory.

The Government is spending $1.42 billion on health services with further improvements to Darwin and Alice Springs Hospitals and starting work on the new Palmerston Regional Hospital.

Education will benefit from $893 million with a further $152 million for school upgrades.

A record amount of funding has been allocated to roads to better connect Territorians no matter where they live, with investments in every major arterial route across the NT.

Key recreation areas such as Casuarina Coastal Reserve and Litchfield National Park will have upgrades to facilities that will benefit Territorians and the tourism industry.

$18.3 million will be spent creating a visual art gallery in Darwin, and more than $57 million in improvements to sporting facilities.

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WWI returned servicemen recognised

Posted: 24 April 2015

Seven WWI returned servicemen buried in unmarked graves at Gardens Road Cemetery have finally had their sacrifice properly commemorated with headstones and plaques.

The servicemen commemorated with a new headstone are Larrakia man Robert Shepherd, Thomas Cody, Tom Cumming, George Elmer, Eric Erlandson, John McMillan and John Newton.

The group includes a Military Medal recipient for gallantry and devotion to duty, a Queen’s South Africa Medal recipient, two members of the Light Horse regiment, a buffalo shooter and a light-weight boxer.

The headstones were paid for by the Northern Territory Government as part of its four year, $4.5 million program of events and commemorations for the ANZAC Centenary.

The City of Darwin has provided significant in-kind support to this project, preparing and laying the headstones.

Darwin Waterfront makes a splash

Posted: 23 April 2015

This year’s Budget will invest more than $8 million into the Darwin Waterfront to make it an even more attractive and vibrant precinct for tourists and local families.

The Darwin Waterfront is a fabulous gateway to the Territory for more than 50 000 cruise ship passengers a year and we want to make it as welcoming as possible.

A 350 metre walkway will be installed along the seawall to give cruise ship passengers a shady stroll into the Waterfront Precinct with shops and dining. 

Additional pontoons will be built to support harbour cruise boats and charter vessels.

The Waterfront upgrades are part of a suite of tourism infrastructure projects that are being funded across the Territory in Budget 2015.