Northern Territory

New population projections released for NT

NORTHERN Territory Treasurer Dave Tollner has announced the release of 30-year population projections for the Territory, which he said will provide the government with important information to help plan for the future.

Mr Tollner said Charles Darwin University researchers have been working with the Department of Treasury and Finance to map population growth and characteristics. He added that the projections will help inform government planning, especially in the areas of infrastructure and services.

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Development approval granted for $50m hotel in Palmerston

THE Northern Territory Government last week announced that development approval has been given to construct a $50 million hotel that will form Stage One of the Maluka Views development in the heart of the Palmerston CBD.

The Palmerston Hotel will be located right behind 'the Hub' on Roystonea Avenue and consist of 161 hotel rooms, including 32 suites and also 41 short stay apartments.

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Transit Systems wins contract to operate Darwin Bus Service

NORTHERN Territory Transport Minister Peter Styles last week welcomed Transit Systems to Darwin after the company secured the contract to operate the Darwin Bus Service, following a public tender process.

Mr Styles said that Transit Systems will maintain an efficient bus service in Darwin and the new contract will provide a saving of almost 13 per cent per kilometre for taxpayers. Under the contract, the company will operate 32 buses and complete approximately 1.6 million in service kilometres per year in the Greater Darwin region.

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NT Government signs off on Katherine Land Use Plan

NORTHERN Territory Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment, Peter Chandler, last week announced the inclusion of the Katherine Land Use Plan within the NT Planning Scheme, following approval of Amendment No. 343.

Mr Chandler said the Katherine Land Use Plan is the first major piece of work from the NT Planning Commission and he described it as a plan that will establish the strategic direction for future development and place the town in a position to respond to opportunities for growth.

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Darwin's new $150m hotel set to open in July

NORTHERN Territory Tourism Minister Matt Conlan last week announced that Darwin's newest hotel, the $150 million Élan Soho Suites, is near completion and will officially open its doors to the public next month.

Mr Conlan said the 4.5 star, 301-room hotel, which includes a mix of hotel suites and one and two bedroom apartments, is one of a number of new properties opening this year that will help ease Darwin's hotel accommodation shortage.

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NT Government awards development rights for 19ha Katherine East site

THE Northern Territory Government last week said that development rights for stage one of the residential subdivision in Katherine East are all but finalised after the signing of the Development Agreement with local developer Downes Graderways.

The company will now finalise planning and design of the residential subdivision on the 19 hectare site in Katherine East, which forms the first stage of development in Katherine East that aims to support growth in the surrounding industries of mining, agriculture and defence.

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NT Government announces further funding for Kilgariff

THE Northern Territory Government last week said that construction of Alice Springs' newest suburb Kilgariff is now well underway, with a further $5 million allocated in Budget 2014 to progress the project.

Chief Minister Adam Giles said the government is delivering on its promise to release more land and ensure there is a steady supply of quality new homes available at affordable prices in Alice Springs.

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NT Government says Darwin public transport review is well underway

FOLLOWING its launch earlier this year, Northern Territory Transport Minister Peter Styles last week said a review of the Darwin bus network is now well underway to explore options to improve Darwin's public transport network.

Mr Styles said the government is looking at ways to make the city's public transport a better service for the community and visitors and to make public transport an attractive, safe and reliable alternative to car travel for the community.

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NT Government announces review of Darwin's public transport network

THE Northern Territory Government last week said it is continuing to explore a range of options to help improve the public transport network in Darwin, with consultants appointed to undertake a comprehensive network review of the Greater Darwin Public Transport Network.

In a statement announcing the appointment of transport planning consultancy MRCagney and international transit consultant Jarrett Walker, Transport Minister Peter Styles said the government is committed to fully exploring the Darwin public transport network to enhance the service for all commuters.

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GHD wins contract to undertake NT Regional Infrastructure Study

THE Northern Territory Government last week announced that work has begun on a Territory-wide planning study to prioritise infrastructure investment, with GHD Pty Ltd awarded the $1.19 million contract to undertake the Regional Infrastructure Study.

The study will determine what infrastructure is required to support economic development throughout the regional areas of the NT and will support the development of a 30-year NT Government Regional Infrastructure Plan by November this year.

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Draft Darwin City Centre Master Plan released

DARWIN City Council last week released a draft plan that outlines a vision for a thriving future city that is an 'engaging, inclusive, leading edge, tropical city of opportunity' and sets out how central Darwin might grow in the next 20 years from its current residential population of 5,000.

The council said the draft Darwin City Centre Master Plan, which received funding of $250,000 from the Australian Government's Liveable Cities Program and $125,000 each from the City of Darwin and the Northern Territory Government, lays out a bold new blueprint for a prosperous, vibrant northern capital that is positioned for growth.

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NT Government starts consultation process for Transport Roadmap

THE Northern Territory Government last week announced the start of consultation for its Integrated Transport Planning and Investment Roadmap, which aims to provide a long term, overarching plan for delivering transport infrastructure and services to drive economic and social growth.

The Roadmap is expected to incorporate number of focused strategies, plans, reviews and reforms covering freight and logistics industry requirements, road and bridge infrastructure provision, motor vehicle registry services, maritime industry reform and passenger transport services and infrastructure needs including aviation and public transport.

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Transport study to focus on Stuart Park and Darwin CBD

THE Northern Territory Government last week announced a new study that will investigate the Stuart Highway and plan for future transport capacity travelling into the Darwin CBD through to 2030, with community engagement set to commence this month.

Transport Minister Peter Styles said as Darwin's population was growing rapidly and the city was continuing to develop, an informed infrastructure investment strategy was required to ensure responsible planning and accommodate future growth predictions.

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