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A 50-year-old man died after his motorbike collided with a car on the Stuart Hwy at Virginia - NT News

A MOTORCYCLIST killed on a morning ride in the Darwin rural area has been remembered as a great husband and mate.

Bill Thorneycroft, 50, died when his bike collided with a car while travelling towards the city at the intersection of the Stuart Hwy and Virginia Rd at 6.15am.

Mr Thorneycroft’s bike collided with the car as it attempted to turn right onto the highway.

His bike was left at the intersection as police attempted to piece together moments before the crash.

Friends and family yesterday remembered Mr Thorneycroft in touching posts on social media. Mr Thorneycroft was described as a “great man” and as a “top bloke who has gone too soon.”

Another person paid tribute to Mr Thorneycroft as a great husband and mate.

“I hope you’re up there drinking a XXXX gold and riding high as we will have a drink for you Billy. You have touched so many of us, you were a mate, a great husband,”...


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Darwin waterpark one step closer as developers flag interest - NT News

TWO private sector consortiums have come forward to lead the development of a new Bali-style water park near the Darwin Waterfront.

The unnamed consortiums approached the Gunner Government after plans to remediate the old naval site occupying prime water front land was announced exclusively by the Sunday Territorian last month.

The government released details of the $500,000 feasibility study for the site as part of the plans to rejuvenate the Darwin CBD prior to the Territory budget.

The water park was one of five government-backed private sector projects designed to encourage investment in the Territory.

The other projects include releasing land to construct retirement villages in Alice Springs, Darwin and the rural area and the release of commercial land in Central Australia. Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the private sector interest in the water park would drive the...


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Tablets a recipe for great news - NT News

FOR most parents, there’s nothing better than a little peace and quiet while the kids entertain themselves.

That’s why the latest NT News+ subscription deal is such a great one.

For a limited time, when you sign up for a 12-month NT News+ digital membership, you will receive a tablet worth $199.

An NT News+ membership give you unrestricted access to stories from around the Territory and Australia and replica print editions of most major News Corp Australia mastheads, including the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Courier Mail and Adelaide’s The Advertiser.

Members also get access to the replica print edition of the Centralian Advocate in Alice Springs.

Darwin youngster Sienna Blomfield, 3, uses her family’s tablet to watch must-see ABC Kids viewing and doing puzzles but now they can use it to unlock the best stories from around the nation.

The total cost for the new 12-month deal,...


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IKEA confirms online shopping for NT - NT News

THE peak body representing Territory small business says shoppers should first think of the harm they’re causing locals before deciding to shop online with international companies.

NT Chamber of Commerce CEO Greg Bicknell told the NT News confirmation that the Swedish furnishings giant IKEA was launching its online click and collect service in the NT from June 6 was not good for local business.

“Local businesses employ local people who depend on them to put food on the family table and pay bills,” Mr Bicknell said.

“Without those local jobs these families will be forced to leave the Territory. We are losing our population now and we do not want any more to be forced to leave. The last thing we need is for local businesses to be squeezed out and Territory workers sacked.

“The economy is going through its toughest period in memory and we need every cent possible staying in the...


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Darwin hostel a 'hot spot' for anti-social behaviour - NT News

A DILAPIDATED Darwin hostel is a “hot spot” for anti-social behaviour and police have been called to the Smith St address 700 times — nearly once a day — over the past two years.

The hostel, which was ordered by government agencies to carry out urgent repairs this month, is constantly visited by police for drunken fights, screaming and disorderly behaviour.

According to police figures, 70 per cent of the calls were for anti-social behaviour but police also visited the site for domestic violence, assaults and drug offences. Metropolitan Social Order Engagement Unit Senior Sergeant Bruce Payne said the anti-social behaviour had become an ongoing problem for the residents living around Malabar Lodge.

“The location has been a noted hot spot for anti-social behaviour that police have attended on a regular basis over an extended period of time,” he said.

“Anti-social behaviour affects...


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Darwin IKEA brings little to the NT - NT News

NEWS that Swedish furnishings giant IKEA is planning a Territory presence created a buzz of excitement among bargain hungry Territorians.

Unfortunately, the only real winners in yesterday’s announcement are those who shop online. There is precious little in the way of a silver lining for the Territory.

There is no job creating construction of a multi-million dollar mega store. Nor is there the hundreds of jobs that such a store would create.

Bunnings, Harvey Norman and stores such as The Good Guys are good examples. They are major national chains that have an on-the-ground presence here.

Yes they are headquartered elsewhere and that’s where their profits go, but they employ hundreds of Territorians and are responsible for injecting millions of dollars into the local economy.

And then of course there are others like the Venturins who run Carla Furnishers and the Japes with family...


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Anything but garden variety - NT News

IT’S important to Darwin mum Ash Rowe that her young kids spent quality time outdoors — climbing trees, running around, and exploring nature.

“You try not to let them spend too much time with technology,” she said.

Ms Rowe takes Nate, 4, and Maya, 2, to the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens a couple of times a month.

The Rowe family has only been in the NT for a short while, and said the gardens set the city apart from Australia’s bigger capitals.

“There’s not too many places you can just let the kids run free. They just love the little creeks, walking along the rocks — anything with balancing,” she said.

This Sunday, everyone is invited to the Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Open Day from 10am to 2pm.

At the open day will be an official launch of a new digital tree walk, the opening of a permanent orienteering course, food and lifestyle stalls, a plant sale, live...


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City deal inked to make us greater - NT News

A NEW City Deal for Darwin is in the works through an agreement signed between the Northern Territory and Federal governments, the NT News can reveal.

It means Darwin is a step closer to securing much-needed federal funds to transform the NT’s capital into the vibrant, international tropical city it deserves.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the signed memorandum of understanding was an indication the Federal Government could soon match the NT Government’s $100 million commitment for the Darwin CBD.

“Today we have moved a big step closer to an official City Deal which is excellent news and we welcome the Federal Government’s commitment to this partnership — it will be crucial to revitalising the Darwin CBD,” he said.

“We have listened to concerns from business and have taken action by allocating $100 million and outlining plans to revive the Darwin CBD.

“The Darwin CBD needs...


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Optimism about future after Darwin City Deal - NT News

Confidence is at an all-time high that the Territory and the Federal Governments will deliver on their promise of good things to come under their City Deal for Darwin.

Chamber of Commerce NT CEO Greg Bicknell and Darwin City Traders head Darren Lynch say they believe there is genuine intent to deliver on priority projects for our city. “I definitely think we are closer to getting federal funds for Darwin,” Mr Bicknell said.

“There is every reason to trust both the Territory and federal governments to deliver on their commitment.

“I have no doubt this is more than just words. There are good things happening and this partnership will play a crucial role in revitalising the Darwin CBD.

“I am looking forward to future announcements.”

Mr Lynch agreed and said timelines were now critical.

“I know there will be doubters who fear this is all just talk that will amount to nothing but I...


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Darwin Port: Landbridge says it's a 'win-win' if NT Government retains 20 per cent stake - ABC Local

The Chinese-owned company that has leased Darwin's port for 99 years says it would be a "win-win" if the Northern Territory Government were to keep its 20 per cent stake in the Darwin port.

But it is not yet clear if such an agreement would give the NT Government any control or a greater say over how the port is run, which are some of the points still being negotiated.

Landbridge also said it was on track to meet its commitment to invest $35 million in port infrastructure over five years and was planning developments worth much more than that.

The company's vice-president, Mike Hughes, said Landbridge had already spent $10 million expanding infrastructure for refrigerated containers, but had other proposals worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

"What we're looking at is a significant expansion of the port," he said.

"So, a doubling of the...


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Read more: Darwin Port: Landbridge says it's a 'win-win' if NT Government retains 20 per cent stake - ABC Local

A 50-year-old man died after his motorbike collided with a car on the Stuart Hwy at Virginia - NT News

A MOTORCYCLIST killed on a morning ride in the Darwin rural area has been remembered as a great husband and mate.

Bill Thorneycroft, 50, died when his bike collided with a car while travelling towards the city at the intersection of the Stuart Hwy and Virginia Rd at 6.15am.

Mr Thorneycroft’s bike collided with the car as it attempted to turn right onto the highway.

His bike was left at the intersection as police attempted to piece together moments before the crash.

Friends and family yesterday remembered Mr Thorneycroft in touching posts on social media. Mr Thorneycroft was described as a “great man” and as a “top bloke who has gone too soon.”

Another person paid tribute to Mr Thorneycroft as a great husband and mate.

“I hope you’re up there drinking a XXXX gold and riding high as we will have a drink for you Billy. You have touched so many of us, you were a mate, a great husband,”...


Read full article on News GN Northern Territory


Read more: A 50-year-old man died after his motorbike collided with a car on the Stuart Hwy at Virginia - NT...

Darwin waterpark one step closer as developers flag interest - NT News

TWO private sector consortiums have come forward to lead the development of a new Bali-style water park near the Darwin Waterfront.

The unnamed consortiums approached the Gunner Government after plans to remediate the old naval site occupying prime water front land was announced exclusively by the Sunday Territorian last month.

The government released details of the $500,000 feasibility study for the site as part of the plans to rejuvenate the Darwin CBD prior to the Territory budget.

The water park was one of five government-backed private sector projects designed to encourage investment in the Territory.

The other projects include releasing land to construct retirement villages in Alice Springs, Darwin and the rural area and the release of commercial land in Central Australia. Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the private sector interest in the water park would drive the...


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Read more: Darwin waterpark one step closer as developers flag interest - NT News

Galaxies to explore for Darwin youngster - NT News

FOR most parents, there’s nothing better than a little peace and quiet while the kids entertain themselves.

That’s why the latest NT News+ subscription deal is such a great one.

For a limited time, when you sign up for a 12-month NT News+ digital membership, you will receive a tablet worth $199.

An NT News+ membership give you unrestricted access to stories from around the Territory and Australia and replica print editions of most major News Corp Australia mastheads, including the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Courier Mail and Adelaide’s The Advertiser.

Members also get access to the replica print edition of the Centralian Advocate in Alice Springs.

Darwin youngster Sienna Blomfield, 3, uses her family’s tablet to watch must-see ABC Kids viewing and doing puzzles but now they can use it to unlock the best stories from around the nation.

The total cost for the new 12-month deal,...


Read full article on News GN Northern Territory


Read more: Galaxies to explore for Darwin youngster - NT News

We will always put locals first - NT News

NEWS that Swedish furnishings giant IKEA is planning a Territory presence created a buzz of excitement among bargain hungry Territorians.

Unfortunately, the only real winners in yesterday’s announcement are those who shop online. There is precious little in the way of a silver lining for the Territory.

There is no job creating construction of a multi-million dollar mega store. Nor is there the hundreds of jobs that such a store would create.

Bunnings, Harvey Norman and stores such as The Good Guys are good examples. They are major national chains that have an on-the-ground presence here.

Yes they are headquartered elsewhere and that’s where their profits go, but they employ hundreds of Territorians and are responsible for injecting millions of dollars into the local economy.

And then of course there are others like the Venturins who run Carla Furnishers and the Japes with family...


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Read more: We will always put locals first - NT News

US may seek more support from Australia - NT News

US warships could soon become a more familiar sight in Darwin Harbour.

US Senate armed services committee chair John McCain has put a stronger US and Australian naval presence to the north of Australia firmly on his agenda during his coming visit to Australia.

Darwin and Perth have traditionally been ports of call for US warships when operating in the Pacific.

Senator McCain, who will meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, will lay on the table the strategy behind Donald Trump’s Asia-Pacific plan to combat China’s behaviour in the South China Sea and how a heavier US and Australian naval presence in the region would achieve “peace through strength” in the region.

He said the US was developing strategies for the Asia-Pacific region which he thought would have a lot to do with future strategic co-operation with Australia.

“I think Australia could play a key role, particularly...


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Northern Territory signs city deal with Federal Government | NT News - NT News

A NEW City Deal for Darwin is in the works through an agreement signed between the Northern Territory and Federal governments, the NT News can reveal.

It means Darwin is a step closer to securing much-needed federal funds to transform the NT’s capital into the vibrant, international tropical city it deserves.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the signed memorandum of understanding was an indication the Federal Government could soon match the NT Government’s $100 million commitment for the Darwin CBD.

“Today we have moved a big step closer to an official City Deal which is excellent news and we welcome the Federal Government’s commitment to this partnership — it will be crucial to revitalising the Darwin CBD,” he said.

“We have listened to concerns from business and have taken action by allocating $100 million and outlining plans to revive the Darwin CBD.

“The Darwin CBD needs...


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Read more: Northern Territory signs city deal with Federal Government | NT News - NT News

New home for Royal Life Saving | NT News - NT News

DARWIN twins Cooper and Indiana McKeon, 4, are at the “most dangerous stage” for kids to be around water, according to Royal Life Saving Society NT executive director Floss Roberts.

“They’re confident around water, and they love it,” she said.

“There is no question that water safety education is critical in the Northern Territory.

“It is vital children learn swimming and water safety skills.”

Cooper and Indiana were one-year-old when they started swimming lessons, and mum Jade McKeon said the twins were strong swimmers.

The family lived an active outdoor lifestyle and Ms McKeon said it was important her kids knew how to be safe around water.

“In Darwin, with all the open water, it’s so important to be safe,” she said.

“We have a small pool at home so it was a big priority for us that the kids learnt to swim.”

Today, Royal Life Saving Society NT opened their official Darwin...


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Darwin Port: Landbridge says it's a 'win-win' if NT Government retains 20 per cent stake - ABC Local

The Chinese-owned company that has leased Darwin's port for 99 years says it would be a "win-win" if the Northern Territory Government were to keep its 20 per cent stake in the Darwin port.

But it is not yet clear if such an agreement would give the NT Government any control or a greater say over how the port is run, which are some of the points still being negotiated.

Landbridge also said it was on track to meet its commitment to invest $35 million in port infrastructure over five years and was planning developments worth much more than that.

The company's vice-president, Mike Hughes, said Landbridge had already spent $10 million expanding infrastructure for refrigerated containers, but had other proposals worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

"What we're looking at is a significant expansion of the port," he said.

"So, a doubling of the...


Read full article on News GN Northern Territory


Read more: Darwin Port: Landbridge says it's a 'win-win' if NT Government retains 20 per cent stake - ABC Local

Anything but garden variety - NT News

IT’S important to Darwin mum Ash Rowe that her young kids spent quality time outdoors — climbing trees, running around, and exploring nature.

“You try not to let them spend too much time with technology,” she said.

Ms Rowe takes Nate, 4, and Maya, 2, to the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens a couple of times a month.

The Rowe family has only been in the NT for a short while, and said the gardens set the city apart from Australia’s bigger capitals.

“There’s not too many places you can just let the kids run free. They just love the little creeks, walking along the rocks — anything with balancing,” she said.

This Sunday, everyone is invited to the Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Open Day from 10am to 2pm.

At the open day will be an official launch of a new digital tree walk, the opening of a permanent orienteering course, food and lifestyle stalls, a plant sale, live...


Read full article on News GN Northern Territory


Read more: Anything but garden variety - NT News

Make the Territory greater: Darwin City deal a reason for optimism ... - NT News

Confidence is at an all-time high that the Territory and the Federal Governments will deliver on their promise of good things to come under their City Deal for Darwin.

Chamber of Commerce NT CEO Greg Bicknell and Darwin City Traders head Darren Lynch say they believe there is genuine intent to deliver on priority projects for our city. “I definitely think we are closer to getting federal funds for Darwin,” Mr Bicknell said.

“There is every reason to trust both the Territory and federal governments to deliver on their commitment.

“I have no doubt this is more than just words. There are good things happening and this partnership will play a crucial role in revitalising the Darwin CBD.

“I am looking forward to future announcements.”

Mr Lynch agreed and said timelines were now critical.

“I know there will be doubters who fear this is all just talk that will amount to nothing but I...


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Read more: Make the Territory greater: Darwin City deal a reason for optimism ... - NT News

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