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Indigenous marine training program expanded

Posted: 13 October 2015

The nationally recognised Indigenous Marine Training Program (IMTP) has been expanded with a view to increasing economic and employment opportunities. The program will now be based in Nhulunbuy and receive funding through a $1.5 million allocation in the 2015/16 budget.

Having the IMTP based in Nhulunbuy means there will be a centralised location for marine ranger and seafood industry training.

The scope of the training will also be broadened with a new course, Certificate III Seafood Industry Training, which will increase the ability of rangers to look after sea country and pick up fee-for-service work.

The program also provides skills and experience so Indigenous people can establish and operate their own small scale seafood businesses.

More than 100 Indigenous people across the Northern Territory have already gained Certificate II and III Fisheries Compliance under the IMTP, with the new resources significantly increasing the number of students that can be trained.

Up to four courses will be offered in the next 12 months in marine safety, seafood handling and commercial fishing practices.

The IMTP will also contribute to the delivery of maritime training to students at Nhulunbuy High School, creating another career pathway for local teenagers.

Territorians asked to comment on the future of sport

Posted: 9 October 2015

The Northern Territory Government is calling on Territorians to share their views and vision to help build a road map for the future of sport and active recreation across the Territory.

Submissions are now open to help inform the Government’s Sport and Active Recreation Master Plan. The Master Plan will be developed by gathering information from Territorians, the sporting sector and any other entity with an interest in making sport and active recreation in the Territory the best it can be.

The Northern Territory Government has committed $600,000 towards the development of the Master Plan, recognising the importance of sport and staying active to the health and wellbeing of the community.

This Master Plan process will canvas the views of people and organisations, with focus groups being held across the Territory throughout October and November.

Understanding the needs of Territorians, sporting and recreational organisations, and assessing existing facilities, current sector capacity and future needs and opportunities will be a core part the Master Plan development.

Information about submissions can be made online at, by calling 1800 824 899 or visiting the Master Plan Facebook page. 

Million Dollar Fish to lure more visitors to the Top End

Posted: 2 October 2015

Fishing fever is set to grip the Top End with the Northern Territory Government's Million Dollar Fish campaign kicking off this week.

The competition has seen 76 barramundi tagged and released across fishing locations in the Top End over the past two months with one having a $1 million CrownBet prize tag and the remaining 75 having $10,000 cash prize tags.

The campaign aims to stimulate the tourism industry over the wet season with anglers encouraged to bring their families and enjoy the unique tourism experiences in the Territory.

The campaign will generate invaluable national and international exposure and put the Northern Territory on the global fishing map.

More than 30,000 people have already registered for the competition with anglers locally, interstate and overseas all trying to hook the big one.

All 76 Million Dollar Fish tagged Barramundi are of legal size and have been released sustainably in areas where fishing efforts are known to occur in the Territory.

Punters who strike it lucky and catch a fish with a Million Dollar Fish competition tag should take a photo of the fish with the tag clearly visible. Once a photo is taken, call the Million Dollar Fish hotline on 1800 077 001 to verify your fish.

The competition will run from 1 October 2015 to 29 February 2016, and participants must register online at to compete.