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The Northern Territory Government’s Local Government Immediate Priority Grants (IPG) will deliver around $4 million to Northern Territory councils, funding key strategic infrastructure projects and supporting community development.

The grants also fund plants and equipment, repairs and maintenance, road upgrades, and support animal management projects.

Northern Territory Minister for Local Government, Chansey Paech, said, “The scope for local government councils to deliver essential infrastructure and support animal management across the territory will be boosted by these grants.

“Regional and remote councils with lower rate bases will benefit the most from these grants.

“By increasing the capacity and sustainability of local governing bodies, we are extending opportunities for job creation which is a priority for the Territory Labor Government.”

New plants and equipment is bound for Minjilang, Palumpa, Peppimenarti, and the Central Desert Regional Council; abandoned vehicles will be removed in Wadeye; and staff housing improvements will be made in Bulman, Galiwinku, Milingimbi and Ramingining.

Grants provided to the City of Darwin and the Barkly Regional Council will be used for animal management programs, and several councils will now be able to carry out upgrades to roads and other infrastructure, as well as recreational and sporting facilities.

The annual grants round offers councils the opportunity to:

  • Deliver key strategic infrastructure projects
  • Improve community infrastructure and delivery outcomes
  • Assist with immediate repairs and maintenance requirements on capital assets or fast track shovel-ready infrastructure projects
  • Improve the quality and safety of community assets and infrastructure


  • Belyuen Community Government Council Belyuen Town Oval Upgrade Project – Stage 2 – $55,000
  • City of Darwin: Animal management de-sexing and awareness program – $122,100
  • City of Palmerston: Zuccoli Community Hub – Stage 2 (Recreation and Sporting Space) – $250,000 
  • City of Palmerston: Palmerston Fitness Centre & Youth Centre Roof Replacement; Solar Installation – $200,000
  • Coomalie Community Government Council: Public Place and Roadside Maintenance – $101,000
  • Coomalie Community Government Council: Safer Animal Transport – $40,000
  • Litchfield Council: Recreation Reserve Safety Upgrades – $250,000
  • Litchfield Council: Southport Road Upgrades – $150,000
  • Wagait Shire Council: Tipper–Truck Procurement – $90,910
  • Wagait Shire Council: Outdoor Court & Fitness Equipment Upgrades – $142,644
  • Tiwi Islands Regional Council: Feasibility Study – Paru Barge Landing Upgrades – $59,275
  • Tiwi Islands Regional Council: Scope of Service – Wurrumiyanga Waste Management Facility Redevelopment Project – $18,910
  • West Arnhem Regional Council: Jabiru Sewerage and Water Telemetry System – $117,920
  • West Arnhem Regional Council: Minjilang Excavator for Council Operations – $40,909
  • West Daly Regional Council: Tipper Truck and Backhoe Replacement, Palumpa and Peppimenarti – $389,555
  • West Daly Regional Council: Wadeye: Abandoned Vehicle Removal – $112,500
  • Katherine Town Council: Sportsground Fencing Renewal (phase 1) – $160,220
  • Roper Gulf Regional Council: Bulman Staff Housing Units – $250,000
  • Barkly Regional Council: Animal Management Program and Vehicle Lift for Veterinary Services  – $153,080
  • Alice Springs Town Council: Aquatic Leisure Centre, Boundary Fencing – $79,000
  • Blatherskite Park Trustees Inc.: Men’s Shed/Gate 4 Section Power Upgrade – $141,233
  • Blatherskite Park Trustees Inc: Administration Building Repairs – $136,986
  • Central Desert Regional Council: Purchase of  Waste Management Crusher Equipment – $250,000
  • Central Desert Regional Council: Section Upgrade of Willowra Road – $119,600
  • MacDonnell Regional Council: Areyonga Access Road Upgrade  $250,000
  • East Arnhem Regional Council: Staff Housing Security Upgrades – $250,000
  • Nhulunbuy Public Cemetery Trust: Nhulunbuy Cemetery Conservation & Refurbishment Initiative – $69,160

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