Celebrations For Territory Day 2017 Gearing Up Towards Statehood 2018

Celebrations For Territory Day 2017 Gearing Up Towards Statehood 2018

Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss

Pete Murray And Kingswood To Headline Territory Day Saturday 1 July 2017

Victor P Taffa

One of Australia’s most loved musicians, Pete Murray will be headlining a Territory Day concert at Mindil Beach while popular rock band, Kingswood will hit the stage in Alice Springs along with local band, The Boney Maronies.

Supporting Pete Murray at Mindil Beach will be Aussie Rock Pop sensations, Killing Heidi, along with NT Triple J unearthed winner, Resin Moon and young Territory artist, Isaac Smalley.

“Territory Day is a significant celebration for all Territorians and we’re excited to have these talented Australian musicians join our festivities.” Minister Moss said.

“Providing free, family friendly events is an investment in our unique lifestyle and one that continues to attract visitors to the NT and put Territorians first.

“This year we mark the 39th anniversary of self-governance and, in addition to the celebrations, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the people, places and achievements of Territorians.”

Northern Territory Government is also supporting free, family-friendly events in 14 other locations across the Territory.

This includes a large-scale community performance in Katherine, Katherine Tales – Tall, Twisted and True, which tells the story of Territory Day through music, comedy and satire.

The event is presented in association with Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre and Katherine Town Council.

In Tennant Creek an incredible collaboration of 15 musicians from across the Barkly Region will dual it out on stage in Desert Duals in Tennant Creek. Artists including the Elliot Sandhill Women, Gambirra, Barkly Drifters, Radical Son and Declan Kelly will be performing works of their own as well as coming together to create a twist on well-known Indigenous tracks.

Tennant Creek event is proudly presented in association with Barkly Regional Arts and Barkly Regional Council.

“Territory Day is about coming together in our communities to celebrate our unique lifestyle, people, history and achievements.” Minister Moss said.

As part of this, a competition called ‘I am Territorian’ is being held to find the best and most creative photo that showcases what it means to be Territorian. The winner will receive an iPad Mini, plus there are heaps of bonus prizes up for grabs.

“We want to hear from all Territorians about what they think it means to be Territorian. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve lived here for a little or a long while, we you everyone to get involved and share your entries on the Territory Day Facebook Page.” Minister Moss said.

“We hope all Territorians will get involved in this year’s celebrations, whether it’s getting together with family and friends, attending a local community event or one of the FREE major celebrations held in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.” Minister Moss said.

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, celebrating their 30 year anniversary, will also be operating from 3 pm.

NT Minister for Tourism & Culture Lauren Moss









1 July 2018 will represent 40 Years of Northern Territory Self Government. Statehood within existing boundaries was agreed to by all State Premiers and Chief Ministers at a meeting with then Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Cyclone Tracy that flattened Darwin on Christmas Day 1974 was the catalyst towards Self Government on 1 July 1978.

Statehood without a Constitution is meaningless as that will not ensure mining royalties go directly to Darwin as they do for all other State Capital City budgets.

Mining Royalties in all States funds schools, hospitals, roads, railway lines, dams leaving the Federal Government to focus on defence and other matters.

Case for North Queensland Statehood is somewhat different. History of a long march towards Statehood for The Northern Territory has been longer and is more compelling in terms of the development of North Australia as the northern gateway of Australia into Indonesia, Asia and India.