Share our stories this Territory Day!

This year we are profiling the people that help make the Territory such an incredible place to live.

Featuring over 20 inspiring locals who proudly call Northern Australia home, the Why I love the Territory series highlights the natural affinity that so many share for the NT.

On July 1, why not share what you love about the Territory as well? Take a snap or film a video, and upload to social media using the hashtag #whyilovetheterritory.

Rachel Thomson and Shaun Gilbert

“We love living in the Territory. It’s in our souls.”
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Baz Ledwidge

“It’s less crazy these days, but you still have the freedom to be who you want to be in the Territory. It’s why I love it so much.”
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Darlene Chin

“There’s no pretentiousness here. You are accepted and the welcome is just as warm as the weather.”
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Paul Palmer

“Our roots are deep in the Territory. There are now five generations of our Territory family.”
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Trent de With

“I love this freedom that you have in the Territory. My partner and I travelled round the world for nearly two years, experiencing other place and cultures, but this is where we want to be.”
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Kate Foran

“Throughout my time here I have come across so many welcoming and community-minded people with big golden hearts. Their generosity of spirit is incredible.”
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Clint Cruickshank

“My mate told me ‘you’ll just love the place’ and, yep, as soon as I arrived that was the end of me … I went back to Perth, sold what I didn’t need, packed up my tools of the trade as a wall and floor tiler and within five months bought a one-way ticket to the NT.”
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Patrick Heenan

“I was losing parts of myself being down there (in Melbourne), especially with languages. It was important for me to come back and do more for my community.”
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Gabrielle Sol-Dukic

“After our first Territory Day we felt like Territorians and that we had come home. We couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.”
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Sharon Jennings

“One of the things I love about the Territory is that everyone is happy to help out, lend a hand.”
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Sanjukta Ghosh

“There is a space for everyone up here in the Territory. People can be who they want to be and do what they want. Living here is like an all-encompassing hug.”
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Kim Farrar

“The Territory is an amazing place to be because it doesn’t matter where you come from and what your background is, the people here will accept you and give you a shot.”
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Tim Hema

“I may move around a bit if the opportunity arises, but I’ll never cross the border to live outside the Territory.”
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Tikesa Docherty-Cole

“Friends and family play a large part in why I love the Territory.”
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Alex Werner

“We liked the idea of our kids growing up and understanding the true sense of another culture, and to realise the world is a much bigger place than the suburbs of Melbourne.”
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Amy Hetherington

“Now they’re all living here, Territory Day is a symbol of our family being in one place together and calling this place home.”
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Stephen Lomas

“Moving here was a great opportunity for me to continue in a job I really enjoy and for us to start a new life … We’ve all thrived in the Territory.”
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Wayne Kraft

“Living here has been one of the great blessings of my life. I’m proud to say I’m a Territorian.”
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Shellie Morris

“My heart, my soul, is there in the Territory – always.”
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Jerusha Harper-Ceylani

“We have been truly blessed to live in such a wonderful place. There is so much to experience and see and do. Why live anywhere else?”
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Georges Bureau

“It’s been such a remarkable opportunity to learn from the (Aboriginal) artists as well as help them improve their skills. The personalities of the people living here is a huge drawcard for me.”
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