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Darwin Airport invests in the cultural vitality of the Top End by partnering with local arts organisations. We're a proud supporter of iconic theatre venues, of festivals large and small, and companies with community at their heart. Learn more about the non-profit groups with whom we regularly work.


Browns Mart

Brown’s Mart
In early 2015, Brown’s Mart launched the Darwin International Airport BUILD UP Program, which offers residencies to Top End theatre makers. The seeding and development program provides NT-based theatre and artistic teams a month in the Brown’s Mart Studio to investigate, explore and develop new ideas for live performance that will form the basis of future seasons of theatre. Brown’s Mart has supported local artists for over 40 years, and it's estimated more than 23,000 people will visit the iconic Darwin venue in 2015.

Darwin Festival Lighthouse

Darwin Festival
DIA is a Major Partner of the Darwin Festival, an exciting 18 days and nights of local and touring performances and events including outdoor concerts, workshops, theatre, dance music, comedy and cabaret, film and visual arts. DIA is very proud to be a part of the Festival’s growth, witnessing the ways in which it fosters local talent and develops the interstate and international connections that will benefit Darwin for the years to come.

Darwin International Film Festival

Darwin International Film Festival
DIA was one of Darwin International Film Festival’s founding partners and is proud to continue its support as DIFF grows. DIFF has something unique to offer audiences: an intriguing and entertaining annual program of curated film and screen workshops, held in the idyllic setting of Darwin’s Deckchair Cinema. DIFF films are a special mix of comedy, documentary and drama from around Australia and the globe, none before screened in the Territory.

Tracks Dance Company

Tracks Dance Company
Tracks Dance has been using the airport’s Aviation Institute venue to stage performances for the past few years, and this year DIA joined the innovative community dance company as a sponsor. Tracks creates inclusive works that explore the cultures and diverse character of the Top End, bringing them to life through costuming, choreography and collaboration. Local audiences are able to enjoy the pieces in a variety of unique locations as Tracks looks for ways to use Darwin’s hidden spaces and natural landscapes in its shows.

MusicNT Saltwater Divas

MusicNT Saltwater Divas
Desert Divas is a music development program for Indigenous female artists from Central Australia. Produced by MusicNT, the program includes songwriting, music industry and performance workshops, as well as the annual Desert Divas Showcase.

Desert Divas started in 2010 with six participants and has since engaged over 120 Indigenous women aged 6-40yrs. As the first program to offer targeted music opportunities to Aboriginal women, Desert Divas has such wide appeal and demand that in 2013 we expanded to include Saltwater Divas in Darwin and Barkly Divas in Tennant Creek.
DIA became involved with the Divas program in 2015 after it had expanded to Darwin. The Divas program has direct artistic, industry and employment benefits for the girls who participate, as well far-reaching positive impacts on the wider community. The Divas are regularly booked to perform at other shows, and MusicNT employs previous participants as mentors, assistant mentors, coordinators and trainees, providing pathways into employment and the music industry.


Darwin Airport conducts school excursions on an as-requested basis for both primary, middle and high school students. Contact for more information.


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Community Consultation Group


The overall role of the Darwin International Airport Community Consultation Group is to consult on community issues arising from Airport operations and developments.
Specifically, the work of the Consultation Group will include:

  • existing and proposed Airport development and operations
  • steps being taken to implement or develop the Airport’s Master Plan
  • noise (including aircraft noise) and environmental issues
  • ground transport and access issues
  • improvements or changes to airport facilities
  • relevant reports from Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Airservices Australia and Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • the contribution of the airport to the local, regional and national economy.

The Consultation Group is not there to resolve airport or aircraft related complaints or resolve aviation related commercial disputes.
For further information contact


Report from Meeting 15 - 19 November 2015
Report from Meeting 14 - 2 July 2015
Report from Meeting 13 - 15 March 2015

Report from Meeting 12 - 20 November 2014 
Report from Meeting 11 - 31 July 2014
Report from Meeting 10 - 3 April 2014

Report from Meeting 9 - 28 November 2013
Report from Meeting 8 - 1 August 2013
Report from Meeting 7 - 11 April 2013

Report from Meeting 6 - 29 November 2012
Report from Meeting 5 - 2 August 2012
Report from Meeting 4 - 15 March 2012

Report from Meeting 3 - 1st December 2011
Report from Meeting 2 - 4th August 2011
Report from Meeting 1 - 17th March 2011

Terms of Reference


Daryl Manzie, Independent Chair
Nigel Browne, Traditional Owners (Chairman, Larrakia Development Corporation)
Lesley Alford, Environment (Environmental Consultant)
Andrew Hardy, Aircraft Operator (CEO Hardy Aviation)
Justin Boydell, Airport Business (General Manager Rydges Darwin Airport)
Greg Bicknell, Business Sector (CEO NT Chamber of Commerce)
Dawn Lawrie, Community (Community member)
Grahame Webb, Community (Community member)
WGCDR Wes Perrett, Department of Defence  (CO 13SQN/Senior ADF Officer RAAF Base Darwin)
Justine Nordin, Department of Defence (Regional Manager NT Defence Support)
Trevor Cox, Tourism Sector (General Manager Tourism Top End)
Ian Kew, CEO Darwin International Airport

In addition, the following federal organizations are observers who attend meetings and present reports to the Community Consultation Group:

  • Department of Infrastructure and Transport – attends all meetings;
  • Airservices Australia – attends most meetings;
  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority – attends as required.

Corporate Giving

Corporate Giving Committee

The team at Northern Territory Airports are regular and enthusiastic supporters of charity and not-for-profit groups in the Territory.
The Corporate Giving Committee (CGC), comprised of volunteer staff members from our three airports, was setup to distribute funds dedicated to supporting the disadvantaged in our community. These funds are provided to the Committee by Northern Territory Airports and topped up through fundraising initiatives.

One of the most prominent fundraisers is the Annual Darwin Airport Charity Golf Day which is held every year in August. Airport staff and stakeholders dress up in silly costumes, play a bit of golf and raise money for great causes.

Applying for funds 

The committee offers cash grants of up to $2,500 in support of projects that benefit our community. We welcome applications from groups and individuals working in a variety of areas:

  • Youth
  • Health
  • Education
  • Arts
  • Sport
  • Disadvantaged

We assess applications on a monthly basis using our sponsorship criteria.

  1. Local: the sponsorship must benefit Territorians, preferably in the Top End.
  2. Tangible: our sponsorship must be used for a specific project, product or sponsorship package. We need to be able to see where the money is being spent, and its benefits to the community.
  3. Not reliant on our continuing support: in order to ensure the CGC is able to support a wide range of community projects, we ask that beneficiaries demonstrate that their work is able to continue without ongoing donations.

If you wish to apply for funds through the Corporate Giving Committee, download the application form and return to

Corporate Giving in Action 

Below are some of the Committee’s recent beneficiaries.

RSPCA Pet Enrichment Area

RSPCA Pet Enrichment Area
DIA donated funds to the RSPCA to help upgrade their Pet Enrichment Area. The funds were used towards the installation of new and upgraded fencing and new shade cloth.

Staff and volunteers will now be able to conduct one on one sessions involving training and exercise for the animals in their care.
CGC members attended the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony and as soon as the gates opened the furry friends in attendance ran around the whole area in absolute joy!

9 year old age group champion relay team Casuarina Storm Swimming Club

Casuarina Storm Swimming Club
The funds donated by DIA allowed the youth swimmers from Casuarina Storm Swimming club to travel to South Australia for the State Age Championships.

Casuarina Storm Swimming Club has now been awarded with the following titles:
2014 NT Open and Age Champion
9 & Under McDonalds Champion Swimming Club

9 year old age group champion relay team pictured.

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts2

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts
Young performers from Corrugated Iron were sent to the Catapult Youth Circus Festival in Bathurst with assistance from DIA.

This workshop enabled them to try new skills, demonstrate leadership skills and teach their peers some of their own developed techniques. They particularly enjoyed being able to rub shoulders with circus royalty CIRCA!
When the group got back to Darwin they appeared at the Seabreeze Festival where they ran workshops and performed throughout the day.

Down Syndrome Association of the Northern Territory Inc

Down Syndrome Association of the Northern Territory Inc (DSANT)
DIA supported the implementation of Project 21 – a new approach to education, work and social skills development for young people who have Down Syndrome.
The funds provided helped to support Social 21, an integral part of Project 21. Social 21 allows students gather in the evenings to hang out together, develop relationships, learn about growing with a disability, cook snacks, play music and enjoy computer activities.

DIA helped to furnish the kitchen with quality white goods and technology based items.

Darwin Airport donation to Alan Walker Care Centre

NT Radiation Oncology
(part of the Alan Walker Care Centre)

Up until 2009, residents of the Top End who required treatment for Cancer were required to travel interstate to receive treatment. In January 2010, Northern Territory Radiation Oncology (NTRO), part of the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre, officially opened to provide the people of the “Top End” with access to professional, high quality cancer treatment without the need to travel interstate.

To assist the centre in transporting patients to and from the Centre, the Corporate Giving Committee, with assistance from Darwin Mitsubishi, arranged for the donation of a vehicle. Darwin Mitsubishi also kindly committed to free servicing of the vehicle for the duration of its service with the Centre.

For more information visit NT Radiation Oncology

Knockabout Chefs catering Tracks' event, Eight to Eighty

Knockabout Chefs 
received $2,000 towards the catering for the Tracks Dance Company’s event, Eight to Eighty.

The ‘Knockabout Chefs Dare to Dream’ project, run out of St Vincent de Paul’s kitchen in Coconut Grove in collaboration with Charles Darwin University, delivers flexible kitchen training and mentoring support to around 30 long-term unemployed and homeless people.

The aim of the project is to provide meaningful employment opportunities to homeless and at risk people in order to assist them to break the cycle.

Ankitha Hakeem

Ankitha Hakeem
received $1,000 to attend the National Science Summer School for the London International Youth Science Forum. She was one of ten students from Australia and the only NT student selected.

Wongabilla Equestrian Centre
The Wongabilla Equestrian Centre (WEC) based in Darwin provides a number of youth programs to a variety of community organizations. WEC is part of the Police and Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) and relies heavily on sponsorship and fundraising to provide equestrian activities to under-privileged children.

During 2010, the Corporate Giving Committee provided the Centre with a new horse float to transport the horses around Darwin.

Other recent recipients of donations include:

  • Guide Dogs Northern Territory
  • The Darwin Toy Library
  • CanTeen
  • Henbury School
  • Menzies Research Centre

Charity Golf Day

Thank you to our partners

Each year Darwin International Airport (DIA) partners with our stakeholders for our annual Charity Golf Day, to raise funds for an important Top End cause. This year, we raised $30,000 for CareFlight to purchase a new car crash simulator for its Darwin operations. The custom-built training equipment is used in CareFlight’s MediSim program, which provides free trauma care workshops to the Territory’s emergency services first responders. Together we have helped build CareFlight’s capacity to save lives and support emergency services workers in our remote regions.

Past Recipients

2015 Recipient: CareFlight MediSim

CareFlight MediSim is a mobile medical training program that delivers free, simulation-based trauma care workshops to emergency services first responders in regional, rural and remote regions around Australia.

In remote areas of the Territory where health resources are stretched, often the first people to attend accidents will be volunteer members of the local emergency service organisation. Sometimes, these rescue volunteers can wait many hours until professional medical help arrives.
What the rescue volunteer does in the first five, 10 or 20 minutes can make the difference between a patient’s full recovery, a limited chance of recovery or even life and death. The MediSim workshops give rescue volunteers the skills to act decisively and enhance trauma patients’ long-term recovery significantly—and ultimately save lives.                  

Since it began in 2011, MediSim has conducted 110 trauma care workshops nationally for more than 1600 emergency service personnel, each without cost to the rescue crews serving their communities. It is a huge investment of time and effort, involving many educators who travelled thousands of kilometres to share their expertise and dedication to improving trauma care for those in country Australia. 
In 2015 CareFlight will conduct 12 workshops around the Northern Territory including Watarrka, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Timber Creek, Mataranka, Adelaide River, Batchelor, Jabiru and Darwin.

Due to the demand for the workshops, CareFlight Top End needs its own MediSim equipment, to avoid the costs and delays involved in transporting it from Sydney. A crucial piece needed is another car crash simulator and all funds raised at DIA’s Charity Golf Day will go towards its purchase.

2014 Recipient: Foodbank NT

This year Darwin International Airport's Charity Golf Day, now in its eighth year, raised $38,000 for Foodbank NT. The food relief organisation works with charities to provide food for those in need, including some of the 15,479 homeless across the Territory. Thanks to the staff, tenants, partners and suppliers who partnered with DIA, the money raised will go towards a permanent freezer for Foodbank’s warehouse, freeing it from expensive monthly rental fees and helping to grow its capacity to store items such as meat, a dietary staple that is out of reach for many.

Charity Golf Day Raffle

Thank you to our generous sponsors for donating the prizes for our raffle!
First prize donated by SilkAir, Central Coast Vietnam Destination Marketing Organisation (CCV DMO), Angsana Lang Co Resort and Laguna Lang Co Golf Club.

Two return economy flights from Darwin to Danang with SilkAir (Regional Wing of Singapore Airlines), 3 night accommodation with breakfast at the beautiful, luxurious, 5 star resort Angsana Lang Co, including unlimited golf at Laguna Lang Co Golf Club *conditions apply*. Angsana Lang Co Resort is set amongst the magnificent Truong Son Mountain Ranges on one side and the endless blue water ocean on the other.  Hike through mountain ranges or enjoy the countless water-sports on offer or take advantage of the free shuttle service to visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the charming Ancient Town of Hoi An and Imperial City of Hue.

Located within the Laguna Lang Co integrated resort complex, Laguna Lang Co Golf Club has an 18 hole, par-71 championship course designed by 6-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo. Enjoy a game whilst taking in the spectacular ocean views and amphitheatre-like mountain hinterland as your backdrop. Weave between trees, natural streams, over rice paddies and impressive rock features for an unforgettable golfing experience.

A memorable experience for any golfer, experienced or beginner’s alike and a resort holiday of a first class standard! Prepare to be amazed!  

2nd Prize
Samsung Galaxy tablet, thanks to CSG

3rd Prize
Two Tigerair vouchers worth $250 each, for travel anywhere on the Tigerair network

4th Prize
A Char Restaurant voucher valued at $150, and a double pass to a Deckchair Cinema screening of your choice

2015 Sponsors

Golf Day 2015

Platinum Sponsor


Major Sponsors

Delaware North Companies

Hole Sponsors

BMD urban
MJB Bitumen Services
Knight Frank
Boab Design
Turner & townsend

Players and Supporters

H. TROON Darwin
Merit partners
Aquarius Fencing
Total Safety Solutions

Prize Donors