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Department of the Chief Minister Communication Unit changes

The Department of the Chief Minister’s Strategic Communication and Engagement Unit has been restructured with the Department’s Digital team transferring to the Department of Corporate and Information Services (DCIS).

Statement: Parks and Wildlife

Four men are being investigated by Parks and Wildlife Rangers after firearms and deceased animals were seized from a vehicle just outside Adelaide River.

Conference aims to boost NT exploration investment

More than 200 local and international delegates are expected to attend a conference on the expanding opportunities for minerals and energy exploration in the Northern Territory.

Sagittaria Emergency Response in Howard Springs Continues

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Weeds Management Branch is currently fighting a battle against the invasive water weed sagittaria on several fronts.

Fisheries training hooks Indigenous Rangers

Indigenous Rangers from across the Northern Territory are this week undertaking training to boost their skills and knowledge in fisheries compliance.

Media Advisory

What: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Weeds Management Branch is currently fighting a battle against the invasive water weed sagittaria on several fronts.

Media Alert

Fifteen Indigenous Rangers from across the Northern Territory will undergo practical training exercises on the water at Manton Dam as part of a Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance.

Toadstool marks 90th anniversary of Girl Guides Northern Territory.

The historic Girl Guides Toadstool has been returned to the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens to mark the 90th anniversary of Girl Guides Northern Territory.

Industry engagement visit to Indonesia

The Northern Territory Government is participating in a multi-leg international engagement visit to Indonesia. Two public servants from the Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) will accompany the Minister for Primary Industry and Resources to Indonesia for the first leg of the trip, leaving today.

Professional Development opportunities at Venice Biennale 2017

Arts NT is calling for Expressions of Interest from Territory arts workers to participate in the Venice Biennale 2017 Professional Development Program.

Mango Trial Breaks New Ground

Extending the mango harvest window with high quality mangoes is a key strategy for the Northern Territory, and a trial of three new varieties being planted in the Barkly region is part of this strategy.

Consumers with Disability Education Campaign

To mark the International Day of People with Disability on 3 December, consumer protection agencies have today launched a campaign to educate and empower consumers with disability when they buy goods and services under the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Independent Monitor’s Report released

The annual Independent Monitor’s report on the McArthur River Mine site was released yesterday to the Borroloola community.

Territory Wildlife Park Christmas Markets on this Sunday

The Territory Wildlife Park is once again holding the annual Christmas Markets.

Closures - Katherine River on the rise

The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT (PWCNT) advise the Katherine River within Nitmiluk National Park including Katherine Gorge has been closed to swimming and canoeing. Leliyn (Edith Falls) remains open to swimming and walking.


Approximately 400 students from all over Australia auditioned to earn a place in the Gondwana National Choral School, and for seven talented young Territorians, 2017 is their time to shine.

Men’s Health Focuses on Positive Approach

A Men’s Health Forum is aiming to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal men in Central Australia.


Family as First Teachers (FaFT) participants in Galiwin’ku have graduated with a ceremony held today on Elcho Island. 58 of the community’s children and their parents and carers graduated, with the children ready to enter preschool and their family members firmly engaged in their education and wellbeing.

The magic of Christmas comes to life at the Darwin Waterfront

The Darwin Waterfront is bringing the magic of Christmas to life every night in December from 7 pm to 10 pm.

New Detailed Land Use Maps to Benefit Territorians

A new mapping project will detail how land is being used in the Northern Territory.

Orders to control gamba first step towards rural area infringements

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Weed Management Branch has started a rigorous process of inspecting properties identified as having high risk gamba grass infestations.

Regional Economic Infrastructure Fund supports local business growth

Litchfield Shire Council officially opened the upgraded Anzac Parade at Middle Point today.

Northern Territory emergency response experts to present on global stage

Australia's National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) will share its innovations and knowledge in preparing and responding to disaster response at a global meeting of Emergency Medical Teams in Hong Kong next week.

Be a Clause for a Cause

Join the sea of red Santas this Sunday at Variety NT’s annual Santa Fun Run.

Araluen Arts Centre launches new website with online ticketing

The Araluen Arts Centre is excited to announce the launch of its new website which features an online ticket booking system and a digital catalogue of selected works in the Araluen Art Collection.

Cabomba Bund Wall Deconstruction Underway

The bund wall constructed on the Darwin River, downstream of the bridge on Cox Peninsula Road, is being removed following the first application of herbicide on the invasive aquatic weed cabomba (Cabomba caroliniana).

2017 Stay out of Pipes and Drains

The Northern Territory Government and Royal Life Saving Society NT have today launched the 2017 Stay out of Pipes and Drains safety awareness campaign, reminding Territorians of the dangers of swimming in pipes and drains this wet season.

Seasonal swimming closure for Berry Springs Nature Park

The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT (PWCNT) advise that the waterholes at Berry Springs Nature Park will remain closed for swimming for the duration of the wet season.

New program to support artists in Darwin and Alice Springs

Territory artists are being invited to take part in a new program that will produce exciting art works in collaboration with some of the Territory’s iconic cultural venues.

Find Christmas gifts to treasure at the Saltwater Craft fair

Find the perfect Christmas gift at the Saltwater Craft Fair on Sunday 20 November from 9am to 1pm at the Darwin Waterfront.

Media Advisory

What: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is surveying Darwin’s rural area for the invasive weed Sagittaria (Sagittaria platyphylla) as part of an emergency response following its recent discovery at a Howard Springs property.

Desert Mob exhibition closes after successful year

The Araluen Arts Centre has officially farewelled this year’s Desert Mob exhibition after another strong celebration of contemporary Aboriginal art and culture in 2016.

Rock in the New Year with Diesel at the Darwin Waterfront.

Darwin’s biggest New Year’s Eve event is back on at the Waterfront with an extraordinary line-up of entertainment for young and old.

Drinking water advice - Katherine rural area

Per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl (PFAS) substances are a group of emerging contaminants which have been the subject to contaminated site investigations across Australia.

Friends of TEHS to help shape health services in Top End

A new project that gives the community more opportunity to provide feedback and ideas on health service delivery in the Top End will be launched this week.

Top End pertussis (whooping cough) cases continue to rise

The Department of Health has extended the pertussis (whooping cough) alert and is urging Territorians to check they are fully up to date with all immunisations.

Priceless Japanese shipwreck relics recovered in the Northern Territory

An intricate Japanese dinner set is just one of many artefacts that have been recovered from Australia’s only known ship wreck of a Japanese pearling mothership.

Casuarina Senior College celebrate Animal Welfare Awareness Week

Casuarina Senior College students are conducting a range of activities to support Animal Welfare Awareness Week as part of their Society and Culture studies.

Temporary closure of Katherine boat ramp

The Katherine boat ramp – located below the Eugene Betti Bridge on the Katherine River – will be closed from Monday 14 November 2016 for maintenance works.

2016 NT Disability Services Awards

Tonight's Northern Territory Disability Service Awards, sponsored by the Government, highlighted the skills, hard work and commitment of the inspirational people who provide services in the disability sector.


In the interest of public safety, the Nightcliff Jetty will remain closed for two to three months.

Free Family Fun Day at Leanyer Recreation Park

This year’s Free Family Fun Day at Leanyer Recreation Park is expected to make a huge splash.

Rare Albert Namatjira painting showing at the Araluen Arts Centre

A rare Albert Namatjira watercolour painting that has not been seen in 60 years is currently showing in a new exhibition at the Araluen Arts Centre.

Territory remembered through visual arts award

An 18 year old student from Palmerston has won the Territory Remembers Visual Arts Project Award for her artwork titled: ‘Through my Eyes’.

Planning for the Future in Palmerston City Centre

With today’s release of a discussion paper, “Towards an Area Plan for Palmerston City Centre and its Periphery”, the Northern Territory Planning Commission is inviting the Palmerston community to be involved in development of an Area Plan for Palmerston’s city centre and surrounding key employment centres.

Help shape Howard Springs Rural Activity Centre

Protecting the valued rural lifestyle and planning for long-term population growth will be the focus of community consultation which begins today with the release of a discussion paper "Towards an Area Plan for the Howard Springs Rural Activity Centre".

Manton Dam Recreation Area Reopens for Boating & Fishing

Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT (PWCNT) advise the dam at Manton Dam Recreation Area will reopen for boating and fishing from 9am Thursday 10 November 2016. The dam remains closed to all other recreational activities including swimming and water skiing while spotlight crocodile surveys continue.

Statement: NT Department of Health

The Department of Health acknowledges the PFAS Preliminary Sampling Program report from Defence.

Nitmiluk Cup promotes cultural inclusion

Today’s announcement of 32 teams padding up for the 2016 Nitmiluk Cup by NT Cricket has been nationally recognised as a wonderful achievement.

Moulden Primary School trial new Champions League Basketball program

Moulden Primary School are trialling the new Champions League Basketball program for schools – CLB 3x3.