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MVR Goyder Road Storm Damage

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics advises that the public counter at Darwin Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) on Goyder Road will not be operating tomorrow. This is due to damage caused from the late afternoon storm today.

Stay out of pipes and drains and surf waves instead

Territory kids are being urged to stay out of pipes and drains this Wet Season and hit the wave pool instead as part of a competition by the NT Government and the Darwin Waterfront.

Territory Wildlife Park announces 2018 Artists in the Park

The Department of Tourism and Culture’s Territory Wildlife Park is welcoming 12 new artists to the 2018 Artists in the Park program.

Territory Fishos Have a Whale of a time off Cape Arnhem

A Territory fisherman has recorded the first live sighting of Bryde’s whales (Balaenoptera edeni) in Top End waters.

Signs of the Times Undergo Makeover

Roadside signs used to inform rural residents about groundwater levels have undergone a makeover.

Amazon frogbit

Amazon frogbit (Limnobium laevigotum) has been declared a Class C (not to be introduced) weed under the Weeds Management Act.

More restaurants open at the Darwin Waterfront

Three exciting new restaurants will soon open at the Darwin Waterfront, further expanding the food and dining offers available within the precinct.

Darwin Waterfront’s Biggest Australia Day Celebrations

The Darwin Waterfront’s biggest Australia Day Celebrations will be held on Friday 26 January 2018.

Don Dale escapee apprehended by NT Police

The young person who escaped from Don Dale Youth Detention Centre (DDYDC) on 28 December 2017, has now been apprehended by NT Police. The 17-year-old male was located on Groote Eylandt today, where he was arrested and is being detained before being transferred to DDYDC in Darwin tomorrow.


The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has completed a rigorous environmental impact assessment of Arafura Resources Ltd’s Nolans Project, and concluded that it could be managed to avoid unacceptable environmental impacts and risks.

Free fun for kids these school holidays

A jam-packed three weeks of free school holiday activities will be held every weekday at the Darwin Waterfront from Monday 8 January until Thursday 25 January 2018. All activities start at 10am and are programed for two hours.

Record number of Saltwater Crocodiles Removed in 2017

The Department of Tourism and Culture’s crocodile management team has removed a record 371 saltwater crocodiles from Northern Territory waterways throughout 2017.

Escape at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre

Early this morning at 12.45am, a young male escaped from the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.

Results of fish testing at the Daly River released

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) has today released the results of testing of fish from the Daly River for per- and poly-fluoroalkylated substances (PFAS).

Water Boil Alert for Ngukurr

A precautionary advice for drinking water (water boil alert) was issued today for the Ngukurr Community, following advice from the Power and Water Corporation that water demand is outstripping available supply at Ngukurr. Power and Water has switched over the community’s source of water from the bores to the Roper River to prevent the community from running out of water, however this may reduce the effectiveness of water treatment.

McArthur River Mine Independent Monitor’s Report released

The annual report by the Independent Monitor for the environmental performance of the McArthur River Mine and the regulatory process of the Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) has today been publicly released.

Give the gift of life these holidays

There is a gift we all have the potential to give this festive season and by registering your decision to be an organ donor on the Australian Organ Donor Register you may one day save a life.

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NT Peak Sporting Bodies receive funding boost to support Officiating programs

Nine Northern Territory Peak Sporting Bodies will benefit from officiating development grants through the Department of Tourism and Culture’s, 2017/18 Officiating Development Program.

Katherine Supports Neem Blitz Program

Over 250 Katherine landholders collected free herbicide to control the highly invasive weed neem (Azadirachta indica) during the Katherine Neem Blitz Program.

Territory students making long term gains in NAPLAN

Northern Territory students have been making strong gains in NAPLAN over the past six years from 2011 – 2017, compared to overall NAPLAN performance nationally.

Enjoy your overseas holiday – top tips to avoid illness

Territorians are busily preparing for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, some are heading overseas as tourists and others returning home to visit family and friends.

Top End mosquito numbers to increase

The Department of Health is urging people to protect themselves from mosquitoes, as numbers are expected to increase in coastal areas following last week’s high tide and recent rain. Numbers are expected to increase from today and remain elevated until the arrival of the monsoon.

Bush Christmas comes to the Red Centre!

Get the kids out of the house and immerse them in nature to celebrate a true Bush Christmas at the Alice Springs Desert Park, with a jam packed program running from 16 to 24 December 2017.

Darwin Local Dave Hooks on the Daly - the 12th Million Dollar Fish!

34 year old local Boilermaker Dave Povey has caught the 12th $10,000 barra of Million Dollar Fish Season 3 on the Daly River.

NT EPA Recommends Approval of the Chandler Hazardous Waste Facility

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has recommended approval of Tellus Holdings Ltd’s hazardous waste storage proposal following a rigorous environmental impact assessment.

Vietnam and Indonesia visit promotes trade and investment opportunities

Three Northern Territory Government representatives will travel to Vietnam and Indonesia next week with Primary Industry and Resources and Arafura Games Minister Ken Vowles.

NT Delegation Heads to China for Australia Year of Tourism (CAYOT) Delegation

A Northern Territory delegation will travel to China from 10-14 December as part of the China - Australia Year of Tourism (CAYOT) program recognising the close relationship between our two countries and the importance of the China market for Australia’s tourism industry.

Summer in Alice Springs and Palmerston – School holiday program

Young people in Alice Springs and Palmerston will soon be on the receiving end of a summer filled with fun and activities aimed at building confidence and resilience, with the Northern Territory Government providing $500,000 in grant funding.

Southern Cup Basketball Tournament in Alice Springs

Alice Springs will be buzzing with excitement this weekend, with the Southern Cup Basketball Tournament bringing together the top players from Central Australia.

Plan and check before you travel on NT roads these holidays

The NT Government is helping Territorians ensure their vehicles are safe and ready to travel these holidays, with a free community event on Saturday 9 December as part of the annual Check. Plan. Go. Campaign.

Tourism Australia Dreamtime Tradeshow

Tourism NT is hosting five Singaporean incentive agents and media in Darwin from 6 to 8 December, following Tourism Australia’s signature biennial business events showcase, Dreamtime 2017.

Public consultation commences on a National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers in the Territory

The Department of Health and the Health and Community Services Complaints Commission are conducting public consultation regarding the implementation of the National Code of Conduct for health care workers in the Northern Territory.

Youth voices being heard

Last weekend marked the final meeting of the 2017 NT Youth Round Table, a group of young people aged 15-25 who represent their peers to ensure the voices of young Territorians are included in government decision-making.

Flushed with success! Teen plumber breaks Million Dollar Fish record hooking the 11th prized fish of Season 3

This year’s Million Dollar Fish competition has smashed the season one record of ten $10,000 fish with Darwin teenager Wayden McHugh reeling in the 11th $10,000 barra near the Nightcliff Jetty over the weekend.

Last Chance to For Free Neem Herbicide

Saturday 9 December is the last chance for Katherine landholders to collect free herbicide to control the highly invasive weed neem (Azadirachta indica).

Sarah Pirrie Exhibition to open at Northern Territory Library

A new exhibition by noted Territory visual artist and Northern Territory Library’s Creative in Residence Sarah Pirrie entitled Coastal Links is set to open at the Northern Territory Library on Wednesday 6 December.

Large Saltie Threatens Shark Attack

The fight to protect our fishing waterways against the noxious weed cabomba (Cabomba caroliniana) continues to deliver positive results thanks to a $600,000 boost from the Territory Government.

Statement on incorrect media reports relating to fatality at Bladin Point Construction Site

NT WorkSafe would like to correct the misinformation being reported by the media on the cause of the fatality at Bladin Point Construction Site overnight.

Statement on fatality at Bladin Point Construction Site

NT WorkSafe has commenced an investigation into the death of a 56 year old male worker at the Bladin Point construction site last night.

Support DonateLife NT this weekend in Alice Springs

Join the Alice Springs Running and Walking Club for a river run/walk along the banks of the Todd River and support DonateLife NT on Saturday 2 December 2017.

A Waterfront Christmas wonderland

The tropical Darwin Waterfront harbour side will glisten with Christmas cheer every night in December from 7pm to 10pm.

Kick-off Christmas with the Territory Wildlife Christmas Markets

The Department of Tourism and Culture’s Territory Wildlife Park (TWP) is inviting Christmas revellers to celebrate the start of the festive season at the fifth annual Christmas Markets, being held Sunday 3 December from 9am to 1pm.

Darwin Man Caught Selling Weed on Gumtree

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has issued a Darwin man with a verbal warning after he was caught selling a banned weed on Gumtree.

NTIS announces scholarships for 2017/18 Coach Development Program

The Department of Tourism and Culture’s Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) has announced the scholarship coaches for the 2017/18 Coach Development Program (CDP).

Draft Joint Management Plans open for public comment

The Draft Joint Management Plans for Watarrka National Park and Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park are now open for public comment.

Statement: Attempted escape at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre

Four young men unsuccessfully tried to escape from Don Dale Youth Detention Centre yesterday evening.

Join the Santa Fun Run for a good clause

Don your Santa Suits and be a clause for a cause this Sunday at Variety NT’s Santa Fun Run.

Who is your Sober Bob this Festive Season?

Before you head out over the Christmas period, the NT Government is asking everyone to think about how you will get home, plan ahead and use a Sober Bob.

Kitchener Drive Multi-Storey Car Park now offers the convenience of ‘ticketless parking’

The Territory's first completely ticketless car park has now commenced operating at the Darwin Waterfront.