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Today Show in Darwin and Kakadu for Win a Top End Wedding competition

Tourism NT’s Win a Top End Wedding competition partner Channel Nine’s Today Show is in the Northern Territory to feature local wedding products, and honeymoon and romantic holiday destinations.

Protect our livestock industry

A recent seizure of infected meat products in Sydney and Melbourne is a timely reminder to declare all products that pose a biosecurity risk when entering Australia.

Submissions open for the 2019 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award

The Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award is now open for submissions.

AIME-ing for more business events to the NT

Tourism NT’s Northern Territory Convention Bureau (NTCB) and 15 industry partners from throughout the Northern Territory, are heading to Melbourne to exhibit at the 2019 Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 18 to 20 February 2019.

Speeding. There’s no future in it.

The Territory Government, in partnership with the Motor Accidents Compensation Commission, launched their first speed safety campaign over the weekend; ‘Speeding. There’s no future in it’.

Additional 153 properties added to Nakara restricted area

As a result of the hard work by the Citrus Canker Response Team, a plant infected with the disease has been detected on a residential property in Nakara.

NT businesses a winner from Top End Win a Wedding comp

Tourism NT’s support for Australian feature film Top End Wedding is set to pay further flow-on dividends for local tourism and business operators with one lucky couple destined to win their dream wedding at one of the Northern Territory’s dream locations.

Bushfires NT firefighter to help in Victoria

Bushfires NT has today answered the call from Victoria to help fight devastating wildfires in that state with one staff member set to be deployed on Sunday.

Recreation Lagoon reopened to swimmers

The Darwin Waterfront Recreation Lagoon and beach area has reopened for swimming this afternoon.

NT ICAC Appoints General Manager

The Northern Territory Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC), Ken Fleming QC has announced the appointment of Territorian Matthew Grant to lead the Office of the ICAC as General Manager.

What’s happening for ‘Season 2019' at the Araluen Arts Centre

The Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture’s Araluen Arts Centre will open their Season 2019 program with an evening for the community on Thursday 7 February.

150 years since the establishment of Darwin

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of permanent European settlement in the Northern Territory, by South Australian Surveyor-General George Goyder.

Round two of the NTIS Officiating Development Program is open for applications

NT Peak Sporting Bodies are encouraged to apply for the NTIS Officiating Development Program 2018/19 Grants Round 2.

Arts grants available to support a creative Territory

The Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture is supporting Northern Territory artists, arts workers and arts organisations, to deliver projects and initiatives through grants funding that benefit the Territory community.

Recreation Lagoon temporarily closed to swimmers

The Darwin Waterfront’s Recreation Lagoon and beach area has been temporarily closed to swimmers due to recent weather conditions.

Northern Territory goes bananas!

The Northern Territory has been declared banana freckle free, with the proof of freedom handed down today.

Parthenium weed eradication continues in the Katherine Region

The prolific weed, Parthenium (Parthenium hysterophorous) was found in the Katherine region late last year.

NT Corrections Officer recognised with Australian Corrections Medal

Former General Manager of the Darwin Correctional Centre, Kevin Raby, is the Northern Territory recipient of the Governor-General’s Australian Corrections Medal for 2019. The Australian Corrections Medal recognises distinguished service of an operational member of an Australian state or territory civilian correctional service for adults.

Aboriginal teaching scholarships - applications closing soon

Aboriginal Territorians who are interested in studying education are being reminded to apply now for the 2019 Teaching – Growing Our Future Scholarships, with applications closing 1 February 2019.

Keep kids cool as they head back to school

Parents are being urged to keep children cool as they head to back to school next week as the heat wave continues across parts of the Northern Territory.

Don’t miss out – last week to nominate for the 2019 Rural Women’s Award

Do you have an idea that could make a difference to rural and regional communities in the Northern Territory?

Trauma Centre doctor awarded Exercise Scientist of the Year

Researcher Dr Matt Brearley, from the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC), has been recognised as the Accredited Exercise Scientist of the Year for his outstanding work in the field of thermal physiology.

National Corrections Day – Working to support safer communities

Across the Northern Territory, NT Correctional Services is marking National Corrections Day with a range of formal and informal activities including graduation parades and presentations for outstanding service, as well as social gatherings of colleagues and families.

New citrus canker detection in Durack

As a result of continued efforts to trace plants infected with the citrus canker disease as well as assistance from the community, the Citrus Canker Emergency Response Team has successfully identified another plant infected with citrus canker.

It’s not cool to let your dog get too hot

With very hot temperatures being experienced across the Territory, and particularly in Central Australia, pet owners should be mindful of the risk of heat stroke in dogs.

Adult Night Classes in Darwin - Student Enrolment Open

The Department of Education is coordinating the Adult Night Classes in Darwin and the classes will run from Casuarina Senior College in Term 1, 2019. Student enrolment for Term 1 of the Adult Night Classes is now open.

Western Davenport Water Allocation Plan Declared

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has released the Western Davenport Water Allocation Plan 2018-2021.

Lucrative start to 2019 after Darwin fisho reels in $10k Barra

A Darwin fisho is celebrating a bit of late festive cheer after reeling in a tagged $10,000 Barra from the barrage at Shady Camp.

Meningococcal death - Darwin

Territorians are being urged to vaccinate against meningococcal disease, following the death of a woman in Darwin on New Year’s Eve.

New weekly ‘fun day’ extravaganzas not to be missed this January!

New to the School Holiday calendar are three separate fun day extravaganzas designed especially for children to enjoy an array of free activities, once a week from 9am to 12pm at Darwin Waterfront.

Busy Start to Central Australian Fire Season

Bushfires NT today reminded Central Australian landholders to be prepared for the Central Australian fire season with maximum temperatures unlikely to drop below 40°C during coming days.

Close calls in Territory parks as walkers ignore heat warnings

Territory park rangers are pleading with visitors to take notice of severe heat warnings in Central Australia after several walkers underestimated conditions over the weekend.

Commissioner's statement - Disturbance in Alice Springs Correctional Centre 29 December 2018

Disturbance in Alice Springs Correctional Centre 29 December 2018

Darwin Waterfront is set to sparkle this New Year’s Eve

Darwin’s free and most iconic end-of-year celebration is set to be bigger and better this New Year’s Eve with a vibrant line-up of free family entertainment on again from 4pm at Darwin Waterfront.

Families settle into their new homes before Christmas

There have been tears of happiness, and jumps for joy, as more than 50 singles, couples and families across the Northern Territory have settled into their newly allocated public housing in a bumper week. This includes a series of newly constructed homes.

Don’t forget your pets this Christmas

Territorians are reminded they are responsible for the safety and welfare of their pets and livestock over the Christmas and holiday period.

Fees to be waived for citrus fruit inspections

Supporting citrus farmers’ access to interstate markets

First Annual Report of the Buy Local Industry Advocate

The first Annual Report of the NT Buy Local Industry Advocate, Mr Denys Stedman, was published today.

Adult Night Classes - Registrations Open for Tutors

The Department of Education is coordinating the Adult Night Classes for Term 1, 2019. Community members interested in running a class in Term 1, 2019 are invited to register now.

Don’t get sick for Christmas – flu continues in Top End

The seasonal influenza outbreak across the Top End of the Northern Territory is continuing.

Detect in the wet to help prevent the spread of citrus canker disease

The wet season provides optimal weather conditions for the spread of citrus canker and residents are asked to ‘detect in the wet’ by inspecting their citrus canker host plants for symptoms of the disease.

Offshore Net and Line Fishery changes supported by licence holders and environmental groups

A comprehensive new Management Framework and Associated Harvest Strategy for the Offshore Net and Line Fishery (ONLF) came into effect today.

Peak Sporting Bodies to benefit from NTIS funding

Seven Territory Peak Sporting Bodies will benefit from a total of almost $30,000 in funding as part of the Territory Government’s 2018-19 NTIS Officiating Development Program.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Owen – UPDATE #12

Friday, 14 December 2018 Issued at: 1255hrs CST

Red CentreNATS 2019 entries opening Sunday

Car enthusiasts right around the country will be revving their engines with excitement, as entries to next year’s Red CentreNATS officially open on Sunday.




The Bureau of Meteorology and Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services will be providing a summary of Severe Tropical Cyclone Owen in the NT.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Owen - UPDATE #11

Severe Tropical Cyclone Owen maintained Category 3 system strength as it slowly tracks northeast out of the Northern Territory and towards Queensland this morning.

***MEDIA ALERT*** Royal Darwin Hospital takes part in the Nurse Strong Campaign

***MEDIA ALERT*** Royal Darwin Hospital supports the national Nurse Strong Campaign

Spirit of Christmas in the Red Centre!

Connect with nature and celebrate the true spirit of Christmas at the Alice Springs Desert Park from 15-24 December 2018.