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Norovirus outbreak at Royal Darwin Hospital

A gastroenteritis outbreak has occurred in a ward at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH).

iNsTagrammers exhibition comes to Alice Springs this Summer

Northern Territory Library’s iNsTagrammers: the best in NT photography from Instagram exhibition is coming to Alice Springs this summer.

Central Australian Fire Season Launched

Bushfires NT today joined the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service at their Alice Springs headquarters to launch the 2017 Central Australian Fire Season.

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What: Bushfires NT will today join the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service at their Alice Springs headquarters to launch the 2017 Central Australian Fire Season

Successful Prosecution for Environmental Harm

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has welcomed a decision by the Darwin Local Court to fine a real estate development company for several offences under the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act.

A New Snapshot of the Territory

The first land use study in over eight years has confirmed that more than 99 per cent of the Northern Territory is still grazed native pastures, Aboriginal Land or conservation areas.

Wet weather prompts start of salt-marsh mosquito season

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 local rainfall.

Safe cooking promoted to Central Australians during Food Safety Week

It’s Australian Food Safety Week from 11-18 November 2017 and the Department of Health’s Central Australia Environmental Health Services are urging local consumers to exercise good food safety practices, including proper food storage and preparation and to use a food thermometer to ensure food is properly cooked.

Chef catches the Tasty 10th prized fish of Season 3

Just over a month into season three of the Million Dollar Fish competition which runs up to the end of February 2018, ten lucky fisho’s have now matched season one which held the record for ten $10,000 fish reeled in.

Rains signal start of Melioidosis season

The rains have started and Territorians need to be ‘Melioidosis aware’.

Local tradie finds a $10,000 prized Season 3 fish in his esky

Local carpenter Michael Bullock has become the 9th fisho to reel in a barramundi worth $10,000 as part of the NT Government’s Million Dollar Fish competition.

Looking forward for land use in Tennant Creek

The Northern Territory Planning Commission (NTPC) has today commenced community consultation on a Land Use Plan for Tennant Creek with the release of a Discussion Paper which has been prepared by FYFE P/L.

Neem Blitz Hits Katherine

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM) today announced the start of the 2017 Neem Blitz program in Katherine.

NT Delegation to Hawaii

Representatives from the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation are participating in a mission to Hawaii, led by the Chief Minister.

So called healer Colin Thompson permanently banned

A former Howard Springs man who claimed to cure a range of medical illnesses and addictions through mind communication and supernatural healing has been permanently banned from conducting his business in the Northern Territory.

Apply now for 2018 NT Youth Week Grants

A shout out to all young people, community groups, sporting clubs and businesses across the Territory! Applications are now open for grants to host events and activities during next year’s NT Youth Week (NTYW) to be held 13 to 22 April 2018.

Mala Relocation

An historic and culturally significant event involving the Territory’s endangered Mala (Rufous Hare-wallaby) is set to occur in Central Australia this week.

Valuation Notices are now available electronically

The NT Valuer-General will soon be issuing Notices of Valuation to land owners in Palmerston and Darwin, with a new option to sign up online and receive Notices via email rather than post.

Apply now for IWD 2018 grants

Territory Families’ International Women’s Day Grants Program is now open for applications from organisations and individuals for events and activities to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018.

Everyone’s Hero catches the 8th prized fish of Season 3

Local hero Hiroaki (Hiro) Nakamura has become the 8th fisho to reel in a barramundi worth $10,000 as part of the NT Government’s Million Dollar Fish competition.

Araluen Arts Centre presents one of its most cutting edge and interactive exhibitions yet

The Araluen Arts Centre proudly presents People Like Us, a touring exhibition developed by UNSW Galleries and toured by Museums and Galleries of NSW.

MEDIA ALERT - Commissioner questions fuel pricing practices

NT Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, Gary Clements says “the fuel pricing practices of the major fuel retailers over the past weeks raises concerns about why such increases have occurred and it really needs some explanation”.

2017 Gamba Action Program Launched

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources today launched the 2017 Gamba Action Program in Darwin.


NT Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, Gary Clements says “the MyFuel NT web app provides Northern Territory consumers with real time fuel prices but it MUST HAVE CONSUMER SUPPORT to have any effect on pricing.”

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will launch the 2017 Gamba Action Program in Darwin today.

Study to identify future ferry sites and infrastructure need for Darwin

The Northern Territory Government is investigating the potential for future ferry services in and around Darwin Harbour to cater for future growth within the next 50 years.

Meningococcal ACYW vaccine program to be expanded

The meningococcal quadrivalent (ACWY) vaccination program, developed to control an outbreak of meningococcal W disease in the Aboriginal population of Central Australia and the western Katherine regions, is to be expanded to include all young Territorians aged one to 19 year old in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine. The quadrivalent ACWY vaccine will be added to the Northern Territory (NT) Childhood Vaccination Schedule on 1 December 2017 for all infants throughout the Territory at 12 months of age, replacing the current meningococcal C vaccine.

Waterfowl hunting season is now open

The Department of Tourism and Culture has today opened waterfowl hunting season to permitted hunters.

Asbestos found at Old Darwin Hospital site

Asbestos has been discovered on a small area of the Old Darwin Hospital site.

NTIS High Performance Officiating Program to elevate sport in the Territory

The Department of Tourism and Culture’s Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) has launched a new High Performance Officiating Program (HPOP) to identify and assist Territory sports officials.

Maintenance works to commence at Cullen Bay Harbour

The NT Government will commence maintenance dredging at Cullen Bay today to improve and rejuvenate the harbour, allowing for the safe movement of incoming and outgoing ferry services, cruise operators and private yachts.

Have your say on creating a planning framework for a vibrant Central Darwin

The Northern Territory Planning Commission is creating a strategic area plan for Central Darwin – from Frances Bay and the Waterfront through to Cullen Bay and all areas in between. When complete, the Central Darwin Area Plan will provide long-term guidance for land use and development that will strengthen Central Darwin as the heart of a vibrant, functional, and attractive capital city.

Key findings from Mount Johns Flood Immunity consultation

The NT Government has released its findings from the second stage of a community consultation which explored possible options to improve flood immunity in the Mount Johns Valley and Desert Springs areas of Alice Springs.

Darwin Local Reeling in the Luck at Shoal Bay

Local fisherman Matt Kelleher has become the 7th fisho to reel in a barramundi worth $10,000 as part of the NT Government’s Million Dollar Fish competition.

Statement regarding peak in demand for emergency care at Alice Springs Hospital

Alice Springs Hospital is currently experiencing a prolonged peak in demand for emergency care.

Brolga Award Tickets Now On Sale

Judging has been completed and tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards gala ceremony to be held on Saturday 11 November at the Alice Springs Convention Centre.

Central Australian receives Administrator’s Medal

A Primary Health Care Aboriginal Health Promotions Officer for the Central Australia Health Service, Frances Turner is this year’s recipient of the Individual Administrator’s Medal in Primary Health Care 2017.

Wangi Falls closed for swimming

Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park is currently closed for swimming after reports that a small crocodile bit a man yesterday afternoon, resulting in minor injuries.

Go Troppo at the Darwin Waterfront’s artists’ takeover

The Darwin Waterfront Precinct has been transformed into a Tropical Takeover art exhibition.

Statement regarding meningococcal disease – Update

The Centre for Disease Control has today identified that the child who died on the weekend had meningococcal ‘B’ strain, confirming that it was not related to the current outbreak in central Australia (which is the “W” strain). The case in Darwin is being treated as an isolated incident.

A shout out to all young people across the Northern Territory!

Nominations are now open for a range of important youth leadership roles that give young people the opportunity to ensure that young Territorians are celebrated and heard. Young people can nominate or be nominated to be an NT Youth Week Ambassador in their local community throughout next year, and help to drive activities for 2018 NT Youth Week to be held from 13 to 22 April.

Golden Ticket Fish Proves Lucky for Darwin Local

Darwin City resident Paul Baunach has become the 6th fisho to reel in a barramundi worth $10,000 as part of the NT Government’s Million Dollar Fish competition. The 63.5 centimetre $10,000 barra caught at Channel Island was the same barra released by Top End Golden Ticket winner Rodney Ward who won the opportunity to release one of the 101 prize-tagged barra.

Statement regarding Meningococcal

The Department of Health can confirm the death of a child in Darwin due to meningococcal disease. It is unlikely that this is connected to the current outbreak of meningococcal W in Central Australia. We are awaiting further results to confirm which strain was responsible.

Dad and Son Hook a Prized Fish

Seven year old Alexander and his Dad, Dennis Smart have hooked the fifth Million Dollar Fish prize-tagged barrra at Hardie’s Lagoon, Mary River National Park on the weekend during the Corroboree Park Challenge fishing competition.

Entries open for Red CentreNATS 2018

After a record number of entries at Red CentreNATS 03, organisers have opened the early bird registrations for Red CentreNATS 04 which will again take place in Alice Springs over Father’s Day weekend, 31st August – 2nd September 2018.

NT’s Driverless Bus shines on international stage

The NT Government and Darwin Waterfront Corporation’s Driverless Bus has taken centre stage at Future Street in Sydney this week as part of the 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture.

NT EPA Recommends Approval of the Noonamah Ridge Estate Proposal

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has released its assessment report recommending approval of the Noonamah Ridge Estate proposal.

Public consultation sessions - Modernisation of the Anti-Discrimination Act

A series of public consultation sessions on the modernisation of the Anti-Discrimination Act have been organised across the Territory.

Have your say on the future of Central Alice Springs

The Northern Territory Planning Commission (NTPC) is updating the Central Alice Springs Area Plans in the NT Planning Scheme to provide for long term growth in the Alice Springs CBD.

Update - Meningococcal outbreak in Central Australia

The meningococcal disease outbreak continues in Central Australia, the Barkly, Katherine and Katherine West regions. To date there have been 25 confirmed cases of Meningococcal W with one case awaiting final laboratory testing.