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Contract award for next step in long term solutions for Mandorah Jetty

A $291,000 contract has been awarded to local engineering firm, Jacobs Group, to further assess the long term options for the Mandorah Jetty and Boat Ramp.

Northern Territory Operators Take to the UK Birdfair

Northern Territory tourism operators have hit the road to target birding enthusiasts at the annual British Birdwatching Fair, the largest bird fair in the world attracting more than 25,000 people and over 300 exhibitors.

Temporary closure of Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre

Territory Families is currently preparing for a six-week temporary closure of the Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre to undertake urgent fix and make safe works. The temporary closure allows for works to be done as quickly as possible.

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Unconventional NT Showcase Series targets business event planners

The NT Convention Bureau’s inaugural Unconventional Darwin Showcase 2017, a four day mega-familiarisation program that ran from Thursday 10 August to Sunday 13 August, has attracted more than 20 business event planners from across Australia.

Sydney Dance Company’s brings a wildly powerful double bill to Alice Springs

Alice Springs audiences are in for a treat when Sydney Dance Company returns to the Araluen Arts Centre on Wednesday 23 August for their national tour, Frame of Mind.

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2017 program revealed

The second annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light will illuminate Alice Springs with extraordinary contemporary art by some of Central Australia’s most celebrated Aboriginal artists over 10 nights from Friday, 22 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017, as revealed in the new creative program announced today.

Alice Springs Desert Park launches new Living Desert Experience

Alice Springs Desert Park (ASDP) is inviting guests to share the knowledge, walk the land, and unlock the mystery of the desert with the park’s new Living Desert Experience – daily from 7:30am-9:30am.

The Portrait of a Senior Territorian concludes with the announcement of the People’s Choice Award

The Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award and exhibition has concluded for 2017 with the announcement of Penca Rafiqi as the winner of this year’s People’s Choice Award.

RENOVATION WORKS START AT FLYNN DRIVE HEALTH CENTRE

The Central Australia Health Service is advising clients and staff members that construction for a major renovation has started at the Flynn Drive Health Centre and a temporary change of access to some of the buildings may result.

We want your feedback in the 2017 School Survey!

Students, families and staff of Northern Territory schools are invited to participate in the 2017 School Survey, to provide valuable feedback on what schools are doing well and where they can improve.

Renovation works start at Flynn Drive Health Centre

The Central Australia Health Service is advising clients and staff members that construction for a major renovation has started at the Flynn Drive Health Centre and a temporary change of access to some of the buildings may result.

Regional Arts Fund (NT) Grants Now Open

The Department of Tourism and Culture is inviting Territory artists, arts organisations and groups to apply for up to $20,000 in funding as part of the Regional Arts Fund (RAF) program launching today.

Territory Wildlife Park launches new Croc HQ

The Territory Wildlife Park (TWP) has today launched Stage One of CROC HEADQUARTERS – a new interpretative education hub on Crocodiles.

Volunteers needed to help illuminate Parrtjima – A Festival in Light

The Northern Territory Government is calling for volunteers to help bring to life the second annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light in Alice Springs from Friday, 22 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017.

Travel subsidy helps NT Aboriginal child care workers attend national conference

Two staff from the NPY Women’s Council in Alice Springs are the first Northern Territory Indigenous child care workers to be awarded a travel subsidy to attend their national conference in Canberra next month.

Three suspected cases of mumps at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre

Yesterday (3 August 2017) three young people at the Don Dale Detention Centre were diagnosed with suspected mumps.

Full moon to bring out biting midges

It’s the biting midge season again, and numbers are expected to rise around the full moon next week. Highest numbers are expected three days before and after each full and new moon until December.

Indigenous Employment Provisional Sum (IEPS) policy suspended

The Department on Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) has referred matters of alleged misuse of the Indigenous Employment Provisional Sum (IEPS) policy to Northern Territory Police.

Pesona Indonesia – Saturday 5 August

Experience Indonesia’s rich culture through food, entertainment and music this Saturday at Pesona Indonesia at the Darwin Waterfront from 4pm to 8.30pm.

Berry Springs open for in-water activities

The Department of Tourism and Culture’s Parks and Wildlife Division has advised that Berry Springs Nature Park is open for swimming, as of 8:00am today - Thursday 03 August 2017.

The flu is on its way. Get vaccinated now, before it is too late.

A recent increase in Influenza around the country is now starting to be seen in the Northern Territory so the Department of Health is urging people to make sure they have their 2017 flu vaccination.

Araluen Arts Centre presents a new production from Opera Australia

The Araluen Arts Centre is pleased to present a never seen before production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, when Opera Australia tours regional Australia.

A new playground for the Darwin Waterfront

A playground will be added to the growing list of exciting offers and things to do at the Darwin Waterfront.

Department of Tourism and Culture Golden Ticket up for grabs at Show

Show-goers in Darwin could win a special “Golden Ticket” just by visiting the Department of Tourism and Culture stand in the Parks and Wildlife Commission marquee this long weekend.

Regional forums commence on review of signage and activities in NT Government road reserves

Regional forums will commence today as the Northern Territory Government seeks community feedback on how signage and activities in road reserves could be better managed to minimise hazards to road users, while establishing fair rules about signage and other activities to support business and enterprising individuals.

Ceiling fans at Darwin Correctional Centre

NT Correctional Services has investigated safety issues relating to the ceiling fans in the DCC accommodation blocks, taking into account the contribution made by the fans to the general comfort of prisoners.

Have your say about parking at Cullen Bay

The Northern Territory Government is inviting community feedback on car parking at the Cullen Bay precinct to help shine a light on how motorists use the available parking and to address current and future parking demand.

Sea Rangers and Traditional Owners rescue a stranded False Killer Whale at Groote Eylandt

A false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) has been stranded and rescued in Top End waters for the first time.

Katherine Town Water Supply and PFAS Testing Results

• Last year, the Australian Department of Defence notified the NT Government of the presence of PFAS at some Defence bases – including Tindal • Results for the testing of PFAS in the Katherine town water supply are published online at: www.powerwater.com.au/networks_and_infrastructure/water_services/pfas • Power and Water conducts water testing on a weekly basis at a number of sites within the Katherine public water supply system. These are published as a rolling monthly average and show the levels of PFAS in the water supply remain below the Health Based Guideline Values (HBGV). • Four tests have exceeded the Health Based Guidance Values since testing began in November 2016 and these fluctuations will likely continue. • The Federal Chief Medical Officer and Northern Territory Chief Health Officer have confirmed the water is safe to drink as the PFAS HBGV is a ‘whole of life’ consumption measure with a safety factor of 30 built into it.

Territory Arts investment reinforced in National survey

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the findings for the third National Arts Participation Survey and the results show Territorians place a high value on arts and culture.

The Johnny Cash Story comes to the Araluen Arts Centre

The Araluen Arts Centre is excited to present Cash: The Legend, a musical tribute to country superstar Johnny Cash.

Ti Tree declared fruit fly free

Queensland fruit fly has been successfully eradicated from the Ti Tree and Rocky Hill exclusion zone.

Statement regarding BushMob and the Loves Creek youth wilderness camp

BushMob notified Territory Families on Tuesday of its intention to withdraw from delivering early intervention youth programs from the Love’s Creek facility in Alice Springs.

Consumer Warning - Footy fans urged to buy tickets from official website

Territorian’s heading to the Melbourne Demons v Adelaide Crows game in Darwin on July 15 have been urged to only purchase tickets from NTix.

The Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award opens in Darwin

The Araluen Arts Centre presents the annual Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award at the Darwin Entertainment Centre from July 8 to August 4.

Bush Tomato Named After Alice Springs Botanist

A team of American botanists has named a rare and mysterious bush tomato species after one of their Australian counterparts.

Department of Tourism and Culture Golden Ticket up for grabs at Show

Show-goers in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek could win a Golden Ticket to some of the hottest events, valid until the end of the year, just by visiting the Department of Tourism and Culture stand in the Parks and Wildlife Commission shed.

The Territory’s first NRM Champions Announced

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has congratulated Dustin Hutley and Stephani Grove on their selection as the Territory’s first Natural Resource Management (NRM) Champions.

Better Air Quality Monitoring in Darwin

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has welcomed a $250,000 investment by the INPEX-operated LNG Project towards better air quality monitoring in Darwin.

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Unearthing Arable Soil in the Top End and Red Centre

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) today released two new reports, in a series that identifies arable soils in key horticultural regions in the Territory.

An update on the NT Pensioner Concession Scheme Review

The Northern Territory Government is undertaking a review of the Northern Territory Pensioner Concession Scheme. Due to concerns expressed by some seniors, the Department would like to provide an update on the process for consultation, and clarify some misunderstandings.

Don’t be a casualty this Territory Day

Territory Day is a time of celebration and fun however every year a small number of people suffer serious and often lasting injuries from firework related injuries.

Director of the Aboriginal Interpreter Service named Top End Patron for NAIDOC Week

Colleen Rosas, Director of the Aboriginal Interpreter Service, has been announced as the patron for this year’s NAIDOC Week celebrations in the Top End.

Celebrate NAIDOC Week at the Alice Springs Desert Park

The Alice Springs Desert Park is running a special program for NAIDOC Week from the 2-9 July.

Winner announced for the Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award 2017

The Chief Minister today presented Mr Stuart Traynor with a $1000 cash prize as the winner of the 2017 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award at a presentation ceremony at the Northern Territory Library, Parliament House.

Alice Springs artist showcases what it means to live Here in Central Australia

The Araluen Arts Centre proudly presents Here, an exhibition of new paintings by Alice Springs artist Sarah Brown.