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Local clubs benefit from Officiating grants

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.

Indigenous Arts Exchange with Taiwan

A new Artist in Residence Exchange program between Australian and Tawainese Indigenous artists was formalised this month with the signing of a Memorandum of Collaboration at the Council for Indigenous Peoples building in Taiwan.

Palmerston club wins national award for youth initiatives

Last night, the national spotlight was cast on Palmerston and a hugely successful basketball program for young people. The Palmerston and Regional Basketball Association (PaRBA) was awarded the crown of Good Sport Club of the Year at a special event in Melbourne at both the national and Northern Territory levels. Good Sports is an arm of the National Alcohol and Drug Foundation and aims to help sporting clubs provide a safe and inclusive environment.

Sidney Nolan Central Australian Masterpiece Acquired by Araluen Arts Centre

The Araluen Arts Centre has acquired an iconic Central Australian landscape artwork by Sir Sidney Nolan from the international auction house Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers as part of one of the most significant auctions of Sidney Nolan’s works to go under the hammer.

Rubber Bush Chemical Control Trials Show Mixed Results

The exotic weedy shrub rubber bush (Calotropis procera) poses increasing risk to valuable grazing land across northern Australia.

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.