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Open Day at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

Join in the free fun and festivities tomorrow at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

NT Delegation Heads to China for Inaugural Donghai Flight Ceremony

A Northern Territory delegation will travel to China from 27 to 30 May as part of the Donghai Airlines, inaugural flight ceremony.

Taiwan-Australia Artists in Residence announced

The Department of Tourism and Culture is today congratulating dancer and choreographer, Rachael Wallis of Nhulunbuy in North-East Arnhem Land, and Paiwan singer Mei-Chuan Sang of Taiwan, as the successful recipients of the 2018 Taiwan-Australia Indigenous Artist in Residence program.

Discover the Northern Territory Library online

The Northern Territory Library has launched its new website making it even easier for users to discover more about the Territory’s unique history and culture.

2018 Waterfowl Survey

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has completed its 2018 waterfowl survey ahead of this year’s waterfowl hunting season.

New Volunteer Program at Royal Darwin Hospital

Members of the community wishing to volunteer at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) will now have the opportunity to do so, with the launch of a new Top End Health Service Volunteer Program today.

Australian children’s classic comes to life in interactive stage show

The Department of Tourism and Culture’s Araluen Arts Centre is pleased to present Creature, a stunning digital stage re-imagining of the classic Australian story, Dot and the Kangaroo.

New citrus canker restrictions in place

The Northern Territory Government has today gazetted new restrictions to control the spread of citrus canker.

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Government representatives travel to US to better understand shale gas regulation

Two Northern Territory Government representatives will travel to the United States (US) today with Primary Industry and Resources Minister Ken Vowles.

A blast from the past through Back to Morse Week

Take a trip back in time during Back to Morse Week at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station.

Top End Air Quality

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) is advising Top End residents that air quality is likely to remain poor during the next few days due to local fire activity and the onset of cooler weather.

Camping has not been banned at Noonamah Rodeo

Senior officials from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics will meet with the organisers of the Noonamah Rodeo again today to get a safe camping solution for the event.

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Open Day and Markets

The annual Alice Springs Telegraph Station free Open Day and Markets is on this Sunday, 20 May from 9:30am to 1pm.

Container Deposit Scheme Review Update

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) today thanked the hundreds of Territorians who have had their say on the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS).

Darwin showcased as leading Business Events Destination

The renowned ‘Meet Darwin’ familiarisation event, an annual collaboration between the Department of Tourism and Culture’s NT Convention Bureau (NTCB) and Darwin Convention Centre designed to showcase Darwin as a leading business events destination will be held from 17-20 May 2018.

New machine brings sole to the Alice Springs Hospital

The Central Australia Health Service’s Podiatry, Prosthetics and Orthotics department at the Alice Springs Hospital recently acquired an Orthema CAD/CAM Orthotic fabrication system. The technology will help to cut down the time it takes to prescribe and manufacture custom made foot orthoses for people suffering from foot problems requiring Prosthetic or Podiatry care.

The Araluen Arts Centre presents Undiscovered – Photographic works by Michael Cook

Araluen Arts Centre is proud to host an intimate touring exhibition of photographic works entitled Undiscovered – Photographic works by Michael Cook with the celebrated Aboriginal artist Michael Cook set to attend the official opening this Friday 18 May at 6pm.

Sanctions accepted over residential construction fall

A Darwin construction company and its director will have charges withdrawn after NT WorkSafe accepted their proposed enforceable undertaking.

A piece of history recovered

The Central Australia Health Service has recovered the Tennant Creek Hospital dedication plaque, which went missing during hospital renovations some years ago.

Increasing support to our Territory Public Libraries

The NT Government has increased support for the Territory’s public library services through a new five-year Public Library Funding Agreement to continue the successful partnership with local government in the delivery of these services.


Two lucky Territorians have each gone home with a $500 boating accessory voucher.

Our Town’s bush celebrities debut in Qantas Entertainment Original

A selection of Central Australia’s most beloved ‘bush characters’ are set to help drive tourism to the region and increase awareness about the diversity of tourism product thanks to the launch of a new Qantas Entertainment Original pilot series; Our Town.

Attempted Escape at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre

Yesterday (8 May 2018), at approximately 5.30pm a group of young people at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre attempted escape.

Neonatal transport in the Top End looking bright

The Royal Darwin Hospital’s new neonatal transport team and the transport team from the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne have collaborated to save the life of a critically ill baby from the Top End.

Territory students take on the world's best cattle leaders

Nine Territory students will be showing off their cattle handling and junior judging skills as they compete at Australia’s largest cattle industry expo in Rockhampton this week.

Australia’s best-loved playwright presents one-woman show at the Araluen Arts Centre

The Department of Tourism and Culture’s Araluen Arts Centre presents the funny, and big-hearted Hello, Beautiful!, performed by one of Australia’s best-loved playwrights, Hannie Rayson.

2018 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards finalists announced

Congratulations to the nominees and finalists in the 2018 Northern Territory Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

Precautionary Advice for Drinking Water Cancelled for Garawa One

The Garawa One water supply is once again safe to drink.

Charges laid over Darwin musician’s death

NT WorkSafe has charged the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) and Queensland based construction company BMD Constructions Pty Ltd over the death of a Darwin musician.

Citrus canker response update

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) is continuing work to trace citrus plants that may have been infected with citrus canker, and is working to re-establish interstate trade of citrus fruit, leaves and nursery stock out of the Northern Territory.

Murray Valley encephalitis warning extends to Central Australia

Residents in Central Australia as well as the rest of the Territory are being urged to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, as Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) and Kunjin virus activity has presumptively been detected in the Centre.

Mother's Day Saltwater Craft Fair - Sat 5 May

To mark our very first event for the dry season, the Mother’s Day Saltwater Craft Fair returns for another year on Saturday 5 May 2018.


Upgrade works have been completed on the first two houses in the Bagot community this week

Alice Springs takes doubleheader at 2018 Battle of the School Bands

Alice Springs’ Centralian Senior College students will rock out at the BASSINTHEGRASS festival in Darwin next month after taking out the NT Music School’s 2018 Battle of the School Bands grand finale.

Millennials Out of Office in the NT

Brilliantly talented comedienne Tanya Hennessey, radio presenter Michael Beveridge, and Pedestrian.TV’s lifestyle editor Lucinda Price form part of Tourism NT’s latest arsenal in its Out of Office millennial tourism marketing campaign.

Get vaccinated to protect yourself from influenza

This season’s influenza vaccine is now available and health authorities are urging everyone to get vaccinated.

National Road Safety Week - Lets Work Towards Zero Deaths and Serious Injuries On Our Roads

18 people have already lost their lives on Territory roads this year.

New nurses commence their careers in the Top End

Twenty six new nurses will hit the ground running across the Territory this month, after graduating from the Top End Health Service (TEHS) Graduate Nurse Program.

NTAS safeguards the Territory’s history for future growth

A co-funded project between the Department of Tourism and Culture’s Northern Territory Archives Services and the Department of Corporate Information Services, will bolster the archival record storage capacity for further expansion and safeguard collections into the future.

Japanese travel agents tour Top End in readiness for charter flights to the NT

Sixteen front-line travel agents from JTB World Vacations, the largest Japanese travel wholesaler, have experienced some of the best Top End tourist sites and attractions in readiness for the forthcoming JTB Charter Flight program commencing in the NT later this year.

Call for support for sexual violence survivors

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and each one of us is encouraged to look out for different ways of support for sexual violence survivors. The support provided can be multifaceted and take different forms but it can be instrumental on the road to recovery and healing.

The Sixteenth Largest Superyacht in the world visits Darwin today

Darwin will see the return of the exclusive Mega Yacht Octopus when it arrives to Darwin Harbour, expected to be viewed from Stokes Hill Wharf today, until Saturday 28 April 2018

Restricted movement of Citrus

Interstate trading partners have taken steps to restrict movement of citrus canker hosts (including fruit, plants and plant material) from the Northern Territory as a temporary measure to minimise any risk of spread, following the suspected detection of Citrus Canker. The Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) continues to work closely with industry and the community to manage the risk of citrus canker and to eradicate the disease.

Ntaria students ride for ANZACS

Twenty-five Ntaria School students have travelled 125 kilometres of Western Aranda country on horseback, to ride in the Alice Springs ANZAC Parade tomorrow 25 April 2018.

Hepatitis A case: reminder to Territorians to throw out frozen pomegranates

Territorians are reminded to throw out any packets of Creative Gourmet brand frozen pomegranates they have after a Darwin resident was recently diagnosed with hepatitis A, most likely acquired from the product.

Barnardos Mother of the Year NT 2018 announced

Territory Families congratulates Mrs Jennie Ryan, who was today announced as the Barnardos Mother of the Year NT 2018 and Ms Sandra Peirce who was named runner up.

Update: Precautionary drinking water advice - Garawa

Power and Water Corporation has advised the Department of Health that routine testing of the Garawa community water supply identified that one sampling point in Garawa 1 had returned an elevated level of lead and one sampling site in Garawa 2 had returned an elevated level of lead and manganese.

Asbestos discovered at the Warren Park construction site

Asbestos has been discovered at the Warren Park construction site in Marrara.

Top End warned to cover up following Murray Valley encephalitis case

Top End residents and visitors are urged to cover up against mosquitoes following a recent case of Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) acquired in a remote Arnhem Land community.