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Rum Jungle Environmental Impact Statement open for comment

The Northern Territory Government has lodged a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the rehabilitation of the former Rum Jungle Mine site. Stakeholders and members of the public are invited to comment on the draft EIS during a six-week period from 25 January to 6 March 2020.

Applications open for NTIS Officiating Development Program Round 2

Territory sporting organisations looking to upskill their officiating workforce are encouraged to apply for the second round of the Northern Territory Institute of Sport’s Officiating Development Program 2019-20.

Celebrating National Corrections Day

More than 800 NT Correctional Services men and women are being recognised today for their work to help keep NT communities safer as a part of National Corrections Day. These quiet achievers work with many offenders with some of the most challenging and complex needs at the Northern Territory’s four custodial facilities and in the community with people on supervision orders.

Media Alert - National Corrections Day 2020

Media are invited to attend National Corrections Day events at the Darwin Correctional Precinct and the Alice Springs Correctional Centre including presentations of employee awards and activities for families. National Corrections Day pays tribute to correctional services employees throughout Australia and recognises the wide variety and often challenging work they do to support safer communities.

The rains have started, be aware of melioidosis

Everyone in the Top End, including residents, travellers and visitors, needs to be aware that recent rains have increased the threat of the potentially deadly disease, Melioidosis.

Two weeks left to apply for Rural Women’s awards

Could 2020 be your year to shine? There is only two weeks left to apply for the AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Awards.

Mosquito activity to increase following monsoonal rain

Residents along the northern NT coast are encouraged to protect themselves from mosquito bites, with mosquito numbers expected to increase following heavy rainfall and high tides associated with the monsoon.

Support bushfire-affected communities this Australia Day at the Darwin Waterfront

Every dollar from every ticket sale into the Wave Lagoon over the Australia Day long weekend (25 to 27 January 2020) will be donated to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery to support communities affected by bushfires across the country.

Local fisho kicks off 2020 by reeling in a $10k catch

Darwin resident Jamie Cooper has become the first fisho of the decade to reel in a tagged Barra worth $10,000 as part of Million Dollar Fish Season 5.

Fun is free these school holidays at the Darwin Waterfront

Get the kids out of the house and down to the Darwin Waterfront these school holidays with an exciting three-week program of free activities offered every weekday from 10am.

233 saltwater crocodiles removed from NT waterways last year

The Parks and Wildlife Crocodile Management Unit removed 233 saltwater crocodiles from Territory waterways during 2019.

Fireworks are for people, not pets!

Fireworks are a fun and exciting way to see in the New Year, but for pets they can be extremely stressful.

Bootu Creek prepares for recommencement of in-pit mining

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) has signed a variation to the authorisation which establishes the conditions for OM Holdings to recommence some in-pit mining at Bootu Creek.

Top Ten Insta-hits of 2019

A photo of Longitude 131°, the luxury wilderness camp just outside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, was the most liked image on Tourism NT’s Instagram channel @NTaustralia for 2019.

Measles Alert

Territorians are being warned to be alert for measles and get immunised, following confirmation of a further case of this highly contagious disease in Darwin.

Cool it! Dogs don’t belong in hot cars

With extremely hot temperatures being felt currently, spare a thought for our best fur friends and the heat they’re experiencing.


Extreme heat conditions are forecast for much of the Northern Territory in coming days. NT Health encourages all residents and visitors to take appropriate precautions to avoid heat stress (also known as heat stroke) and dehydration.

Influenza Spike in Central Australia

Central Australians are being urged to protect themselves against influenza even though it is late in the flu season.

Pop-up art exhibition at the Territory Wildlife Park

A pop-up exhibition featuring a collection of paintings by Alicia Hart, one of eight artists who completed the 2019 Artists in the Park (AiP) residency program, officially opens today at the Territory Wildlife Park.

2019 Portrait of a Senior Territorian People’s Choice Award Winner

The 2019 Portrait of a Senior Territorian has concluded with Peter Turner awarded the People’s Choice Award for his portrait titled Man of Country.

Don’t let food poisoning ruin your festive fun!

With a host of family gatherings, parties and barbeques with mates and work colleagues over the festive season, it is important to follow food safety tips to avoid your family members, friends or other guests getting food poisoning and ruining Christmas!

Ruby Gap Nature Park Draft Joint Management Plan out for comment

The NT Government and Traditional Owners have developed a draft Joint Management Plan for Ruby Gap Nature Park, which is now open for public comment.

Improving the visitor experience: Window on the Wetlands gets new air-con

The Window on the Wetlands (WoW) Visitor Centre will offer an improved experience for visitors once a new air-con system is installed.

Viking Orion to overnight in Darwin

The Viking Orion will overnight in Darwin tonight with an influx of tourists visiting the region, providing a boost to the economy over the tropical summer.

All Aboard the Christmas Train in the Gardens

Experience the magic of Christmas at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens with the much-loved train returning to take passengers on a magical Christmas journey.

Prepare your pets for cyclone season

It’s officially cyclone season and that means now is the time to start getting prepared for extreme weather during the wet season.

New national guide to improve safety of road workers and users in the NT

The Territory Government has welcomed the launch of the Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management (AGTTM) this week.

Holiday activities at Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs Desert Park is turning on the sparkle this holiday period with a festive program to help children discover, create and connect with nature.

Free interactive NT park maps now available on mobile phones

Visitors to Northern Territory parks can now take an interactive park map with them on their mobile phone to help them stay safe and on track.


Launch of the Elders and Mentors Program at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre



2nd Annual Buy Local Plan Compliance Report

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

Be snake wise!

Snakes are on the move in the NT. While the peak activity period runs from September to April, they are always a danger.

Palmerston Groundwater Study

The Water Resources Division within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to undertake groundwater sampling in Marlow Lagoon and Bellamack.

Michael Smith’s Great Adventure, In Conversation

Internationally-renowned adventurer Michael Smith will share thrilling travel and flying stories at an 'In Conversation' event on Wednesday, 11 December at 7.30pm at the Darwin Entertainment Centre.

Travelling these school holidays? Don’t let measles spoil your fun

Territorians are being reminded to ensure they are fully immunised against measles before travelling over the school holiday period, as cases continue to occur in Australia and much of the rest of the world.

Flights on sale as the Top End stars in The Amazing Race Australia

Millions of viewers across Australia tuned in to watch The Amazing Race Australia finale as the final three teams including the Territory’s own Deadly Duo Jasmin & Jerome rushed to the finish line in the Top End.

Northern Territory Public Sector Superannuation Entitlements

The Commissioner for Public Employment Ms Vicki Telfer announced today that the Northern Territory Government Department of Corporate and Information Services (DCIS) has recently identified it has been underpaying and overpaying some superannuation entitlements for staff for periods of up to 10 years.

Central Australian Fire Season Commencement

Bushfires NT today joined the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service at their Alice Springs headquarters to announce the commencement of the 2019 Central Australian Fire Danger Period, marking the official start of the fire season.

High salt marsh mosquito numbers increase Ross River virus risk

The Top End Health Service is urging people to protect themselves from salt marsh mosquitoes, as they can transmit the Ross River virus (RRV). High mosquito numbers in NT coastal areas are expected to persist from 6 December for around 10 days.

Protecting Katherine’s future: contract awarded for Katherine flood mitigation design

The Territory Government is progressing the Katherine Flood Mitigation project with a contract awarded to Cardno (NT) Pty Ltd for $298,080 to deliver a detailed design for flood mitigating embankments and wall levees, to better protect Katherine properties against flooding.

Top End showcased in The Amazing Race Australia Finale tonight

The majestic Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge is set to star in The Amazing Race Australia tonight as the final three team’s race to the finish line for the much-anticipated finale.

Screen Territory Grants Announced and Round 2 Now Open

The 2019/20 Screen Territory Grants Program Round 1 recipients have been named and the second round of funding is now open.

2019 Gamba Action Program Launched

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources today launched the 2019 Gamba Action Program (GAP) in Darwin and Katherine.

Stay out of pipes and drains and cool off in the Wave Pool

Territorians are being urged to stay out of pipes and drains this wet season and hit the wave pool instead as part of a competition by the NT Government, Royal Life Saving Society NT and the Darwin Waterfront.

ICAC issues whistleblower protection guidance

The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) Ken Fleming QC has today issued whistleblower protection guidelines for public bodies and public officers.

NTMEC secures Guinness World Record in honour of Great Air Race

Students from seven Darwin schools have officially set a Guinness World Record for the most people making paper aircrafts simultaneously at multiple venues.

Protecting the NT from African Swine Fever

With African swine fever (ASF) confirmed in Timor-Leste, the Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) has been working with community and industry to help keep Australia free of the disease, including developing a suite of in-language information materials.

Central Australia to host NRL stars for Community Training Camp

Rugby League fans in the Red Centre will have the chance to meet their NRL heroes as part of a Parramatta Eels Club Community Training Camp being held in Alice Springs from Tuesday, 26 to Friday, 29 November.

Bees Creek resident $10,000 richer after bagging prize-tagged Barra

The third $10,000 tagged fish has been captured as part of Million Dollar Fish Season 5, with Territorian Daniel Klingner reeling in the prized catch off Mandorah Jetty.