Northern Territory Government Newsroom

Media Releases

Browsing Ant Surveillance Update & Media Alert

Following the positive identification of browsing ants on 6th August 2015 within a secure section of Darwin Port, the Department of Agriculture and NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries have now identified browsing ant on a further two sites in nearby areas. Browsing ants (Lepisiota frauenfeldi) are exotic and have not established in Australia. They form large colonies and eat and displace native ant species, as well as other insects in the infested area. They are not harmful to humans. Following the first detection, the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries conducted comprehensive surveillance on 14 sites where freight and containers had been moved to, including both visual surveillance and the use of ant baits to attract and identify browsing ants. This identified potential colonies at two additional locations.

New guidelines to streamline development approval process

The Department of Transport has cut red tape by streamlining the development approval process, with the release of the Development Guidelines for Northern Territory Controlled Roads.

Have your say on the future development of our roads and bridges

The Department of Transport is calling for community and industry groups to have their input into the draft Roads and Bridges Strategy before Monday 14 September 2015.

Biting midge numbers to rise with full moon

Biting midges will be out in high numbers from 27 August to 2 September coinciding with the full moon.

Team work the key to protecting NT livestock- food safety standards

The Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries is working closely with the Department of Mines and Energy and the Northern Territory cattle industry after three mine sites across the Territory were found to have cattle on them. The Northern Territory’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Malcolm Anderson from the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries (DPIF) said the Northern Territory Government takes the NT’s reputation as a producer of clean, safe food extremely seriously. “In the last 12 months our department has been notified by the Department of Mines and Energy of three mine sites located in the Roper Gulf and Barkly regions that cattle may be able to access.

A-League Comes to Darwin

Coaches and players from Adelaide United and Melbourne City will be available for an interview and picture and vision opportunities today

NT EPA calls for further action on AACo foul odours

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) continues to receive regular complaints of foul odours emanating from the Northern Australia Beef Limited’s (Australian Agricultural Company (AACo)) abattoir at Livingstone, located on the Stuart Highway.

Consultation shapes new Holtze Area Plan

Following a six-week period of extensive community consultation, the Northern Territory Planning Commission has made a number of changes to the draft Holtze Area Plan.

Lots of activities at the Red Centre Bird Festival

The 2015 Red Centre Bird Festival is full of fabulous activities that will keep all bird lovers entertained.

Birdwatching tag along tour last event of weeklong Red Centre Bird Festival

The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT (PWCNT) and local bird watching experts from the Birdlife Central Australia group will run the last event of this year’s weeklong Red Centre Bird Festival 2015 – a birdwatching tag along tour at the Owen Springs Reserve on Sunday 23 August.

Araluen Arts Centre first ever cabaret festival ‘Cabaret Nights’!

The Araluen Arts Centre presents its first ever cabaret festival, Cabaret Nights, under lights in August.

Water quality testing at Tennant Creek Hospital

Central Australia Health Service advises that low levels of legionella bacteria have been found during routine water sampling at Tennant Creek Hospital.

Jukuja Dolly Snell wins the 2015 Telstra Art Award

Western Australian artist Jukuja Dolly Snell is the winner of Australia’s most prestigious Indigenous art prize for 2015.

Write a winning grant or funding application

Territory Businesses and not for profit organisations can register now for free grant writing workshops.

Influenza on the rise

The NT Department of Health is issuing a warning to Territorians that the flu season is just around the corner.

Upskill your business skills

Territory Businesses can register now for free workshops to help them grow their own skills and develop their business.

Banana Freckle Creates Buzz

The National Banana Freckle Eradication Program is buzzing people’s pockets to stop the spread of Banana Freckle in the Northern Territory. The Program is sending short SMS messages to people in Red Zones asking if their banana plants have regrown Kevin Cooper, State Coordinator, says SMS is one of the most effective ways to contact busy people in the NT. “If you live in a Red Zone and had banana plants destroyed in Phase 1 of the Eradication program, you may receive an SMS message asking if your banana plants have regrown,” Mr Cooper said. “We need to know if your banana plants have or have not regrown, so we are making it as easy as possible for people to get this information to us.

Partnerships support strong Cyclone rebuilding progress

Strong progress is being made on the rebuilding program in Galiwin’ku, Milingimbi and Ramingining and regional homelands after the devastation of Cyclone Lam earlier this year.

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Minister for Business Peter Styles will announce eighty-five community groups receiving grants through the Community Benefit Fund.

NT EPA leads prosecution of Redbank

The attached complaint has been laid on behalf of the NT EPA (with the consent of the Controller of Water Resources) against Redbank Operations Pty Ltd ("Redbank").

If you’d say yes to a life-saving transplant, have you said yes to becoming an organ and tissue donor?

Territorians are being reminded to discuss their organ donation wishes with their family during DonateLife Week this week.

Heritage Talk at Owen Springs Reserve

Visitors and locals are invited to a free heritage talk being held at the Old Owen Springs Homestead ruins in Owen Springs Reserve, Sunday 16 August.

NTIS puts kids through their paces to identify future on and off field stars

The best performances on Monday’s Picnic Day public holiday in Darwin won’t necessarily come from the thoroughbreds at Fannie Bay, with more than 40 youngsters displaying their sprinting, throwing and leaping potential at a talent identification day at the Northern Territory Institute of Sport.

Health and fitness; a new focus at the Darwin Waterfront

Top End Nutrition is bringing health, fitness and well-being to the Darwin Waterfront.

Pesona Indonesia – Saturday 1 August 2015

The Darwin Waterfront will be transformed into an Indonesian extravaganza this Saturday, 1 August 2015, from 4pm to 8.30pm.

Illegal Wildfires – Public Assistance Sought

Bushfires NT is urging anyone with information about suspicious wildfires in the Top End to dob in a firebug.

Dark Science

Please find attached a Screen Territory and NITV joint media release about a new Micro-Docs Science Documentary Initiative called Dark Science.

Become a Birdwatcher!

Join a Parks and Wildlife Commission NT ranger on a beginner’s guide to bird watching, and discover another fun way to get out and about in nature.

Learn how to maximise your club’s use of NT Government sports funding

Does your club want to equip itself better to attract more members? Would your club like to increase its junior membership more effectively through the Sport Voucher scheme? Which grants programs can your club apply for and where do you even start?

Opera Australia at Araluen Arts Centre

The Magic Flute has received a makeover by Opera Australia, becoming an Indiana Jones inspired tale of adventure with its next stop at the Araluen Arts Centre.

World Hepatitis Day

In the lead up to World Hepatitis Day on Tuesday 28 July, the Northern Territory Government has made available funding to expand hepatitis B vaccination among Indigenous Territorians.

Cranky Bear at Araluen Arts Centre

Patch Theatre Company brings Territory artist Nick Bland’s popular children’s picture book The Very Cranky Bear to life at the Araluen Arts Centre.

Arltunga Historical Reserve

The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) has closed the MacDonnell Range Reef Mine Self Guided Walk until further notice.

NTPS employees generosity, breaks record again

Last financial year Northern Territory Public Sector (NTPS) staff gave generously through the Payroll Giving Program, donating a record breaking $76,904 to charity.

Safety first at the Royal Darwin Show

NT WorkSafe were amongst the first to see the sights and sounds at the Royal Darwin Show, as Workplace Safety Inspectors conducted safety checks before the gates opened to the public today.

Captain Starlight to spread magic in Central Australia

Captain Starlight will this week return to Central Australia to improve the wellbeing of children living in regional and remote areas.

Consumer Affairs issues a warning about ‘Supernatural Healer’

A public warning has been issued to consumers by the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, Gary Clements, to exercise caution when dealing with Colin Thompson trading as Esoteric Mind Specialist and The Addiction Doctor.

Pedal the Park

Make the most of the winter weather and join a Parks and Wildlife Commission NT ranger on a guided bike ride along the Simpsons Gap Bike Path.

Suspension of Real Estate Agent Licences

The Agents Licensing Board has suspended the real estate agent’s licences of Your Real Estate (NT) and Manoli Karpasitis.

Parkinsonia biocontrol establishment underway

The establishment of a tiny South American moth as the latest weapon against an invasive weed is showing signs of success in parts of the Northern Territory.

Darwin Waterfront’s new Oyster Bar

The Darwin Waterfront is excited to welcome its newest restaurant; the Oyster Bar Darwin.

Indigenous Languages Resources Launched

The Northern Territory Department of Correctional Services (NTDCS) Commissioner, Ken Middlebrook and Supreme Court Judge, the Hon Stephen Southwood, officially launched a new interactive tool, Indigenous Language Resources, at an event held at the Mantra Pandanus in Darwin on Thursday, 2 July 2015.

Geology talks at Ormiston Gorge

Locals and visitors are invited to learn more about the natural values of the central Australian ranges through an informative talk at Ormiston Gorge.

Myrtle rust detected on the Tiwi Islands

Myrtle rust was detected on Melville Island on 15 May, 2015. The initial identification was made by the Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) team as part of their annual plant survey on the Tiwi Islands. Myrtle rust has been in Australia since it was first detected in New South Wales in 2010 and subsequently in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. It is not known how myrtle rust entered Australia.

Faye Alexander first solo exhibition at Araluen Arts Centre

Alice Springs artist Faye Alexander exhibits her delicate and elegant sculptural works at Araluen Arts Centre this July.

2015 NT Training Awards: Tickets on sale now

2015 marks 60 years of celebrating excellence in vocational education and training in the Northern Territory through the annual NT Training Awards. Tickets are now on sale for the Northern Territory Training Awards gala ball on 29 August 2015 at the Darwin Convention Centre.

Don't be a casualty - have a safe Territory Day

Territory Day is a time of celebration however every year some people suffer serious and possibly life changing injuries from firework related harm.

Be clean and safe this Territory Day

Territorians are urged to be responsible with fireworks this Territory Day and pick up their rubbish.

Road named in honour of long serving officer

The Department of Correctional Services has today officially named the main road leading into the Darwin Correctional Centre at Holtze as ‘Nuku Road’, after long serving correctional officer and Darwin sports identity Paul Nuku.

Camp Elcho residents in better housing while rebuild continues

In Galiwin’ku, more than 80 homes were severely damaged or damaged beyond repair after Cyclone Lam hit their community in February this year.