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Leanyer Recreation Park Family Fun Day

The Northern Territory Government is kicking off the Dry Season with a free Family Fun Day at Leanyer Recreation Park on Saturday, 6 May.

The Recreation Lagoon has reopened

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation has reopened the Recreation Lagoon for swimming.


Teachers, students, parents and carers are advised that school bus route 240 (am) will be combined with route 235 (am).

Expressions of interest now open for former Katherine Sport and Recreation Club

The registration period is now open for the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the redevelopment of the former Katherine Sport and Recreation Club.

Prompting safety in Darwin

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the theme this year is Talk Early Talk Often.

Prompting safety in Darwin

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the theme this year is Talk Early Talk Often.

Therapy dogs bringing smiles to patients at RDH

For the very first time patients at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) will receive the ongoing benefits of therapy dog visits, with the introduction of a therapy dog program across the RDH campus.


Prosecution for Illegal Burial of Waste

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has welcomed a decision by the Darwin Local Court to fine the Breakthrough Group (NQ) Pty Ltd $65,000 plus victims levies after the demolition company was convicted for two offences under the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act.

Award winning filmmaker joins Screen Territory

Tourism and Culture Chief Executive Officer Alastair Shields today announced the appointment of award winning filmmaker Sally Ingleton to lead Screen Territory as its new Director starting from 29 May this year.

RDH staff weaving their way towards ending violence

Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) has pledged to weave 10,000 stars as part of the One Million Stars to End Violence Project, a global weaving project that engages communities from around the world in the conversation about ending violence.

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Tickets on Sale for the Darwin NRL clash between the Eels and Cowboys

Tickets are now on sale for the Round 14 NRL match between the Parramatta “Territory” Eel’s and the North Queensland Cowboys in Darwin on 10 June.

Fat Pigeon has taken out the eighth annual Battle of the School Bands

Fat Pigeon, a band made up of students from Sanderson Middle School, Casuarina Senior College and Darwin High School has taken out the ninth annual Battle of the School Bands contest in the final last night at Brown’s Mart Theatre.

Inspection of public housing properties for asbestos

The Department of Housing and Community Development is conducting an inspection of its properties built before 1983 to check for asbestos-containing material to update its asbestos database.

Second team of NT public servants to assist Queensland recovery

A second group of Northern Territory Public Sector staff will travel to Queensland to relieve colleagues who have assisted with recovery efforts following the affects of Cyclone Debbie.

Ntaria students acknowledge Indigenous servicemen – past and present

Ntaria School students have set off on the trip of a lifetime as they travel by horseback on a seven-day journey to ride in the Alice Springs ANZAC Parade on Tuesday 25 April.

Recreation Lagoon temporary closure

During routine water pump maintenance yesterday, unfiltered sea-water was inadvertently pumped into the Darwin Waterfront’s Recreation Lagoon. During water testing shortly after, two jellyfish specimens were found and the Recreation Lagoon is now closed.

Bombing of Darwin Commemorative Number Plates made available ahead of Anzac Day

The Department of Tourism and Culture, Acting Executive Director Arts and Museums, Patrick Gregory is encouraging Territorians to remember the 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin with the commemorative plate program now being extended just in time for Anzac Day.

World Class Drag Racing returns to rip apart the Top End

The news Northern Territory motorsport fans have been waiting for has been confirmed, with the Nitro Up North drag racing event set for July 21 and 22 at Hidden Valley Drag Strip in Darwin.

Relive history at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Open Day and Markets

The countdown is on for the annual Alice Springs Telegraph Station free Open Day and Markets on Sunday 23rd of April from 9:30am to 1pm.

Darwin Waterfront’s Easter Celebrations

The Darwin Waterfront’s egg-xcellent Easter Celebrations will take place on Saturday 15 April 2017 from 9am to 1pm.

Easter 2017 road closures across the Northern Territory

Wet season conditions continue to impact roads across the Northern Territory, with motorists urged to take care and know the road conditions before they head out for Easter this long weekend.

Get in Quick for the Gamba Action Program

The popular Gamba Action Program (GAP) to control the growth and spread of the invasive weed Gamba Grass through herbicide and spray equipment loans to landholders is set to close on 29 April 2017.

Don’t let food poisoning spoil your Easter

When preparing for the upcoming Easter celebrations the Department of Health is reminding Territorians to use simple safe food handling tips to avoid an unwanted case of food poisoning.

Don Dale Youth Detention Centre attempted escape

Two females on remand at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre attempted to escape from the Centre on Wednesday afternoon.

Hop to the Alice Springs Desert Park to celebrate with the Easter Bilby

The Alice Springs Desert Park is celebrating an extra-special Easter this weekend following the birth of a young female bilby.

Research opens up opportunities for African mahogany industry

A project to optimise value from African mahogany plantations has become the first Territory project to attract forest wood products industry R&D funding.

Thirsty? Zac is.

Darwin’s first local start-up bubble-tea, smoothie and juice bar, Thirsty Zac, will open in its doors at the Darwin Waterfront (next to Fiddler’s Green) in May 2017.

Don’t get sick from mozzies this Easter

Territorians and visitors planning outdoor activities this Easter long weekend are being reminded to protect themselves from mosquitoes.


A painting to be donated to the Central Australia Health Service by DonateLife NT shares the story of a kidney recipient’s journey through the transplant process.

Focus on Sexual Assault during April

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the aim is to break the silence around sexual assault.

Focus on Sexual Assault during April

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the aim is to break the silence around sexual assault.


A painting to be donated to the Central Australia Health Service by DonateLife NT shares the story of a kidney recipient’s journey through the transplant process.

NT artists chosen to participate in Asialink Residency

Two talented Territory artists have been chosen for the 2017 Asialink Residency Program.

Influenza vaccine now available

This season’s influenza vaccine is now available and health authorities are urging everyone to get vaccinated. Flu spreads easily and can cause severe disease especially in the young, elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions.

2017 Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award Winner Announced

Congratulations goes out to the three winners of this year’s Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award, being showcased in Alice Springs at the Araluen Arts Centre for the first time, followed by a showing in Darwin later this year.

Araluen Arts Centre presents critically-acclaimed contemporary ballet

The Araluen Arts Centre will host the Melbourne Ballet Company for the first time this month, when they present Arché, an original ballet based on the classic Swan Lake.

Territorians help with Queensland recovery

Eight Northern Territory Government staff will today (Monday) head to Queensland to assist with the recovery effort following Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the severe flooding.

Saltwater crocodile captures in 2017

The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) have trapped 114 saltwater crocodiles so far in 2017, more than double the 53 they had collected at this time last year.

BreastscreenNT Mobile Bus kicks off 2017 schedule

This week the BreastScreenNT Mobile Bus held free screening for women aged 50 to 74 years in Darwin City on the grounds of Parliament House.



Students get hands-on at health careers day

High school students from across Darwin will be given the opportunity to experience what it is like to work in the health sector at this year’s Interactive Careers Day at Royal Darwin Hospital.

Escape from Don Dale overnight

A search is underway for two young detainees, Josiah Binsaris aged 17 and Trey Mawson aged 17, who escaped from the Darwin Don Dale Youth Detention Centre last night. The escape occurred after detainees had been returned to their accommodation blocks in the early evening due to a heavy storm that was about to hit the area.

Alice Springs Desert Park FREE open day

The Alice Springs Desert Park is celebrating its birthday with a free open day on Sunday April 9.

Tourism NT supporting local operators to drive visitation in the Territory

Northern Territory tourism operators are being given the chance to update their marketing material with fresh images through a new Digital Assets Program.

2017 Brolga Award Nominations now open to Territory Tourism Operators

Nominations are now open to the Northern Territory’s premier tourism industry awards, the Brolgas. As the Territory’s official tourism awards program, the Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards recognise and encourage tourism businesses that strive for excellence in every area of their operation.

2016 Organ Donation and Transplantation Outcomes

In 2016, a record 1448 Australians received lifesaving transplants as a result of the generosity of 503 deceased organ donors whose families agreed to donation at the time of their loved one’s death.

Australian Pro Tour returns for the Alice Springs Tennis International

The Pro Tour Tennis International is returning to Alice Springs.

Date set for the 2017 Mitchell Street Mile

Australia’s richest middle distance race the Mitchell Street Mile is back for 2017.