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Thailand Grand Festival at the Darwin Waterfront

The Darwin Waterfront will be bursting with Thai culture tomorrow evening from 4pm to 10pm with the Thailand Grand Festival.

Tropical Cyclone Trevor hardship payments closing Friday

For the information of households in Borroloola, Ngukurr, Numbulwar, Milyakburrra, Groote Eylandt and Robinson River affected by Tropical Cyclone Trevor.

Early influenza season in Central Australia

The 2019 flu season has arrived early in Central Australia, with increasing numbers of cases being reported over the past three weeks.

Plenty to do in our Parks and Reserves this Easter

Escape the holiday boredom and discover what nature has to offer at our Parks and Reserves over the Easter long weekend.

Jumping Roo to Welcome You at Alice Springs Airport

A new Jumping Roo display is welcoming passengers to Alice Springs Airport, promoting tourism experiences and products in the region.

Good news for kaffir lime leaf growers

Commercial kaffir lime leaf growers can now transport kaffir lime leaves to interstate markets for culinary purposes after a protocol detailing an operating procedure for the treatment and movement of kaffir lime leaves was approved by the Australian and state governments.

Secret location of Top End Wedding competition revealed

Pee Wee’s at the Point in East Point Reserve has been revealed as the secret location for the wedding ceremony in the Nine Network’s Today Win a Top End Wedding competition.

Darwin Waterfront’s Easter Eggs-travaganza

Hop to the Darwin Waterfront this Easter Saturday, 20 April from 9am to 1pm, and make all your child’s Easter dreams come true!


The Northern Territory Government is committed to implementing a range of youth justice initiatives to provide enhanced life outcomes for young people across the Northern Territory.

HMAS Darwin Anchor Displayed in Darwin CBD

The anchor from HMAS Darwin is going to find a permanent home in Darwin, and will be displayed on the grounds of the Administrator’s Offices on the corner of the Esplanade and Smith Street.

Celebrate School Holidays at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

Hop to the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens on Tuesday 16 April 2019 to escape the holiday boredom and try to catch a glimpse of the Easter bunny.

New Youth Justice Officers Start on the Job

Twenty eight new youth justice officers have graduated from induction training this week and started on the job, working in youth detention centres across the Northern Territory.

Holiday health reminder - measles and mosquitoes

Territorians are being reminded to take extra precautions over the school holiday period, with measles still circulating and the mosquito-borne Kunjin virus being detected in the Top End.

2019 Parrtjima program proves popular

The uniqueness of Parrtjima – A Festival in Light with its incredible light installations and projected artwork across the MacDonnell Ranges is again attracting large crowds to Alice Springs, with a 25 per cent increase on attendance in comparison to the 2018 figures.

Showcasing the Territory at the Australian Tourism Exchange 2019

The best of the Territory’s tourism experiences are on show to around 1,500 industry representatives at the largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event this week.



Prosecution Proceedings Commenced Over Oil Spill in Darwin

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has completed a year-long investigation into a large oil spill that occurred from an industrial premises located at Pinelands.

Zen-in your weekends with free yoga

Zen-in your weekends with free yoga classes every Saturday in the Dry from 8am at the Darwin Waterfront.

Skipper pleads guilty over deckhand’s death

A skipper for a Darwin shipping company has been convicted and fined $20,000 in the Darwin Local Court after the death of 37 year old deckhand Daniel Bradshaw.

Nominations now open for the 2019 Brolga Awards

Nominations are now open to enter the Northern Territory’s premier tourism industry awards, the 2019 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards.

Draft Ti Tree Water Allocation Plan

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) invites public comment on the Draft Ti Tree Water Allocation Plan 2019-2029, released today.

High School students to explore career options in health

High school students from across Darwin and Palmerston are expected at today’s interactive ‘Health Careers to Try’ Day at Royal Darwin Hospital.

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Ship Welcomed to Darwin

The Explorer of the Seas will arrive in Darwin this morning carrying more than 3,200 people from around the world.

Animal Welfare Grants now open

Animal welfare organisations are set to benefit from the $200,000 Animal Welfare Fund grant program, with the 2019-20 package opening today.

Measles Update: 27 cases, adults at higher risk

The measles outbreak that began in Darwin in mid-February has increased to 27 cases following the confirmation of a further four cases this week.

EOI Opportunity in breathtaking Central Australia

If you are passionate about tourism and hospitality services and want to work in one of our world famous national parks this could be the opportunity you are looking for.

Take ‘I Ask’ seriously

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and the Central Australia Health Service, in collaboration with other community organisations, is drawing attention to the prevalence of sexual violence in our community.

Gamba Action Program Closing Soon

This year’s Gamba Action Program (GAP) is coming to an end but there is still time and limited herbicide stocks left.

Finalists announced for 2019 NT Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards

The finalists in the 16th annual Northern Territory Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards have been announced in Alice Springs.

NT ICAC calls for certainty and transparency in procurement and contracts management

The NT Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC), Ken Fleming QC will hold a series of public information sessions to explain the role and functions of the ICAC and to better understand the business community’s perceptions of the NT Government’s procurement, contracts management, tendering and grants processes.

Second Cohort of Katherine Young People Return from Operation Flinders

Nine young people from Katherine have successfully completed Operation Flinders, a program designed to target at-risk and vulnerable young people and to divert them away from the youth justice system.

Correctional Officer injured in workplace incident

A Correctional Officer has been injured and flown to Adelaide for additional treatment following a workplace incident at the Alice Springs Correctional Centre yesterday. The officer was on duty at the time and was wearing a vest that held equipment including a CS gas canister.

Consider Advance Care Planning

The Central Australia Health Service is inviting members of the community to start conversations with loved ones about what living well means to them and to reflect on who they would want to speak for them if they were too sick to speak for themselves.

Elevate the consent conversation through Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this year’s theme is ‘I ask’.

2019 Arts NT Varuna Residential Fellowship open for applicants

An exciting opportunity is available for emerging or established writers who are developing new work in creative writing or illustration with the 2019 Arts NT Varuna Residential Fellowship program opening Monday, 1 April 2019.


The Territory Government, in partnership with RADD Ambassadors Shannon Rioli, Lauren O’Shea and Phillip Wills, launched the Respect Your Driver campaign, encouraging Territorians using public transport to ‘bus better’.

Widespread Kunjin virus activity in Top End

The Department of Health advises Top End residents and visitors to take precautions to protect themselves against mosquitoes, with widespread Kunjin virus activity detected in the Darwin region.

***MEDIA ALERT*** Territory Government, RADD Ambassadors, and Police, Fire and Emergency Services launch Respect Your Driver campaign

The Territory Government, in partnership with RADD Ambassadors Shannon Rioli, Lauren O’Shea and Phillip Wills, launched the Respect Your Driver campaign, encouraging Territorians using public transport to ‘bus better’.

Supporting NGOs to attend National Housing Conference close to home

The Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development (DLGHCD) has offered a one-off grant to eligible organisations to attend the 2019 National Housing Conference.

Cross Sector Orientation Workshop in Alice Springs

About 200 people are expected to attend the annual Cross Sector Orientation Workshop (CSOW) at the Alice Springs Convention Centre today.

Territory Families Partners with Charles Darwin University

In a first for the Northern Territory, Territory Families and Charles Darwin University (CDU) have signed a unique collaborative agreement set to transform employment opportunities for graduates in the social services field.

Transport company fined for loading dock death

A Victorian based transport and warehouse company has been fined $154,000 today in the Darwin Local Court over the death of a 47 year old Maningrida man in 2016.


Media Opportunity – Charles Darwin University and Territory Families signing of the 2019-2024 Collaborative Agreement

Media Alert - Pop Up Schools

The Department of Education has opened Pop Up Schools in Darwin and Katherine to provide alternative education programs to children who have been evacuated as a result of severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor.


The Department of Education has opened Pop Up Schools in Darwin and Katherine to provide alternative education programs to children who have been evacuated as a result of severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor.

Carpentaria Highway is now open

Incident Controller Matt Hollamby has confirmed the Carpentaria Highway is Now Open.

Updated Water Boil Alert

The Precautionary Advice for Drinking Water (Water Boil Alert) issued for Groote Eylandt has been cancelled.

Tropical low in Barkly District

Monitoring continues across the Barkly and north eastern region, with predicted gusty damaging winds and steady rainfall expected in the area today as the system continues to travel south east to Queensland.

Food safety after Cyclone Trevor

The Department of Health is reminding residents returning home to be especially aware of food safety in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Trevor.

Melioidosis alert

The Department of Health is asking residents in the Gulf Country and people assisting in the clean-up to be aware of the risks of melioidosis.