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Statement regarding Meningococcal

The Department of Health can confirm the death of a child in Darwin due to meningococcal disease. It is unlikely that this is connected to the current outbreak of meningococcal W in Central Australia. We are awaiting further results to confirm which strain was responsible.

Dad and Son Hook a Prized Fish

Seven year old Alexander and his Dad, Dennis Smart have hooked the fifth Million Dollar Fish prize-tagged barrra at Hardie’s Lagoon, Mary River National Park on the weekend during the Corroboree Park Challenge fishing competition.

Entries open for Red CentreNATS 2018

After a record number of entries at Red CentreNATS 03, organisers have opened the early bird registrations for Red CentreNATS 04 which will again take place in Alice Springs over Father’s Day weekend, 31st August – 2nd September 2018.

NT’s Driverless Bus shines on international stage

The NT Government and Darwin Waterfront Corporation’s Driverless Bus has taken centre stage at Future Street in Sydney this week as part of the 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture.

NT EPA Recommends Approval of the Noonamah Ridge Estate Proposal

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has released its assessment report recommending approval of the Noonamah Ridge Estate proposal.

Public consultation sessions - Modernisation of the Anti-Discrimination Act

A series of public consultation sessions on the modernisation of the Anti-Discrimination Act have been organised across the Territory.

Have your say on the future of Central Alice Springs

The Northern Territory Planning Commission (NTPC) is updating the Central Alice Springs Area Plans in the NT Planning Scheme to provide for long term growth in the Alice Springs CBD.

Update - Meningococcal outbreak in Central Australia

The meningococcal disease outbreak continues in Central Australia, the Barkly, Katherine and Katherine West regions. To date there have been 25 confirmed cases of Meningococcal W with one case awaiting final laboratory testing.

It’s Raining Fish in the NT

Another fish has been caught in Season 3 of the Million Dollar Fish competition with local Darwin woman Sue Swindale landing a 75 centimetre $10,000 prize-tagged barra from the Mary River Bridge Lagoon on Saturday, 7 October 2017.

Statement: Attempted escape of young person on remand

At 2.08pm this afternoon a young person held on remand at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre escaped a Youth Justice Officer escort when departing the Royal Darwin Hospital.

NT trade and business delegation to Indonesia

Three Northern Territory Government public servants are participating in a trade and business delegation to Indonesia, led by the Chief Minister.

Two Territory fisho’s each land a $10k NT barra

7 days in to the Million Dollar Fish competition two local NT fisho’s have each landed a $10,000 prize-tagged barra.

Caution urged as stinger season begins

October marks the official start of the stinger season in the Top End. Stingers can be found in our sea waters at any time but they are at their peak from October until the end of May next year.

Harmony Grants now open for 2018

Applications are now open for community groups and schools around the Northern Territory to apply for grants to support and celebrate community harmony and diversity. Grants of up to $1000 offer opportunities for eligible applicants to celebrate and promote the Territory’s cultural diversity, and to reflect on the common values and mutual respect we all share as part of our vibrant Territory lifestyle.

Territory mangoes are US-bound

The first shipment of Territory mangoes to be exported to the United States (US) this season has begun the two week journey to its US importer.

Show you care – nominate a local hero today!

They are the kids thriving in the care of a loving family, the siblings who go the extra mile to make them feel welcome in their home, and the support workers who go above and beyond when doing their job. The 2017 Territory Families Foster and Kinship Carer Awards are about celebrating and recognising the enormous contribution that foster and kinship carers, and those around them, make to the lives of vulnerable children in every community across the Territory.

Darwin company charged for illegal asbestos removal

A Darwin based manufacturing and building company has been charged by NT WorkSafe with five breaches of the work health and safety legislations for illegal asbestos removal work.

Help shape the future of Coolalinga/Freds Pass

Help protect the valued rural lifestyle with the second phase of consultation for the Coolalinga/Freds Pass Rural Activity Centre now open for comment.

Desert Mob smashes all records and looks to nudge $1M in sales

Desert Mob 2017 has recorded its highest sales records in its 27-year history, with more than $420,000 in exhibition sales achieved as of the end of September, and an estimated $500,000 worth of additional sales at the ever-popular Desert Mob MarketPlace during the opening weekend.

School Holiday Tourism and Culture Program Bonanza

The Department of Tourism and Culture is excited to offer a bonanza of exciting and fun-filled programs these school holidays.

Planning study to realign and upgrade Gunn Point Road

The Northern Territory Government is undertaking a planning study to realign and upgrade Gunn Point Road and determine its connection to Glyde Point in the north and the Stuart Highway in the south.

NTIS Officiating Development Program now available

The Department of Tourism and Culture’s NT Institute of Sport (NTIS) has launched the 2017/18 Officiating Development Program, with key funding available to the Peak Sporting Bodies to develop qualified sport officials across the Territory.

Updated Statement - Alice Springs Hospital Pathology Building

Following further air sampling undertaken in the Pathology Building at Alice Springs Hospital, a report has been provided by Site Environmental and Remediation Services, licensed asbestos hygienists stating:

Alice Springs students take the 'Red Centre' stage

Over 250 students from Alice Springs have been putting the final touches on their performances ahead of Alice Can Dance this Friday night.

Health Alert: Meningococcal outbreak in Central Australia

In 2017, the NT has seen an increase in meningococcal infection with 17 cases so far this year.

Award-winning book Diary of a Wombat comes to life on the Araluen stage

Monkey Baa Theatre Company return to Alice Springs with Diary of a Wombat, a new Australian play based on the multi-award winning picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.

Florence Falls 4WD Campground Upgrades

Improvements are being made at Florence Falls 4WD Campground with works to upgrade the walking track from the campground to the plunge pools, sealing of the access road, and completion of upgrades to the campsites due to commence on Monday 25 September.

Proud sponsor of the NTCOSS Conference

Territory Families is delighted to be a sponsor of the 2017 NTCOSS Conference; an event which will assist greatly in building partnerships that will empower genuine change for NT families. The conference will take place next week at the Darwin Convention Centre from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 September 2017, with the theme Lead and Change: Exploring alternatives to challenge our practice.

Araluen Cultural Precinct welcomes new operator of Yaye’s Café

Araluen Cultural Precinct Director Dr Mark Crees has today welcomed Chilpy Investments Pty Ltd, a Territory owned business run by Mr Warren Seymour as the new operator of Yaye’s Café.

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light to illuminate Alice Springs tonight

The second annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light is set to launch tonight, illuminating Alice Springs – home of the Arrernte – with extraordinary contemporary art by talented Aboriginal artists from around Central Australia over 10 nights.

Australia and New Zealand Information Access Commissioners unite for citizen's Right to Know

Australia and New Zealand’s Information Access Commissioners are meeting on 28 and 29 September 2017 in Brisbane to discuss and promote the importance of open government and the right for citizens to access government-held information and data.

Dining under the stars helps transplant patients

Royal Darwin Hospital thanked local restaurant Little Miss Korea (LMK) today for their amazing effort in raising more than $12,000 for the hospital during their recent Dinner Under the Stars fundraising event.

Free Darwin Waterfront Shuttle Bus

A free Darwin Waterfront shuttle bus will commence operations today.

Updated Statement - Alice Springs Hospital Pathology Building

We continue to review the status of asbestos in the Pathology building at the Alice Springs Hospital.

Alice Springs Masters Games seeks Nominations for Advisory Committee

The Department of Tourism and Culture is calling for nominations for Advisory Committee positions for the Alice Springs Masters Games 2018 (ASMG).

Celebrate and recognise our fabulous Foster and Kinship Carers

There is a special group of Territorians who every day are making an enormous difference by opening their homes and hearts to some of our community’s most vulnerable children and young people. Territorians will have the opportunity to celebrate and recognise the contributions made by foster and kinship carers who support and care for children and young people in care by nominating one of these unsung heroes for the 2017 NT Foster and Kinship Carer Excellence Awards.

Red Cross Recovery Hubs set up after wildfires

Australian Red Cross has partnered with Territory Families to provide rural residents with pop-up welfare recovery centres in two Top End locations tomorrow.

Statement on Alice Springs Hospital Pathology Building

The Pathology Building at Alice Springs Hospital has been closed and has been secured pending the removal of asbestos.

Fostering the Territory's future workforce

A key partnership has been formed between Department of Education and Territory company, Halikos Hospitality, aimed at creating employment pathways for students in the hospitality and tourism industries.

NTIS Officiating Workshop in Alice Springs

The Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS), in collaboration with Tennis Australia, is hosting an Officiating Workshop for officials from all sports in Alice Springs next week.

The Araluen Arts Centre presents a night of guitar and cello

The Araluen Arts Centre is pleased to present Boyd Meets Girl - an exciting guitar and cello duo performing Friday 22 September.

Red Centre Bird Festival in Full Flight

Celebrate the diverse birdlife of Central Australia at the Alice Springs Desert Park annual Red Centre Bird Festival, a five day festival that runs from next Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24 September

Supporting our NGO partners to attend the NTCOSS conference

Territory Families is proud to see its $10k sponsorship of the Northern Territory Council of Social Services (NTCOSS) 2017 Conference come to life through the delivery of up to 10 travel subsidies for non-government organisations (NGOs) to attend. The travel subsidies are aimed at enabling NGOs in regional and remote communities to participate in the conference to be held in Darwin 25 – 27 September.

Updated list of department media contacts

Please find below an updated list of media contacts for NT Government departments.

Parrtjima announces expanded creative program

New installation, artist talks and live music added Alice Springs: 22 September – 1 October 2017

Live Darwin Arts starts with Kids in the City

The Live Darwin Arts program kicks off this Saturday 9 September with Kids in the City, a series of Saturday creative sessions to be held each Saturday up to 14 October at The Bookstore in Darwin’s Smith Street Mall.


Serious concerns expressed about a recent online posting on the NT Police Facebook page of photos and information about two boys draw attention to a longstanding issue in the NT regarding the disclosure of information about children involved with the justice system.

ASDP Celebrates National Bilby Day and Threatened Species Day

The Alice Springs Desert Park (ASDP) is inviting the community to spend the day with a bilby this Saturday 9 September, with a number of exciting and educational events planned to commemorate National Bilby Day.

Media Advisory

What: Bushfires NT Executive Director Collene Bremner and NT Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Mark Spain will provide an update about today’s extreme fire conditions and preparations made by staff and volunteer crews to protect the community.

School Groups encouraged to Explore the Territory’s history at Northern Territory Library

The Northern Territory Library has launched a new curriculum based program, Explorers of the Territory, where students will explore a wide range of collections to learn about the stories and characters of early Territory life and exploration.