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Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Off the back of directing the critically acclaimed, award winning Henry V in 2014, Director Damien Ryan will deliver to Alice Springs Bell Shakespeare’s new production of Hamlet, one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.

Salt marsh mosquito season to start

Predicted surges in salt marsh mosquito numbers is expected to start this month.

Travel writers hit the Red Centre

Central Australia will be the focus of the travel writing community this weekend, with 80 members of the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) travelling to Uluru for the organisation’s Annual General Meeting and Awards night on Saturday 5 September.

Homelands residents in better accommodation while rebuilding continues

Local Darwin company, Northern Transportables, have been awarded a $1.4million contract to supply and install transportable homes to the Homelands affected by cyclones Lam and Nathan earlier this year.


Desert Mob Media Preview: Artists and Art Centre Managers involved in Desert Mob will be available for interviews. This will be a photo/vision opportunity.

Banana Freckle issues first infringement notice

The National Banana Freckle Eradication Program (NBFEP) has issued its first infringement notice as part of the ongoing effort to eradicate Banana Freckle from the Northern Territory. A resident in Darwin’s northern suburbs has been issued with a $765 on-the-spot fine after a banana plant was discovered at their property today. The fine has been issued under section 19(6) of the Plant Health Act 2008. “The NT community has overwhelmingly supported the National Banana Freckle Eradication Program, but anyone keeping banana plants jeopardises the eradication program for all Territorians,” Mr Kevin Cooper, NBFEP State Coordinator, said. “Issuing infringement notices makes it clear we are serious about eradicating Banana Freckle. In serious cases courts can issues fines of around $75,000 can apply. “Growing, planting, cultivating or propagating banana plants in Red Zones is an offence under the Plant Health Act (2008) and we will continue to issue infringement notices if we find people doing the wrong thing. “Growing or propagating banana plants in Red Zones undermines the commitment of other Territory residents in eradicating Banana Freckle and will jeopardise the ability of backyard and commercial growers to grow healthy banana plants in the future. “We have made it clear that banana plants must not be grown or propagated in Red Zones, and this includes plants that have regrown,” Mr Cooper said.

Palaeontologists to rock Central Australia

More than 50 palaeontologists from around the world will gather in Alice Springs today for the 15th Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics (CAVEPS) run by the Museum of Central Australia.

Influenza season has arrived

NT Department of Health is issuing an alert to Territorians that the 2015 flu season has arrived.

Head Full of Love

Head Full of Love is the story of two remarkable women and the inspiring friendship which forms between them in the lead up to the annual Alice Springs Beanie Festival.

Prisoner Art on Display

The ‘Behind the Wire’ prisoner art exhibition was officially opened to the public this week by the Minister for Correctional Services, the Hon John Elferink and Northern Territory Department of Correctional Services (NTDCS) Executive Director Correctional Operations, Rob Steer.

Statement by Gary Nairn AO, Chairman, NT Planning Commission

During a debate in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly on 25 August 2015, the Member for Nelson, Gerry Wood, made a number of statements with respect to the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan and the inclusion of a plan of the Noonamah Hughes region. A plan of the Noonamah Hughes region had been previously prepared by the surveying company, Earl James & Associates.

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.


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.