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NTIS announces scholarships for 2017/18 Coach Development Program

The Department of Tourism and Culture’s Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) has announced the scholarship coaches for the 2017/18 Coach Development Program (CDP).

Draft Joint Management Plans open for public comment

The Draft Joint Management Plans for Watarrka National Park and Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park are now open for public comment.

Statement: Attempted escape at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre

Four young men unsuccessfully tried to escape from Don Dale Youth Detention Centre yesterday evening.

Join the Santa Fun Run for a good clause

Don your Santa Suits and be a clause for a cause this Sunday at Variety NT’s Santa Fun Run.

Who is your Sober Bob this Festive Season?

Before you head out over the Christmas period, the NT Government is asking everyone to think about how you will get home, plan ahead and use a Sober Bob.

Kitchener Drive Multi-Storey Car Park now offers the convenience of ‘ticketless parking’

The Territory's first completely ticketless car park has now commenced operating at the Darwin Waterfront.

Indigenous Arts Exchange with Taiwan

A new Artist in Residence Exchange program between Australian and Tawainese Indigenous artists was formalised this month with the signing of a Memorandum of Collaboration at the Council for Indigenous Peoples building in Taiwan.

Palmerston club wins national award for youth initiatives

Last night, the national spotlight was cast on Palmerston and a hugely successful basketball program for young people. The Palmerston and Regional Basketball Association (PaRBA) was awarded the crown of Good Sport Club of the Year at a special event in Melbourne at both the national and Northern Territory levels. Good Sports is an arm of the National Alcohol and Drug Foundation and aims to help sporting clubs provide a safe and inclusive environment.

Sidney Nolan Central Australian Masterpiece Acquired by Araluen Arts Centre

The Araluen Arts Centre has acquired an iconic Central Australian landscape artwork by Sir Sidney Nolan from the international auction house Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers as part of one of the most significant auctions of Sidney Nolan’s works to go under the hammer.

Rubber Bush Chemical Control Trials Show Mixed Results

The exotic weedy shrub rubber bush (Calotropis procera) poses increasing risk to valuable grazing land across northern Australia.

Norovirus outbreak at Royal Darwin Hospital

A gastroenteritis outbreak has occurred in a ward at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH).

iNsTagrammers exhibition comes to Alice Springs this Summer

Northern Territory Library’s iNsTagrammers: the best in NT photography from Instagram exhibition is coming to Alice Springs this summer.

Central Australian Fire Season Launched

Bushfires NT today joined the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service at their Alice Springs headquarters to launch the 2017 Central Australian Fire Season.

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What: Bushfires NT will today join the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service at their Alice Springs headquarters to launch the 2017 Central Australian Fire Season

Successful Prosecution for Environmental Harm

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has welcomed a decision by the Darwin Local Court to fine a real estate development company for several offences under the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act.

A New Snapshot of the Territory

The first land use study in over eight years has confirmed that more than 99 per cent of the Northern Territory is still grazed native pastures, Aboriginal Land or conservation areas.

Wet weather prompts start of salt-marsh mosquito season

The Department of Health is urging people to protect themselves from mosquitoes, as numbers are expected to increase in coastal areas following last week’s high tide and local rainfall.

Safe cooking promoted to Central Australians during Food Safety Week

It’s Australian Food Safety Week from 11-18 November 2017 and the Department of Health’s Central Australia Environmental Health Services are urging local consumers to exercise good food safety practices, including proper food storage and preparation and to use a food thermometer to ensure food is properly cooked.

Chef catches the Tasty 10th prized fish of Season 3

Just over a month into season three of the Million Dollar Fish competition which runs up to the end of February 2018, ten lucky fisho’s have now matched season one which held the record for ten $10,000 fish reeled in.

Rains signal start of Melioidosis season

The rains have started and Territorians need to be ‘Melioidosis aware’.

Local tradie finds a $10,000 prized Season 3 fish in his esky

Local carpenter Michael Bullock has become the 9th fisho to reel in a barramundi worth $10,000 as part of the NT Government’s Million Dollar Fish competition.

Looking forward for land use in Tennant Creek

The Northern Territory Planning Commission (NTPC) has today commenced community consultation on a Land Use Plan for Tennant Creek with the release of a Discussion Paper which has been prepared by FYFE P/L.

Neem Blitz Hits Katherine

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM) today announced the start of the 2017 Neem Blitz program in Katherine.

NT Delegation to Hawaii

Representatives from the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation are participating in a mission to Hawaii, led by the Chief Minister.

So called healer Colin Thompson permanently banned

A former Howard Springs man who claimed to cure a range of medical illnesses and addictions through mind communication and supernatural healing has been permanently banned from conducting his business in the Northern Territory.

Apply now for 2018 NT Youth Week Grants

A shout out to all young people, community groups, sporting clubs and businesses across the Territory! Applications are now open for grants to host events and activities during next year’s NT Youth Week (NTYW) to be held 13 to 22 April 2018.

Mala Relocation

An historic and culturally significant event involving the Territory’s endangered Mala (Rufous Hare-wallaby) is set to occur in Central Australia this week.

Valuation Notices are now available electronically

The NT Valuer-General will soon be issuing Notices of Valuation to land owners in Palmerston and Darwin, with a new option to sign up online and receive Notices via email rather than post.

Apply now for IWD 2018 grants

Territory Families’ International Women’s Day Grants Program is now open for applications from organisations and individuals for events and activities to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018.

Everyone’s Hero catches the 8th prized fish of Season 3

Local hero Hiroaki (Hiro) Nakamura has become the 8th fisho to reel in a barramundi worth $10,000 as part of the NT Government’s Million Dollar Fish competition.

Araluen Arts Centre presents one of its most cutting edge and interactive exhibitions yet

The Araluen Arts Centre proudly presents People Like Us, a touring exhibition developed by UNSW Galleries and toured by Museums and Galleries of NSW.

MEDIA ALERT - Commissioner questions fuel pricing practices

NT Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, Gary Clements says “the fuel pricing practices of the major fuel retailers over the past weeks raises concerns about why such increases have occurred and it really needs some explanation”.

2017 Gamba Action Program Launched

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources today launched the 2017 Gamba Action Program in Darwin.


NT Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, Gary Clements says “the MyFuel NT web app provides Northern Territory consumers with real time fuel prices but it MUST HAVE CONSUMER SUPPORT to have any effect on pricing.”

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will launch the 2017 Gamba Action Program in Darwin today.

Study to identify future ferry sites and infrastructure need for Darwin

The Northern Territory Government is investigating the potential for future ferry services in and around Darwin Harbour to cater for future growth within the next 50 years.

Meningococcal ACYW vaccine program to be expanded

The meningococcal quadrivalent (ACWY) vaccination program, developed to control an outbreak of meningococcal W disease in the Aboriginal population of Central Australia and the western Katherine regions, is to be expanded to include all young Territorians aged one to 19 year old in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine. The quadrivalent ACWY vaccine will be added to the Northern Territory (NT) Childhood Vaccination Schedule on 1 December 2017 for all infants throughout the Territory at 12 months of age, replacing the current meningococcal C vaccine.

Waterfowl hunting season is now open

The Department of Tourism and Culture has today opened waterfowl hunting season to permitted hunters.

Asbestos found at Old Darwin Hospital site

Asbestos has been discovered on a small area of the Old Darwin Hospital site.

NTIS High Performance Officiating Program to elevate sport in the Territory

The Department of Tourism and Culture’s Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) has launched a new High Performance Officiating Program (HPOP) to identify and assist Territory sports officials.

Maintenance works to commence at Cullen Bay Harbour

The NT Government will commence maintenance dredging at Cullen Bay today to improve and rejuvenate the harbour, allowing for the safe movement of incoming and outgoing ferry services, cruise operators and private yachts.

Have your say on creating a planning framework for a vibrant Central Darwin

The Northern Territory Planning Commission is creating a strategic area plan for Central Darwin – from Frances Bay and the Waterfront through to Cullen Bay and all areas in between. When complete, the Central Darwin Area Plan will provide long-term guidance for land use and development that will strengthen Central Darwin as the heart of a vibrant, functional, and attractive capital city.

Key findings from Mount Johns Flood Immunity consultation

The NT Government has released its findings from the second stage of a community consultation which explored possible options to improve flood immunity in the Mount Johns Valley and Desert Springs areas of Alice Springs.

Darwin Local Reeling in the Luck at Shoal Bay

Local fisherman Matt Kelleher has become the 7th fisho to reel in a barramundi worth $10,000 as part of the NT Government’s Million Dollar Fish competition.

Statement regarding peak in demand for emergency care at Alice Springs Hospital

Alice Springs Hospital is currently experiencing a prolonged peak in demand for emergency care.

Brolga Award Tickets Now On Sale

Judging has been completed and tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards gala ceremony to be held on Saturday 11 November at the Alice Springs Convention Centre.

Central Australian receives Administrator’s Medal

A Primary Health Care Aboriginal Health Promotions Officer for the Central Australia Health Service, Frances Turner is this year’s recipient of the Individual Administrator’s Medal in Primary Health Care 2017.

Wangi Falls closed for swimming

Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park is currently closed for swimming after reports that a small crocodile bit a man yesterday afternoon, resulting in minor injuries.

Go Troppo at the Darwin Waterfront’s artists’ takeover

The Darwin Waterfront Precinct has been transformed into a Tropical Takeover art exhibition.

Statement regarding meningococcal disease – Update

The Centre for Disease Control has today identified that the child who died on the weekend had meningococcal ‘B’ strain, confirming that it was not related to the current outbreak in central Australia (which is the “W” strain). The case in Darwin is being treated as an isolated incident.