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Spend some time in a Park this Mental Health Week

Parks and Wildlife Commission NT encourage people during National Mental Health Week to get out and about in one of our Parks or Reserves for their health and wellbeing!

NT to star in new Chinese documentary

Tourism NT has teamed up with Chinese actress and model, Lily Ji, to produce a new Northern Territory travel documentary that will help attract more Chinese visitors to the NT.

Beware stinger season

Today 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.

Flood risk evaporates with Ludmilla Creek storm drain clean up

As the early storm clouds gather, bearing warning of another wet season’s arrival, the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment is stepping up essential work preparing the storm drains around Darwin.

Territory women urged to be breast aware

October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Territory women are being urged to be breast aware to help in the fight against breast cancer.

What the blooming heck is that?

When blue-green algae blooms it can be a cause for concern and is often reported to the NT Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) as an oily, frothy or jelly-like slick along beaches or in the water.

Banana Freckle Regrowth Deadline

Finding and destroying banana plants that have regrown is the major focus of the National Banana Freckle Eradication Program over the next two weeks.

October 1 marks seasonal changes to NT fish management zones

The commercial barramundi fishing season ends today and the seasonal closure to recreational barramundi fishing in a section of the Daly River comes into effect on October 1. The Daly River seasonal closure remains for barramundi fishing downstream from the western bank of the old outlet channel of Moon Billabong to the mouth of the river. This year will be also the first time recreational fishers are able to fish the Mary River downstream of the Shady Camp barrage in October, with legislation changed in 2014 to open the area to year round fishing due to the healthy state of barramundi stock. The public are reminded that a number of rules still apply within the Mary River Fish Management Zone.

Report Cards Released

The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) has for the first time released report cards outlining how six of its best known parks and reserves are performing in four key areas.

Help us plan for the future in Darwin’s Mid Suburbs

The Planning Commission has released a discussion paper today that seeks community feedback upfront to help shape the future of Darwin’s Mid Suburbs.

Media advisory: Darwin Mid Suburbs – launch of discussion paper for area plans

NT Planning Commission Chairman Gary Nairn will launch a discussion paper today that seeks community feedback upfront to help shape the future of Darwin’s Mid Suburbs.

Plenty on offer in Parks these School Holidays

Escape the holiday boredom and discover what nature has to offer at our Territory's Parks and Reserves these school holidays.

We want to hear from you on Litchfield land use

A consultation paper released today by the Northern Territory Planning Commission calls for input into the future of the Litchfield subregion.

Media Advisory: Launch of consultation paper for draft Litchfield subregional land use plan

NT Planning Commission Chairman Gary Nairn will launch a consultation paper today for public comment for the draft Litchfield subregional land use plan.

Asbestos Removal Continues at Casuarina Coastal Reserve

Asbestos removal has resumed at Rapid Creek Beach within the Casuarina Coastal Reserve.

Recycling company convicted of polluting offences

NT Recycling Solutions Pty Ltd (NTRS) and its director were fined a total of $57,440 and ordered to pay $15,000 in costs in the Darwin Magistrates Court this morning when convicted for offences under the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act (the Act).

2015 Goose Season off to a Flying Start

The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) has congratulated the overwhelming majority of recreational hunters taking part in yesterday’s start of the 2015 Waterfowl Hunting season.

Public comment – Proposed amendments to work health and safety legislation

Northern Territory businesses and workers are encouraged to have their say on proposed amendments to the work health and safety legislation with the public comment period starting today.

Have your say on Alice Springs regional land use

Got something to say about future land use in the Alice Springs region? The Northern Territory Planning Commission wants to hear from you.

Media Advisory - Northern Territory Planning Commission


Release of KPMG Independent Travel Review

The Northern Territory Government has received the independent review conducted by KPMG into government travel policies and systems.

Rebuilding cyclone damaged houses underway

Strong progress continues to be made in the rebuilding of cyclone affected communities across East Arnhem with housing construction starting this week in Galiwin’ku.

Rebuilding cyclone damaged houses underway

Strong progress continues to be made in the rebuilding of cyclone affected communities across East Arnhem with housing construction starting this week in Galiwin’ku.

$50,000 for travellers to redeem in NT caravan parks using Turu

Tourism NT has announced an exciting new initiative with Turu which will help encourage travellers to book their NT drive holiday now.

Caution urged as stinger season approaches

As Water Safety Week commences on Sunday 20 September, Territorians are being reminded to be cautious around sea water.

Caution urged as stinger season approaches

As Water Safety Week commences on Sunday 20 September, Territorians are being reminded to be cautious around sea water.

After Dark in the Park

Grab your torch and join Parks and Wildlife Commission (PWCNT) Rangers on a night walk! “With temperatures getting warmer, now is a great time to get out in the evenings to spot some of the nocturnal inhabitants of our Parks and Reserves.” said Susie Pendle, PWCNT Community Engagement Officer.

Award winning Australian pianist at Araluen Arts Centre

Award winning young Australian pianist Alex Raineri will present a solo piano recital of well-loved masterworks and exciting contemporary repertoire at the Araluen Arts Centre.

Students from China take centre stage at the 2015

Banana Freckle Regrowth Reporting

The National Banana Freckle Eradication Program is contacting residents in the Darwin City and Greater Darwin Rural Area Red Zone to confirm whether or not their banana plants have regrown.

A Taste of Culture

Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT (PWCNT) will be presenting a talk on Aboriginal culture at Simpsons Gap on Sunday, 20 September.

Medical team deploys for Tour de Timor

Australia’s Darwin based National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre will deploy a medical team to support the annual Tour de Timor international mountain bike race in Timor-Leste tomorrow.

Daisy 2.0 app connecting Territory women to support services

Daisy is a phone app that connects women affected by sexual assault, domestic and family violence, to services and information in their local area. Daisy 2.0, released on September 3, is an upgrade to the original app released in March this year, and connects more women to services through its focus on support for rural and remote women and those who are culturally and linguistically diverse.

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.

Trauma Centre supports WHO meeting in Timor-Leste

Australia’s Darwin-based National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre has been engaged to medically support the World Health Meeting in Timor-Leste.

Saving Threatened Species Through Modern Technology

The Department of Land Resource Management (DLRM) is using modern technology such as camera trapping to help save some of the Territory’s most threatened species from extinction.

Media Advisory

There will be an amazing photo/filming opportunity today at the Territory Wildlife Park.

Salt marsh mosquito season to start

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

NT tourism campaign wins prestigious advertising award

The NT Government’s ‘Do the NT’ tourism marketing campaign was last night recognised as the one of the best in Australia, picking up a prestigious advertising award.

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.