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Central Australia nominees – Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards 2015

Northern Territory Department of Health Chief Executive Dr Len Notaras today congratulated the 28 Central Australian nominees for the 2015 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

Take a Hike!

Territorians are invited to join a Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) ranger at this month’s first ever ‘Take a Hike!’ information session at Simpsons Gap.

YES, IT’S REAL! Legendary Covers from the NT News

A new exhibition featuring covers from the NT News is set to open at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) on Saturday 2 May.

Sundays Live at the Lagoon returns this Dry

Sundays Live at the Lagoon returns to the Darwin Waterfront Recreation Lagoon this Dry Season, providing free local music every Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.

Come and see what makes NT parks and reserves so amazing

Visitors to many of the Territory’s parks and reserves will get to immerse themselves in a living cultural landscape as part of this year’s Territory Parks Alive activities.

New TWP Mosaic Tunnels Unveiled on Mother’s Day

The unveiling of new mosaic tunnels will be one of several highlights at the Territory Wildlife Park this Mother’s Day.

Last Chance to Get Free Gamba Grass Herbicide

Territorians have until this Friday 1 May 2015 to obtain their free herbicide to combat the damaging spread of gamba grass this wet season.

Dewayne Everettsmith And Sietta Set To Perform in Alice Springs

Tasmanian singer songwriter Dewayne Everettsmith is set to take the stage at Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs for the first time next month.

Environmental quality report: Biodiversity of the Howard sand plains Site of Conservation Significance

The Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority (NT EPA) has released an “Environmental quality report: Biodiversity of the Howard sand plains Site of Conservation Significance”.

Banana Freckle Deadline Approaching

The National Banana Freckle Eradication Program is dedicating its resources to find the last remaining banana plants in the Darwin and Palmerston areas of the Red Zone.

8MMM Aboriginal Radio on ABC1

The Northern Territory continues to build its reputation as a great filming and production destination with next week’s national release of 8MMM Aboriginal Radio on ABC1.

Elements: The Alice Craft Acquisition Collection

The Araluen Arts Centre will this week present a new exhibition that showcases some of Australia’s finest examples of craft and design from the Alice Craft Acquisition Collection.

Safety Reminder - Electrocution Risk for DIY Repairs

NT WorkSafe has issued a safety alert reminding residents carrying out repairs or maintenance in their homes not to carry out electrical work unless they are appropriately licenced.

Parap Road Safety Centre Family Open Day

The Department of Transport is holding a Family Open Day at the Parap Road Safety Centre, on Saturday 18 April from 9am – 1pm.

Community Benefit Fund Committee Positions

Applications are now being accepted to join the Community Benefit Committee. The Community Benefit Committee provides advice and assistance to the Minister for Business in relation to the distribution of funds collected by the Community Benefit Fund.

Notice of Proposed Public Restricted Areas for Nightcliff

The City of Darwin has applied to the Director-General of Licensing to declare the following areas in Nightcliff, as Public Restricted Areas pursuant to part VII of the Liquor Act: • the area referred to as “Bagot Court Park”; and • the area of footpath on the southern side of the Progress Drive between Nightcliff Road and Dick Ward Drive.

Tag Along Photography Tour at Owen Springs Reserve

If you would like to learn more about capturing digital photos in the stunning Central Australian landscape, then the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT (PWCNT) has the activity just for you.

Last days to nominate for the NT Training Awards

Nominations for the Northern Territory Government's Training Awards are closing soon. Final year apprentices, trainees and vocational students completing their certificates or diploma level qualifications, as well as trainers, training providers, employers and small businesses are encouraged to submit their nominations before it’s too late.

Newcomers Network Expo

Representatives from the Department of Business, the Chamber of Commerce and Motor Trades Association NT will promote the Northern Territory as a place to live and work at a Newcomers Network event in Melbourne this Saturday 18 April 2015.

Students all about the Battle and the BASS

Champagne With Mary-Jane has been crowned the 2015 Battle of the School Bands winner after the final in Darwin last night.

NT EPA Directs AACo to Prevent Odour Nuisance

Members of the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) held its 12th meeting in Darwin from 24 to 26 March 2015. Dr Bill Freeland, Chair of the NT EPA, said that the members again met with Mr Jason Strong, the Managing Director of the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) along with AACo’s Director of Environment and environmental consultant, as a follow up to the members’ previous meeting with Mr Strong in January 2015.

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.

Don’t get bitten by mozzies this Easter weekend

Territory residents planning to enjoy the outdoors this Easter are being warned of the risk of mosquito-borne Murray Valley encephalitis.

Treat the kids for free this Easter Saturday

The Darwin Waterfront has all your Easter fun covered this Saturday (4 April 2015) from 10am to 2pm.

Lighting up the Territory Wildlife Park

The Territory Wildlife Park (TWP) is installing its latest art commission this week in preparation for the Easter break and school holidays.

Spyglass Gypsies at Araluen Arts Centre

The Spyglass Gypsies will bring a modern take on the traditional gypsy jazz style to the stage of the Araluen Arts Centre on Saturday, 18 April.

Consultation Opens for Building Site Guidelines

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) today released draft Guidelines for Pollution Avoidance on Commercial and Residential Building Sites for public consultation.

Darwin’s new floating water park is here

Darwin’s latest attraction, a new floating water park, will commence operations tomorrow in the Darwin Waterfront’s Recreation Lagoon, just in time for the Easter break and school holidays.

Mosquito activity in the Top End set to increase following Cyclone Nathan

Residents of the Darwin and East Arnhem regions are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites, with mosquito numbers expected to increase following heavy rainfall associated with Cyclone Nathan.

Safety advice available at annual NT Cattlemen’s Association Industry Conference

NT WorkSafe is attending the 31st Annual NT Cattlemen’s Association Industry Conference on Friday 27 March as part of ongoing support for the industry. Workplace Health and Safety Inspectors will be available to assist with advice and provide information to help conference delegates manage health and safety in the workplace.

Water Boil Alert - update for Galiwin'ku

The water boil alert recently issued for the community Galiwin’ku has been cancelled. The water supply is now fully operational and the water is safe to drink.

Water Boil Alert - update

The water boil alert for Gapuwiyak and Milingimbi has been cancelled but is still current for the community of Galiwin’ku.

Expressions of interest open for businesses to attend the 11th Balikpapan Mining, Oil and Gas Expo as part of NT trade delegation

The Northern Territory Government is organising a trade delegation of NT companies to the 11th Balikpapan Mining, Oil and Gas Expo - 28-30 May 2015. Expressions of interest are now open for businesses who wish to participate.

Enter, Compete, Have Fun at the 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games

The athlete recruitment drive for the 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games has begun.

Water Boil Alert Milingimbi

Water boil alert issued for Milingimbi. Cyclones and their associated weather conditions have the potential to disrupt water supply infrastructure.

Al Strangeways Exhibition at Araluen Art Centre

The Araluen Arts Centre will present Community: The People of the School, a solo exhibition by Alice Springs artist Al Strangeways.

NT hard-to-fill jobs on show in Ireland and Poland

The Department of Business is attending international job expos aimed at skilled workers to promote hard-to-fill job vacancies in the Territory on behalf of local businesses.

Get your Permit Returns in to win

The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT (PWCNT) is urging all waterfowl hunters to submit their permit returns for their chance to win a range of prizes.

Come Along for a Walk in the Park

The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT (PWCNT) invites you to lace up your boots and head on out for a walk in the park.

Locals play key role in Cyclone Lam rebuild

Residents in communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Lam have been employed in real jobs to assist in the recovery.

March into the Desert Park

The Alice Springs Desert Park invites the community to ‘March into the Desert Park’ on Friday, 20 March.

Automotive Industry Review

The Northern Territory Government has commenced a review into the Automotive Industry focussing on business growth opportunities, consumer protection, adherence to pricing and national competition principles and minimising red tape.

Territorians reminded - do not touch bats

Northern Territory residents and visitors are being reminded to avoid contact with all types of bats following the detection of the deadly Australian bat lyssavirus in a Top End flying fox. This is the second bat to test positive to the virus in recent months and only the third ever in the NT, the first being in 1997, but highlights that the virus is present and a risk. Any flying fox or bat in the NT should be treated as a potential carrier of the disease and close contact avoided.


The Department of Health, Director of the Centre for Disease Control, Dr Vicki Krause and Chief Veterinary Officer, Malcolm Anderson will remind Northern Territory residents and visitors to avoid contact with all types of bats following the detection of the deadly Australian bat lyssavirus in a Top End flying fox.

Get your torches ready for Bat Night

The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT (PWCNT) and Land for Wildlife will be hosting a Bat Night at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station on Friday, 27 March.

Territory producers shine on national stage

Screen Territory would like to congratulate emerging documentary producer Emma Masters, who has been awarded the Access Initiative at the recent Net-Work Play conference.

Cyclone Lam housing recovery moves to Phase 2

A housing recovery plan is being actioned by the Northern Territory Government in all three communities affected by Cyclone Lam – Galiwinku, Ramingining and Milingimbi.

Equity Grants Now Open

Applications are now open for funding under the NT Equity Training Grants program. These one-off grants are designed to improve training and employment outcomes and support disadvantaged Territorians to be active participants in the workforce.


The Department of Health, Director of the Centre for Disease Control, Dr Vicki Krause and Chief Veterinary Officer, Malcolm Anderson will remind Northern Territory residents and visitors to avoid contact with all types of bats following the detection of the deadly Australian bat lyssavirus in a Top End flying fox.

NTIS Coaching Program Goes Back to the Basics

The Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) is taking an innovative approach to developing first-class athletes through a new Coach Development Program.