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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.

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.

Australian Red Cross Answers the Call for Support

Bushfires NT Executive Director Collene Bremner today urged rural landholders to be wildfire ready as hot, dry and windy conditions return to the Top End this week.

Severe Fire Weather Set to Return to the Top End

Rural landholders are being urged to prepare for the return of severe fire weather this week.

'What's the Time Mr Wolf' gets a Territory makeover

What’s the Time Mr Dingo is just one of the maths games that has been developed for Territory preschoolers, aimed at engaging preschoolers in numeracy before they commence school.

Territorians urged to play their part in keeping children safe this National Child Protection Week

Territory Families is calling on all NT communities to recognise the role they play in protecting vulnerable children this National Child Protection Week, 3 – 9 September. Chief Executive Officer, Ken Davies, said the key to making meaningful changes to the welfare of children and young people is through prevention and early intervention; well before the situation is escalated to the child protection system.

Doctors stood down over allegations of sexual assault

Royal Darwin Hospital has stood down two doctors while we investigate allegations of sexual assault.

Artists in the Park – Commemorating National Threatened Species Day

The Territory Wildlife Park’s 2017 Artists in the Park exhibition officially opened at a ceremony at Tactile Arts Gallery in Fannie Bay last night.

New rules to protect our vulnerable black jewfish

The Northern Territory Government is committed to ensuring the sustainability of fish stocks, with new measures introduced today to protect black jewfish stocks.

Experience the beauty of Wildflower Season at the Alice Springs Desert Park

Wildlife season has arrived in the Red Centre and the spectacle is in full bloom at the Alice Springs Desert Park.

Bushfire Volunteers Thanked For Protecting Their Communities

Bushfires NT Executive Director Collene Bremner today thanked volunteer firefighters for their huge efforts and sacrifices made so far this year to protect their communities.

The Araluen Arts Centre presents two nights of Shakespeare

The Araluen Arts Centre is excited to present two comedies inspired by William Shakespeare this 16 and 19 September, when State Theatre Company South Australia present The Popular Mechanicals and Bell Shakespeare present The Merchant of Venice.

Territory Delegation Heads to Beijing for Tourism Minister’s Meeting

Department of Tourism and Culture Acting Chief Executive Andrew Hopper will travel to a Tourism Minister’s Meeting held in Beijing as part of an NT delegation.

PFAS National Environmental Management Plan

Territorians are being invited to submit questions about a draft per-and poly-fluoralkyl substances (PFAS) National Environmental Management Plan that has been released for public comment.

Unlocking the rich diversity of Sandsheet Heath

Some of the Territory’s most passionate and accomplished scientists have collaborated on a brand new field guide that will be launched at Humpty Doo on Sunday morning.

TQ Appointed Tourism NT General Manager of Marketing

Former Tourism NT head of domestic marketing, Tony Quarmby has been appointed as the new General Manager of Marketing for the Territory’s tourism agency.

Territory students bring their magic to Beat Festival 2017

Over 1000 students will be singing, dancing and entertaining the masses at the 2017 Annual Beat Festival “Magic” on 13, 14, 15 September 2017.

Statement regarding peak in demand for emergency care at Royal Darwin Hospital

Royal Darwin Hospital is currently experiencing a peak in demand for emergency care.

New culturally appropriate video supports safe eating and drinking

This week is national Speech Pathology Week and an appropriate time for the Central Australia Health Service to launch a video aimed at promoting eating, drinking and swallowing safely.

Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia - Winner to play Alice Springs recital

The winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, Andrey Gugnin, will perform a one-night-only recital at the Araluen Arts Centre on 2 September.

PFAS National Environmental Management Plan

A draft per-and poly-fluoralkyl substances (PFAS) National Environmental Management Plan has been released for public comment and is now available for download at

Contract award for next step in long term solutions for Mandorah Jetty

A $291,000 contract has been awarded to local engineering firm, Jacobs Group, to further assess the long term options for the Mandorah Jetty and Boat Ramp.

Northern Territory Operators Take to the UK Birdfair

Northern Territory tourism operators have hit the road to target birding enthusiasts at the annual British Birdwatching Fair, the largest bird fair in the world attracting more than 25,000 people and over 300 exhibitors.

Temporary closure of Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre

Territory Families is currently preparing for a six-week temporary closure of the Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre to undertake urgent fix and make safe works. The temporary closure allows for works to be done as quickly as possible.

New Media Contact Number

Unconventional NT Showcase Series targets business event planners

The NT Convention Bureau’s inaugural Unconventional Darwin Showcase 2017, a four day mega-familiarisation program that ran from Thursday 10 August to Sunday 13 August, has attracted more than 20 business event planners from across Australia.

Sydney Dance Company’s brings a wildly powerful double bill to Alice Springs

Alice Springs audiences are in for a treat when Sydney Dance Company returns to the Araluen Arts Centre on Wednesday 23 August for their national tour, Frame of Mind.

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2017 program revealed

The second annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light will illuminate Alice Springs with extraordinary contemporary art by some of Central Australia’s most celebrated Aboriginal artists over 10 nights from Friday, 22 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017, as revealed in the new creative program announced today.

Alice Springs Desert Park launches new Living Desert Experience

Alice Springs Desert Park (ASDP) is inviting guests to share the knowledge, walk the land, and unlock the mystery of the desert with the park’s new Living Desert Experience – daily from 7:30am-9:30am.

The Portrait of a Senior Territorian concludes with the announcement of the People’s Choice Award

The Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award and exhibition has concluded for 2017 with the announcement of Penca Rafiqi as the winner of this year’s People’s Choice Award.


The Central Australia Health Service is advising clients and staff members that construction for a major renovation has started at the Flynn Drive Health Centre and a temporary change of access to some of the buildings may result.