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Entries now open for the 2020 Northern Territory Literary Awards

Territory writers are encouraged to enter the 2020 Northern Territory Literary Awards for a chance to win cash prizes plus annual memberships and masterclasses with NT Writers’ Centre.

COVID-19 diagnosis for Darwin man

A Darwin man in his 30s has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) after returning from South America last Sunday.

New COVID-19 case in Darwin

A Darwin woman in her 50s who recently returned from overseas has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) this afternoon.

Measures on public buses to guard against COVID-19 spread

Measures on public buses to guard against COVID-19 spread

Measures on public buses to guard against COVID-19 spread

The Northern Territory Government and bus contractors are enacting measures on public buses to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

New measures to protect NT prisoners

NT Correctional Services has introduced new measures to protect prisoners and the broader community from the threat of coronavirus infection. Correctional Services is suspending all Community Service Work Party activities from Friday 27 March 2020.

Update on NRL ANZAC Eve clash in Darwin

The scheduled NRL game between the Parramatta Eels and the Brisbane Broncos at TIO Stadium will no longer go ahead on Friday, 24 April, due to COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Contact tracing continues

Contact tracing is continuing for the recent cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosed in the Northern Territory (NT).

Five COVID-19 diagnoses in the Northern Territory

Four Territorians and a Queenslander have returned positive tests for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Northern Territory today.

COVID-19 diagnosis for Darwin couple

A Darwin couple who recently returned from overseas travel have today tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 confirmation for Darwin man in NSW

A Darwin man has tested positive to Coronavirus (COVID-19) while in quarantine in New South Wales (NSW).

An early finish for Tropical Light

The Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition in Darwin has ended early due to precautions around COVID-19. The exhibition, which was due to run until 30 April 2020, has ended today. The lights will not be turned on tonight.

Update on Territory Parks and Reserves

To restrict the spread of COVID-19, the Parks and Wildlife Commission has today confirmed that Territory campgrounds, multi-day walks and high-use day areas that encourage groups to gather, will be closed from 5pm Thursday 26 March 2020.  

Update: Territory’s Sixth case of COVID-19

A Darwin man in his seventies was reported as the Northern Territory’s sixth case of COVID-19 this morning. The man returned to Darwin from Sydney on QF840 on Friday 20 March 2020 arriving at 1pm. 

NT Correctional Services suspending social visits for prisoners

Northern Territory Correctional Services is suspending all social visits to prisoners from Wednesday 25 March 2020 at the Darwin and Alice Springs Correctional Centres and the work camps at Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy. The decision is part of Australia wide plans to minimise potential risks to the health and wellbeing of prisoners, staff, essential support service workers and the wider community during the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

Another confirmed case of COVID-19 in the NT

There has been another travel-related case of coronavirus confirmed in the Northern Territory overnight.

Another confirmed case of COVID-19 in the NT

There has been another travel-related case of coronavirus confirmed in the Northern Territory overnight.

Northern Territory Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Two people have today tested positive to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and followed the recommended health protocols to minimise the risk to others until they could get medical treatment.

NT EPA prepares to implement government’s new environmental regulatory reforms

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) is preparing to implement the Northern Territory Government’s newly reformed environmental regulatory regime.

Citrus canker restrictions to be lifted in Darwin

Citrus canker restricted areas will be lifted in the Darwin, Palmerston and the rural areas from today, 20 March 2020, as this serious plant disease is moving towards being eradicated from the Northern Territory (NT).

Restricting visitor hours at RDH

Royal Darwin and Palmerston Hospitals are restricting visiting hours from Friday 19 March to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to patients.

CANCELLED *** MEDIA ALERT *** General update on COVID-19 response for the NT 

THIS MEDIA EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED *** MEDIA ALERT *** General update on COVID-19 response for the NT

*** MEDIA ALERT *** General update on COVID-19 response for the NT

*** MEDIA ALERT *** General update on COVID-19 response for the NT TOPIC: General update on COVID-19 response for the NT

Applications open for 2019-2020 Regional Museums Grant Support Program

Northern Territory regional museums, keeping places, and community art galleries committed to the preservation of cultural heritage are invited to apply for project funding through the annual Regional Museums Grant Support Program.

Tourism NT shines bright at Mumbrella Travel Awards

The second largest box office Australian movie of 2019, Top End Wedding, continues to generate results for the Territory with Tourism NT winning three awards at the 2020 Mumbrella Travel Awards held in Sydney last night.

Expressions of Interest open for Araluen Cultural Precinct Community Reference Group

The Araluen Cultural Precinct Community Reference Group is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from community members who have a demonstrated commitment to the ongoing development of the Araluen Cultural Precinct.

Get some ZZZs to help your health

This World Sleep Day (13 March) NT Health wants to help Territorians get a good night’s sleep and learn about the importance of some shuteye for better health.

*** MEDIA ALERT *** General update on COVID-19 response for the NT Published

13 March 2020 TOPIC: General update on COVID-19 response for the NT SPOKESPEOPLE • Associate Professor Dianne Stephens, Deputy Chief Health Officer and COVID-19 Health Lead LOCATION: Meeting Room 2, Level 8, TIO Building, 24 Mitchell St. Darwin TIME: 12pm FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2020

Chinese Portrait exhibition at the NT Library

The Chinese community’s contribution to the history and culture of the Territory is featured in a free exhibition recently launched at the NT Library.

Darwin Waterfront Corporation – Pandemic Response Statement

Darwin locals and visitors are encouraged to continue to visit the Darwin Waterfront precinct’s restaurants and shops, despite the global health pandemic associated with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

*** MEDIA ALERT *** General update on COVID-19 response for the NT

11 March 2020 TOPIC: General update on COVID-19 response for the NT SPOKESPEOPLE • Associate Professor Dianne Stephens, Deputy Chief Health Officer and COVID-19 Health Lead

Millennials targeted for a Fly and Drive NT Holiday

Tourism NT has launched its annual Drive campaign for 2020 today encouraging interstate visitors, including a younger demographic to take a ‘fly and drive’ holiday to the NT with the message that the NT is ‘nothing like your normal road trip’.

Local angler cashes in with culvert catch through Million Dollar Fish S5

Territorian Jethro Kahler has become the sixth fisherman to win big through BetEasy’s Million Dollar Fish Season 5 competition.

Nominate Now for the 2020 NT Training Awards

Nominations for the 65th Northern Territory Vocational Education and Training awards are now open.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Territory Update

The most important thing for everyone to remember with COVID-19 is to maintain strict hygiene by:· Washing your hands· Avoid shaking hands with people who may be unwell· Stay at a distance of 1.5 m away from someone who is unwell· Coughing or sneezing into your elbow· Don’t go to crowded places if you’re unwell including staying home from school or work.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Territory Update - Correction to web address

The most important thing for everyone to remember with COVID-19 is to maintain strict hygiene by: ·       Washing your hands ·       Avoid shaking hands with people who may be unwell ·       Stay at a distance of 1.5 m away from someone who is unwell ·       Coughing or sneezing into your elbow ·       Don’t go to crowded places if you’re unwell including staying home from school or work.

2020 Creative Fellowships Awarded with Additional Grant Round for ATSI Artist announced

The 2020 Creative Fellowships have been awarded to leading Territory artists Winsome Jobling, Jo Dutton, Sandra Thibodeaux and arts professional Michelle Culpitt.

Record 35 NT Operators to attend NT Muster 2020

The Northern Territory’s destinations, experiences and products will be promoted to hundreds of East Coast travel agents with a record 35 Territory tourism operators joining Tourism NT at the annual domestic roadshow, NT Muster.

COVID-19 Northern Territory Update

NT Health has continued to trace all those people considered close contacts of the 52-year-old man with COVID-19 infection from the QF840 flight from Sydney on Tuesday to advise them to self-isolate.

NT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH STATEMENT

On Tuesday, 3 March in the afternoon a tourist checked in to the Ramada Hotel.

Awareness campaign launched to improve safety in the Territory

NT WorkSafe has relaunched its Homecomings campaign to continue raising awareness in the community around workplace safety.

UPDATE: COVID-19 case confirmed in Darwin

On 4 March a 52-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 in Darwin, becoming the first confirmed case in the Northern Territory.

NTGS presents at Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada convention

The Northern Territory’s rich endowment of diverse mineral commodities will be showcased on the global stage this week at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention, the world’s premier mineral exploration and mining convention, attracting attendees from over 132 countries.

First confirmed COVID-19 case in Northern Territory

NT Health has this evening confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the community.

*** MEDIA ALERT ***

Media are invited to join AUSMAT and evacuees from the Diamond Princess as they are released from quarantine at Howard Springs

Women in coaching invited to attend forum

Female coaches looking to network and hear from other female coaches are invited to attend the Women in Coaching Forum hosted by the Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) on 10 March.

Exciting new additions to the Parrtjima program this year

Parrtjima burst on to the Alice Springs social scene in 2016 in an explosion of light, and has continued to evolve and impress ever since. That tradition continues in 2020, with two exciting new experiences added to the program.

Hearing loss is preventable

Territorians are being urged to look after their ears and their hearing.

Screen Territory to offer NT filmmaker the opportunity to take part in internationally recognised program

Screen Territory, together with US development company Imagine Impact, invite NT filmmakers to apply for an intensive mentorship program to discover and cultivate storytellers.

Operation Knot – Dog walking compliance checks to increase at Casuarina Coastal Reserve

Dog walkers that visit the Casuarina Coastal Reserve are being asked to re-familiarise themselves with the dog walking regulations to help protect our amazing habitat and in particular, the migrating shorebirds that visit this area.