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Celebrating the role of Botanic Gardens

Join in the free fun and festivities at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens this Sunday to celebrate Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Open Day.

New tourism awards categories with cash prizes now open for nominations

Two new categories have been included in the 2019 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards, the industry’s premier awards.

Territory Families Half Year Report

The Territory Families Strategic Plan 2017-2020: Half Year Report 1 July – 31 December 2018 shows that steady progress is being made to implement major reforms and improvements to services across child protection, domestic and family violence, youth justice services, senior’s recognition and multicultural affairs.



NTIS Officiating Development Program Round 2

Seven Territory Peak Sporting Bodies will benefit from a total of almost $32,000 in funding as part of the Northern Territory Government’s 2018-19 NTIS Officiating Development Program.

Learn to DriveSafe NT

New and beginner drivers in the Territory are encouraged to enrol in the safe road user program; DriveSafe NT.

Prosecution Proceedings Commenced Over Causing Serious Environmental Harm in Darwin

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has completed a year-long investigation into the illegal disposal and burial of thousands of cubic metres of construction and demolition waste material onto the foreshore and into Darwin Harbour.

Statement - Fred's Pass Show ride incident

NT WorkSafe has commenced an investigation into incident involving the Octopus Ride at the Fred's Pass Show.

Countdown is on for 2019 People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival

Northern Territory Major Events Company staff are gearing up to host the most successful People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival yet, with less than 24 hours to go until gates open to the sell-out event on Saturday, 18 May.

Shaping the future of Katherine East

The Northern Territory Planning Commission is now commencing the second stage of community consultation in Katherine to seek feedback on the draft Area Plan for the suburb of Katherine East.

The good news continues for commercial kaffir lime leaf growers in the Northern Territory

In good news for kaffir lime leaf growers, the first interstate consignment of leaves were sent from the NT to New South Wales (NSW) on 13 May under a recently-approved national protocol.

2019 People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival Sold Out

This year’s People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival is now officially sold out.

No new measles cases but the risk is not over

The measles outbreak that began in Darwin in mid-February is over but Territorians are reminded they still need to ensure they are immune from the disease.

Elders Visiting Program supports safer communities

Northern Territory Correctional Services is working closely with Aboriginal Elders from around the Territory on programs aimed at supporting safer communities by reducing the high rates of Aboriginal imprisonment and re-offending. Members of the Correctional Services Elders Visiting Program are meeting in Darwin this week for the group’s annual forum, and will discuss progress on programs as well as introducing new initiatives including the Community Support Program on Groote Eylandt.

National Families Week

National Families Week starts today and celebrates the critical role families play in teaching, supporting and nurturing Territory children as they grow up.

Environment Grants Help Territorians Breathe Easier with AirRater

Top End residents with lung conditions such as asthma are set to breathe a little easier following today’s launch of the Northern Territory’s AirRater smart phone app.

Meet your 2019 Creatives in Residence

Three NT creatives have been selected for the 2019 Creative in Residence program with each artist receiving $30,000 to take up residency at the Araluen Cultural Precinct, the Northern Territory Library and the Northern Territory Archives Service from July 2019.

Spoil mum this Sunday at the Saltwater Craft Fair

Let mum pick her own gift this Sunday at the Tactile Arts Saltwater Craft Fair, from 9am to 2pm.

Darwin’s events calendar positions city as a ‘must-do’ destination for travellers

The tourism and events industry in the Territory’s capital is gearing up for a bumper Dry Season, with this year’s calendar of events bigger and better than ever before.

First Domestic, Sexual and Family Violence Conference to be held in Darwin

More than 150 frontline workers and specialists will come together today to participate in the Northern Territory’s first domestic, family and sexual violence conference.

Eyes of Australia on Darwin as Win a Top End Wedding competition winners say ‘I do’

Thousands of viewers across Australia had a front-row seat at the television wedding of the year this morning, when Nine Network’s Today Win a Top End Wedding competition winners Lauren and Steve said ‘I do’ at picturesque Pee Wee’s at the Point.


The 2019 National Yellow Ribbon Road Safety Week starts Monday, 6 May, with the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics announcing the release of the Towards Zero Road Safety Grants Program to coincide with the nation-wide initiative.cide with the nation-wide initiative.

Construction starting on new Smith and Bennett Street Covered Walkways

Construction is starting on the new covered walkways at the Smith and Bennet Street intersections on Tuesday 7 May 2019, as part of the Territory Government’s commitment to cooling and shading Darwin’s CBD.

Live music returns to the Waterfront this Dry Season

Live music returns this Dry Season; every Wednesday and Sunday at Stokes Hill Wharf from 6pm to 9pm and every Sunday at the Recreation Lagoon from 12noon to 4pm.

The Territory on display at Darwin Showcase

A group of Australian business event planners from the corporate, association and incentive markets are in the Top End to take part in the Darwin Showcase.


The Director Building Control of the Northern Territory has issued notices to building owners following an investigation into nine non-compliant structures in Darwin.

Statement – Workplace fatality on Wishart Road, Tivendale

NT WorkSafe has commenced an investigation into the fatality that occurred yesterday at a plant hire business located on Wishart Road, Tivendale.

Territory tourism investment opportunities on display

A Northern Territory Tourism Investment Forum is taking place at the Darwin Convention Centre today as part of the Arafura Games 2019 Business Engagement Program.

Keep the change! Pay for street parking on your smartphone

Street parking is now more convenient at the Darwin Waterfront through the introduction of smartphone parking apps, saving users both time and money.

NT Seniors Recognition Scheme values senior Territorians

Northern Territory residents who are 65 years or older are eligible to receive an annual payment of $500 to use for travel, electricity or water.

World Immunisation Week: Vaccines Work

This week is World Immunisation Week and the theme is ‘Protected Together: Vaccines Work!’

Thailand Grand Festival at the Darwin Waterfront

The Darwin Waterfront will be bursting with Thai culture tomorrow evening from 4pm to 10pm with the Thailand Grand Festival.

Tropical Cyclone Trevor hardship payments closing Friday

For the information of households in Borroloola, Ngukurr, Numbulwar, Milyakburrra, Groote Eylandt and Robinson River affected by Tropical Cyclone Trevor.

Early influenza season in Central Australia

The 2019 flu season has arrived early in Central Australia, with increasing numbers of cases being reported over the past three weeks.

Plenty to do in our Parks and Reserves this Easter

Escape the holiday boredom and discover what nature has to offer at our Parks and Reserves over the Easter long weekend.

Jumping Roo to Welcome You at Alice Springs Airport

A new Jumping Roo display is welcoming passengers to Alice Springs Airport, promoting tourism experiences and products in the region.

Good news for kaffir lime leaf growers

Commercial kaffir lime leaf growers can now transport kaffir lime leaves to interstate markets for culinary purposes after a protocol detailing an operating procedure for the treatment and movement of kaffir lime leaves was approved by the Australian and state governments.

Secret location of Top End Wedding competition revealed

Pee Wee’s at the Point in East Point Reserve has been revealed as the secret location for the wedding ceremony in the Nine Network’s Today Win a Top End Wedding competition.

Darwin Waterfront’s Easter Eggs-travaganza

Hop to the Darwin Waterfront this Easter Saturday, 20 April from 9am to 1pm, and make all your child’s Easter dreams come true!


The Northern Territory Government is committed to implementing a range of youth justice initiatives to provide enhanced life outcomes for young people across the Northern Territory.

HMAS Darwin Anchor Displayed in Darwin CBD

The anchor from HMAS Darwin is going to find a permanent home in Darwin, and will be displayed on the grounds of the Administrator’s Offices on the corner of the Esplanade and Smith Street.

Celebrate School Holidays at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

Hop to the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens on Tuesday 16 April 2019 to escape the holiday boredom and try to catch a glimpse of the Easter bunny.

New Youth Justice Officers Start on the Job

Twenty eight new youth justice officers have graduated from induction training this week and started on the job, working in youth detention centres across the Northern Territory.

Holiday health reminder - measles and mosquitoes

Territorians are being reminded to take extra precautions over the school holiday period, with measles still circulating and the mosquito-borne Kunjin virus being detected in the Top End.

2019 Parrtjima program proves popular

The uniqueness of Parrtjima – A Festival in Light with its incredible light installations and projected artwork across the MacDonnell Ranges is again attracting large crowds to Alice Springs, with a 25 per cent increase on attendance in comparison to the 2018 figures.

Showcasing the Territory at the Australian Tourism Exchange 2019

The best of the Territory’s tourism experiences are on show to around 1,500 industry representatives at the largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event this week.



Prosecution Proceedings Commenced Over Oil Spill in Darwin

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has completed a year-long investigation into a large oil spill that occurred from an industrial premises located at Pinelands.

Zen-in your weekends with free yoga

Zen-in your weekends with free yoga classes every Saturday in the Dry from 8am at the Darwin Waterfront.

Skipper pleads guilty over deckhand’s death

A skipper for a Darwin shipping company has been convicted and fined $20,000 in the Darwin Local Court after the death of 37 year old deckhand Daniel Bradshaw.