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Final collection of sentinel banana plants

Saturday is the final chance for Darwin residents taking part in the sentinel banana planting to collect their plants. Judy D’Errico, State Coordinator of the National Banana Freckle Eradication Program, said almost 2500 properties across the six quarantine zones in the Top End have already collected and planted over 5700 sentinel banana plants.

Call for Expressions of Interest for new Chairperson and Members of the Northern Territory Planning Commission

Expressions of Interest will be sought from the community for a new Chairperson and members of the board for the Northern Territory Planning Commission (NTPC).

Amy Winehouse tribute brings in New Year at Araluen Arts Centre

The Araluen Arts Centre kicks off its 2017 theatre season with Frankly Winehouse, a tribute to English singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.


Late yesterday afternoon - Wednesday 18 January 2017 - two Departmental staff based in the Alice Springs office were involved in a two vehicle crash on Larapinta Drive.

Murray Valley encephalitis warning for Central Australia

Residents in the Barkly and Alice Springs regions are being urged to take precautions to protect themselves against mosquitoes, with numbers expected to increase following extensive rainfall across the region.

Get Your Spray On When It’s Sunny – Extended hours provide more opportunity to access free herbicide

Sunny days ahead present rural landholders with a great opportunity to spray herbicide on their gamba grass.

The Daly delivers another $10,000 Barra

Another Territorian is thousands of dollars richer after catching a tagged Barramundi from the NT Government’s Season 2 Million Dollar Fish competition.

Mr Fujita's Photo Album on show in new Northern Territory Library Exhibition

A new exhibition from Northern Territory Library showcasing Mr Fujita's Photo Album, is now open.

Don’t forget to nominate for the 2017 NT Sports Awards

Anticipation is mounting ahead of the 2017 Northern Territory Sports Awards.

Fun is free these school holidays!

A three week program of free school holiday fun is back at the Darwin Waterfront, every weekday from 10am, from 9–27 January 2017.

Monsoon increases melioidosis risk

The monsoon has brought a wet and windy beginning to 2017 and people in the Northern Territory (NT) need to be aware and protect themselves from the potentially deadly disease, melioidosis.

First $10,000 barramundi hooked for 2017

The first barramundi for 2017 has been caught in the NT Government’s Season 2 Million Dollar Fish competition, in Darwin River.


A median break intersection on the Stuart Highway in front of the Coolalinga United fuel station will be upgraded to improve safety for all road users.

First saltwater crocodile removal for 2017

The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) crocodile management team yesterday captured and removed the first saltwater crocodile for 2017.


A project to identify future infrastructure requirements to provide improved road access to Alice Springs through Heavitree Gap for commuters, travellers, and freight providers is now out for public tender.

Free parking commencing at Royal Darwin Hospital

Royal Darwin Hospital will transition to a free parking system from 1 January 2017.

Changes to Fisheries Act to come into effect

Territorians are reminded that changes to the Fisheries Act will come into effect this Sunday, 1 January.

Saltwater Crocodile Removals for 2016

The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) crocodile management team has removed 223 estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles from Northern Territory waterways as part of its crocodile management program.

Recovery update at Kintore

Recovery efforts are underway at Kintore with Northern Territory Government resources being deployed to the area to assist the community.

Communications contacts for Christmas holiday period

Communications contacts for Northern Territory Government agencies over the Christmas/New Year Period.

Crocodile Management Team Responds to Crocodile Sighting in Durack

The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) crocodile management team have today responded to a croc sighting in Durack.

Recreation Lagoon reopens for swimming

The Darwin Waterfront Recreation Lagoon and beach area is now reopened for swimming.

NDIS Transition - East Arnhem Region and Darwin Supported Accommodation

On 1 January 2017, the Northern Territory (NT) will pass an important milestone in the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), with up to 300 eligible participants from the East Arnhem region and people living in supported accommodation in Darwin set to transition into the scheme over a six month period.

Recreation Lagoon temporarily closed to swimmers

The Darwin Waterfront Recreation Lagoon and beach area has been temporarily closed due to high level readings during the Darwin Waterfront Corporation’s routine water quality monitoring program.

Top End Parks Wet Season Access Update

The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory (PWCNT) advise that due to the onset of the 2016/17 wet season, the following Parks and access roads have been closed in accordance with local procedures.

New Year’s Eve free bus services

The Darwinbus New Year’s Eve special event buses will operate again this year, providing a safe transport option to welcome in the New Year.

Waterfowl season to close on 23 December

The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) would like to remind permit holders that the 2016 Waterfowl Hunting Season will close at 7.30pm on 23 December.

NT Sporting officials receive scholarship funding

Four Northern Territory (NT) sports have received Officiating Scholarship Program grants totalling $21,500.

Drinks in the esky, food in the fridge this Christmas

Territorians are being urged to heed advice about transporting, storing and preparing food safely this Christmas to avoid ruining their festive season with a bout of food poisoning.

Don’t let your pet get heatstroke

As temperatures rise at this time of year, pet owners should be aware of the threat of pet heatstroke.


A significant increase in the number of motorcycle licences being issued in the Northern Territory over the last decade has prompted changes to the delivery of a key licensing course to maximise rider safety and provide a new business opportunity for suitably qualified Territorians.

Put Pond Security on Your Christmas To-Do List

Christmas may be a season for visiting the neighbours, but Territorians are being urged not to let their pond fish do the same.

Bilby family expands at Alice Springs Desert Park

The National Recovery Plan at the Alice Springs Desert Park has produced two new resident marsupials.

Annual Closures – Leliyn (Edith Falls) within Nitmiluk National Park and Giwining / Flora River Nature Park

The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory advise that due to the onset of the 2016/17 wet season, the plunge pool at Leliyn (Edith Falls) within Nitmiluk National Park has been closed in accordance with local procedures.

Tis’ the season to not get bitten

Top End residents and visitors are urged to cover-up and protect themselves from mosquitoes over the festive season to avoid the mosquito-borne disease, Ross River virus (RRV).

Care for your furry family members this holiday season

Territorians are being reminded to ensure their pets are well cared for over the Christmas and New Year break.

Damaged cable results in communications outages in Katherine

Damage to a major fibre optic cable during construction works in Katherine has resulted in communications outages in the region.

Alice Springs Nursery successfully propagates Pityrodia loricata

The Alice Springs Desert Park nursery has a new star amongst its vast Flora and Fauna.

Darwin River Man Fined for Breaching Cabomba Quarantine Zone

Weeds officers from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have fined a Darwin River man for breaching the cabomba quarantine zone.

Media Alert

Territorians are being reminded to ensure their pets are well cared for over the Christmas and New Year break.

Tender released for remedial works at Chan Building

The Northern Territory Government has released a public tender for remedial works to protect the structural integrity of the Chan Building in Darwin’s State Square.

Media Statement: Centralian Middle School incident

An incident occurred today involving a Centralian Middle School staff member while on an excursion with students at Ellery Creek Big Hole.

Be Bat Aware

Northern Territory residents and visitors are being reminded to avoid contact with all types of bats as they are all potential carriers of the serious and potentially deadly Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABL). This reminder follows the recent detection of ABL in a Top End flying fox, making it the fourth bat to test positive to the virus in the Northern Territory since 1997.

Regional Territory Arts Projects given the Green Light

A total of 11 Northern Territory arts projects have received nearly $200,000 in funding support through the Australian Government Regional Arts Fund (RAF).

Territory Wildlife seized

Wildlife Rangers from the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory (the Commission) have seized one of the largest known collections of wildlife in Australia with a total of 1300 animal parts seized, most of which are suspected to have been illegally obtained.

Alice Springs Desert Parks 12 days of Christmas

The Alice Springs Desert Park is excited to once again present the 12 days of Christmas activity program.

Alternate Katherine heavy vehicle route identified

A Northern Territory Government planning study to establish an alternative heavy vehicle route around Katherine town centre is nearing completion.


Road safety will be improved for motorists using the Stuart Highway north of Alice Springs, from the Motor Vehicle Registry to Herbert Heritage Drive.

BIMP-EAGA Friendship Games

The Northern Territory Government is leading Team NT’s participation in the 2016 Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia- Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Friendship Games.

Top End Parthenium Surveys Underway

Top End landholders have been urged to be on the lookout for parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorous) after it was found at Victoria River Research Station (VRRS) recently.