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Midpul Cycle Bridge over the Stuart Highway will re-open to cyclists and pedestrians from Monday 27 March.

Second saltwater croc trapped in Katherine Gorge

The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) have trapped a 3.4 metre saltwater crocodile in the first gorge at Nitmiluk National Park near Katherine.

Suspended Sentence - For the biggest seizure of illegal wildlife in the Northern Territory

A 32 year old Darwin man has been given a 10 month suspended sentence for over three hundred and fifty charges of possessing prohibited and protected wildlife.

Kakadu tour guide training targets Mandarin speaking tour guides

Expressions of interest are invited for Mandarin speaking tour guides from across Australia to take part in a Knowledge for Tour guides program to be facilitated by the Department of Tourism and Culture, Charles Darwin University and Parks Australia.

NT EPA recommends approval of Project Sea Dragon Stage 1 Legune Grow-Out Facility

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has today recommended approval of Project Sea Dragon Pty Ltd’s proposal to build and operate a new prawn grow-out facility at Legune Station, near the Western Australia border.

Artists Chosen for Creative in Residence Program

Three Territory artists have been announced as Creative in Residence to take part in a new program that will produce exciting art works in collaboration with some of the Territory’s most iconic cultural venues.

NT WorkSafe program ensuring quality rooftop solar installations

Territory homeowners are embracing renewable energy, with a boom in the installation of rooftop solar (Solar PV) systems. With an average Solar PV system costing around $10,000, a NT WorkSafe program is ensuring Territorians are getting the most out of their major household investment and most importantly, that it is safe.

First Ever Weed Management Plan for Athel Pine

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) today released the Weed Management Plan for Athel Pine, following extensive consultation with key stakeholders.

Escape from Don Dale overnight

A young detainee is back in custody this morning after escaping from Don Dale Youth Detention Centre late last night. He was returned to Don Dale by an older family relative early this morning.

NT Tourism campaign takes over Brisbane

Tourism NT’s latest advertising campaign featuring images of the Territory’s stunning Top End Landscapes and incredible adventures and flight deals on offer, is set to take over Brisbane for the next two months.

Grants support community groups to spread the Harmony message

A diverse range of colourful activities and events are being held across the Northern Territory to mark Harmony Day and celebrate our vibrant multicultural communities. To assist with staging these events schools and community based organisations were encouraged to apply for up to $1,000 in financial assistance through the NT Government’s annual Harmony Grants program, which is managed by Territory Families’ Office of Multicultural Affairs.


Territory singer and songwriter Ben Evolent (Joshua Tarca) has launched a new music video for his song Next Time.


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NT EPA to take part in PFAS Summit

Representatives from the NT EPA will next month take part in a summit of international experts and regulators on the environmental regulation of per-and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS).

Local artist donates artwork to Alice Springs Hospital

The Central Australia Health Service welcomes the donation of artwork by local artist Kaye Kessing, which will brighten up the Emergency Paediatrics Unit in the Alice Springs Hospital’s Emergency Department.

The story of Fleetwood Mac songbird Christine McVie LIVE onstage

Fleetwood Mac fans will be able to sing along to all their favourite songs when the Araluen Arts Centre presents Go Your Own Way: The Story of Christine McVie on Saturday 1 April, 2017.

Get on your bike for National Ride2School Day

National Ride2School Day is on Friday 17 March, and is coordinated nationally by bike advocacy group Bicycle Network. National Ride2School Day is an opportunity for Northern Territory students and school communities to embrace a healthier start and to try walking and riding to school for themselves.

Araluen Arts Centre commemorates artist Iain Campbell

The Araluen Arts Centre will open a new exhibition I used to be an artist to commemorate the life of Alice Springs artist Iain Campbell this Friday.

Sea Ranger Workshop

Crab Claw Island is set to host the Territory’s first ever Sea Ranger Workshop to be coordinated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) this week.

Emily Loves to Bounce comes to life at the Araluen Arts Centre

Children and families are invited on an exciting and educational journey when Patch Theatre Company presents Emily Loves to Bounce at the Araluen Arts Centre from 29 – 30 March, 2017.

It’s time to go hiking - Walk in the Park back for Katherine and Alice Springs

The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory Walk in the Park program is happening again this year with events in Katherine and Alice Springs Parks and Reserves.


Following a reported incident on the Darwinbus Network yesterday – Monday 13 March 2017 – the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) has investigated the matter.

Cracking the Code of Cycads

Botanists at the Northern Territory Herbarium have teamed up with the University of Edinburgh and California Academy of Sciences to crack the genetic code of Top End cycads.

Grab your pack and lace up your boots it’s top end junior ranger time!

Top End children are encouraged to enrol for the Parks and Wildlife Commission of The Northern Territory’s Junior Ranger Program.

Australian Superbike Championship returns to Darwin

The Northern Territory government will bring the Australian Superbike Championship back to Darwin with the Round 4 event to be held at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin on 6-9 July, 2017.

Rapid Creek Flood Mitigation

A tender has been released to market for the construction of a stormwater detention basin and associated drainage as part of flood mitigation measures for Rapid Creek.

Top End turtles return home

Two Top End turtles found in dire straits last year are set for a return home to the wild after spending the past few months recovering at Charles Darwin University (CDU).

Telehealth to expand services in Central Australia

The Central Australia Health Service is once again working closely with the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) to improve Telehealth service delivery in remote Australia.


It’s a Supercharged, Supercars party with two nights of sensational entertainment announced for the RACE & ROCK concerts at Hidden Valley.

Flickerfest returns to the Araluen Arts Centre

The Araluen Arts Centre is excited for the return of Flickerfest, Australia’s leading Academy Award accredited and BAFTA-recognised Short Film Festival, to the Circus Lawns in March.

Bushrangers ready for crucial Sheffield Shield game in Alice Springs

The Victorian Bushrangers will take on the Western Warriors at Traeger Park in Alice Springs from today.

Alice Springs Desert Park celebrates 20 years - save the date for the free family open day

A milestone year for the Alice Springs Desert Park, March 2017 marks the 20 year anniversary of the facility, having officially opened on 22 March 1997 by the then Honourable Shane Stone, MLA Chief Minister of the Northern Territory.

Media Advisory

What: Two Top End turtles found in dire straits last year are set for a return home to the wild tomorrow morning. Media are invited to film Chompa the olive ridley and Gretchen the green sea turtle today at Charles Darwin University’s rehabilitation facility where they’ve spent the past few months.

Support to celebrate our multicultural communities

Is your community group keen to hold an event that celebrates the Northern Territory’s vibrant migrant and multicultural communities? Applications are now open for Round 1 of the Northern Territory Government’s 2017-2018 Multicultural Grants Program that offers financial assistance to eligible organisations to deliver activities that positively promote the NT’s diverse mix of cultural groups.

2017 Seniors Month Grants - Now Open

Is your organisation interested in supporting and celebrating seniors in your community? The Northern Territory Government offers grants of up to $2000 to community organisations to support the delivery of events and activities as part of Seniors Month in August.

Free Workshops for the Sport and Recreation Community

The Northern Territory Government is providing free workshops to help develop the skills and knowledge of committee members and administrators within the sport and active recreation community.

Local filmmakers pitch the NT to industry leaders at the Australian International Documentary Conference

14 Territory film makers are in Melbourne pitching NT stories to the annual Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC).

Community Bat Night at Simpsons Gap

The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory (PWCNT) is celebrating National Bat month by hosting a community Bat Night at Simpsons Gap.

Escape from Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre

At approximately 22:57pm on Sunday 5 March 2017 three youths escaped from Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre. Police were notified immediately after the detainees were identified as missing and a search for the detainees commenced.

Tanami Road update

Following an extended period of rain and flooding, assessments are underway to determine the repairs needed on the Tanami Road.

Town camp review extended

*Clarification* Saltwater Crocodile Trapped at Litchfield National Park

*Please note the correct figure for the number of saltwater crocodiles trapped by PWCNT in 2017 is 60 compared to 42 this time last year.

NT operators travel to world’s largest travel trade show

14 Northern Territory tourism operators are on their way to the world’s biggest travel trade show the International Tourism Borse (ITB) in Berlin 6-10 March, which is part of the 2017 NT Central Europe Mission.

Saltwater Crocodile Trapped at Litchfield National Park

The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) has trapped a 3.3m saltwater crocodile in Litchfield National Park.

Bombing of Darwin number plate sales donated to Legacy NT

$64,450 has been donated to Legacy NT from the sale of the Bombing of Darwin commemorative number plates, thanks to the support of Territorians.

Kookaburras to play Pakistan in Darwin

The Australian men’s hockey team, the Kookaburras, will take on Pakistan in a four-test match series in Darwin at the end of March.

Largest cruise ship to visit Australia docks in Darwin

The biggest cruise ship to visit Australia, the Ovation of the Seas, arrived in Darwin today delivering a bumper trade for local retailers and tourism businesses.

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light to illuminate the Territory in 2017

The Northern Territory Government will present the second annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light event in Alice Springs from Friday, 22 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017, featuring an expanded program that celebrates the magnificent Aboriginal art of Central Australia.

Options released for Howard Springs Rural Activity Centre Area Plan

The Northern Territory Planning Commission is inviting the Howard Springs community to comment on options for its Rural Activity Centre Area Plan.

Calling All Sporting Officials – Apply Now

Calling All Sporting Officials – Apply Now Applications are now open for round 2 of the Northern Territory Institute of Sport Officiating Scholarship Program 2016-17.