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Changes to signage and activities in Northern Territory Government road reserves

The Territory Government has today released guidelines into how signage and activities, such as car sales and mobile vendors, are to be managed in government road reserves.

Charges laid over fall from height at remote cattle station

NT WorkSafe has charged Queensland based company Hewitt Cattle Australia Pty Ltd with one breach of section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011.

$1.3 million enforceable undertaking to improve road safety

NT WorkSafe has accepted a $1.3 million enforceable undertaking from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) as part of legal action stemming from a fatal road accident in Darwin in 2016. =

NT Youth Week Ambassadors

Two passionate young Territorians have been selected to promote and coordinate the Northern Territory’s most exciting week of youth events – NT Youth Week 2020.

Kunjin virus alert

People in the Top End are being warned to protect themselves against the mosquito-borne disease, Kunjin virus.

Opportunity to join Libraries & Archives NT reference group

Library & Archives NT (LANT) is looking for members of the Territory community to join a new Community Reference Group (CRG).

Successful Prosecution in Darwin Local Court

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has welcomed the decision by the Darwin Local Court to fine and convict a company, its owner as well as a former employee for environmental offences against the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act 1998 (WMPC Act).

Coronavirus evacuee quarantine update

There are no confirmed cases coronavirus in the Northern Territory. The Australians evacuated from China to the Manigurr-ma village are being screened daily for any signs of illness.

Territorians encouraged to eat healthier and take part in Smart Eating Week

Territorians are being encouraged to eat healthier and make better-informed food choices during Smart Eating Week.

Exciting Tourism Opportunity at Window on the Wetlands

The NT Government is inviting expressions of interest from private entities, joint ventures or other interested parties to take over commercial operation of the popular Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre (WOW).

The rains are continuing and cases of Melioidosis are increasing

Following the recent rains everyone in the Top End, including residents, travellers and visitors, needs to be aware of the risk of contracting the potentially deadly disease, Melioidosis.


Coronavirus update

NTIS High Performance Officiating Program

Seven of the Territory’s top sporting officials will mentor local officials and facilitate their development through the 2020 Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) High Performance Officiating Program (HPOP).

Indigenous Fellowship Deadline Extended

Please see attached a joint release from South Australian Film Corporation; Screen Territory; Screen Australia; Documentary Australia Foundation; Australian Film, Television and Radio School; ABC and NITV.

Better design ahead for apartments and mixed-use developments

The Northern Territory Planning Commission is seeking ideas from the community for how to achieve quality residential apartment and mixed-use developments.

Rural Area resident reels in first purple tag of Million Dollar Fish S5

The first charity fish has been caught as part of BetEasy’s Million Dollar Fish Season 5 competition, with Territorian Adam Waye reeling in the lucrative Barra on Tuesday, 4 February.

Araluen Arts Centre launches exciting calendar of events and exhibitions

The Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture’s Araluen Arts Centre has officially launched its Season 2020 program, which includes something for everyone.

First Heritage listing for Wadeye

The Old Convent in Wadeye has been added to the NT Heritage register. It is the first heritage listed building in the community.

First Heritage listing for Wadeye

The Old Convent in Wadeye has been added to the NT Heritage register. It is the first heritage-listed building in the community.

NT coronavirus update

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the NT. Two suspicious cases are currently being assessed at Royal Darwin Hospital. When test results become available further information will be released.

Leading Indigenous artists to perform at Parrtjima 2020

A selection of Australia’s most exciting artists including award-winning Indigenous musician Dan Sultan and iconic earth sound band OKA will perform in Alice Springs as part of the 2020 Parrtjima – A Festival in Light program.

Creative Industries Program – Applications open for Strategic Projects

Applications open today for NT artists, arts workers and arts organisations to apply for Strategic Projects and Arts Industry Development grants through the Arts NT Creative Industries Program.

Proposals sought for commercial activities in the Waterfront’s Recreation Lagoon

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation is seeking formal proposals from businesses wishing to operate water based recreational activities in the Darwin Waterfront’s Recreation Lagoon on a commercial basis.

Heritage Grants Awarded

The NT Government has awarded its latest round of Heritage Grants.

Rejoice in the rain but be aware of the unseen bacteria that re-surface every wet season

During the last fortnight of heavy rain and strong winds, there have been six cases of Melioidosis reported in the Top End.

Rum Jungle Environmental Impact Statement open for comment

The Northern Territory Government has lodged a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the rehabilitation of the former Rum Jungle Mine site. Stakeholders and members of the public are invited to comment on the draft EIS during a six-week period from 25 January to 6 March 2020.

Applications open for NTIS Officiating Development Program Round 2

Territory sporting organisations looking to upskill their officiating workforce are encouraged to apply for the second round of the Northern Territory Institute of Sport’s Officiating Development Program 2019-20.

Celebrating National Corrections Day

More than 800 NT Correctional Services men and women are being recognised today for their work to help keep NT communities safer as a part of National Corrections Day. These quiet achievers work with many offenders with some of the most challenging and complex needs at the Northern Territory’s four custodial facilities and in the community with people on supervision orders.

Media Alert - National Corrections Day 2020

Media are invited to attend National Corrections Day events at the Darwin Correctional Precinct and the Alice Springs Correctional Centre including presentations of employee awards and activities for families. National Corrections Day pays tribute to correctional services employees throughout Australia and recognises the wide variety and often challenging work they do to support safer communities.

The rains have started, be aware of melioidosis

Everyone in the Top End, including residents, travellers and visitors, needs to be aware that recent rains have increased the threat of the potentially deadly disease, Melioidosis.

Two weeks left to apply for Rural Women’s awards

Could 2020 be your year to shine? There is only two weeks left to apply for the AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Awards.

Mosquito activity to increase following monsoonal rain

Residents along the northern NT coast are encouraged to protect themselves from mosquito bites, with mosquito numbers expected to increase following heavy rainfall and high tides associated with the monsoon.

Support bushfire-affected communities this Australia Day at the Darwin Waterfront

Every dollar from every ticket sale into the Wave Lagoon over the Australia Day long weekend (25 to 27 January 2020) will be donated to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery to support communities affected by bushfires across the country.

Local fisho kicks off 2020 by reeling in a $10k catch

Darwin resident Jamie Cooper has become the first fisho of the decade to reel in a tagged Barra worth $10,000 as part of Million Dollar Fish Season 5.

Fun is free these school holidays at the Darwin Waterfront

Get the kids out of the house and down to the Darwin Waterfront these school holidays with an exciting three-week program of free activities offered every weekday from 10am.

233 saltwater crocodiles removed from NT waterways last year

The Parks and Wildlife Crocodile Management Unit removed 233 saltwater crocodiles from Territory waterways during 2019.

Fireworks are for people, not pets!

Fireworks are a fun and exciting way to see in the New Year, but for pets they can be extremely stressful.

Bootu Creek prepares for recommencement of in-pit mining

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) has signed a variation to the authorisation which establishes the conditions for OM Holdings to recommence some in-pit mining at Bootu Creek.

Top Ten Insta-hits of 2019

A photo of Longitude 131°, the luxury wilderness camp just outside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, was the most liked image on Tourism NT’s Instagram channel @NTaustralia for 2019.

Measles Alert

Territorians are being warned to be alert for measles and get immunised, following confirmation of a further case of this highly contagious disease in Darwin.

Cool it! Dogs don’t belong in hot cars

With extremely hot temperatures being felt currently, spare a thought for our best fur friends and the heat they’re experiencing.


Extreme heat conditions are forecast for much of the Northern Territory in coming days. NT Health encourages all residents and visitors to take appropriate precautions to avoid heat stress (also known as heat stroke) and dehydration.

Influenza Spike in Central Australia

Central Australians are being urged to protect themselves against influenza even though it is late in the flu season.

Pop-up art exhibition at the Territory Wildlife Park

A pop-up exhibition featuring a collection of paintings by Alicia Hart, one of eight artists who completed the 2019 Artists in the Park (AiP) residency program, officially opens today at the Territory Wildlife Park.

2019 Portrait of a Senior Territorian People’s Choice Award Winner

The 2019 Portrait of a Senior Territorian has concluded with Peter Turner awarded the People’s Choice Award for his portrait titled Man of Country.

Don’t let food poisoning ruin your festive fun!

With a host of family gatherings, parties and barbeques with mates and work colleagues over the festive season, it is important to follow food safety tips to avoid your family members, friends or other guests getting food poisoning and ruining Christmas!

Ruby Gap Nature Park Draft Joint Management Plan out for comment

The NT Government and Traditional Owners have developed a draft Joint Management Plan for Ruby Gap Nature Park, which is now open for public comment.

Improving the visitor experience: Window on the Wetlands gets new air-con

The Window on the Wetlands (WoW) Visitor Centre will offer an improved experience for visitors once a new air-con system is installed.

Viking Orion to overnight in Darwin

The Viking Orion will overnight in Darwin tonight with an influx of tourists visiting the region, providing a boost to the economy over the tropical summer.

All Aboard the Christmas Train in the Gardens

Experience the magic of Christmas at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens with the much-loved train returning to take passengers on a magical Christmas journey.