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Chinese New Year proves lucky for Darwin fishos

The Chinese New Year has proved to be lucky for two Darwin fishermen who have reeled in the eighth $10,000 prize tagged barramundi in the NT Government’s Million Dollar Fish competition.

Open Security Prisoner Absconds from Darwin Correctional Centre

An open security rated prisoner remains at large after absconding from the low security worker’s cottages overnight at the Darwin Correctional Centre at Holtze.

Araluen Arts Centre re-opens

Please be advised the Araluen Arts Centre has re-opened.

Royal Darwin Hospital prepares to farewell Timorese doctors

Two Timorese paediatric registrars who have worked in the Paediatric Department at Royal Darwin Hospital for the last six months will complete their rotations shortly to return to Timor-Leste.

Goyder Park comes to life

Tomorrow, a long-held vision will become a reality when the Administrator for the Northern Territory, the Honourable John Hardy OAM, opens a park in memory of the surveyor who founded Darwin city.

Internal audit into government travel completed

Chief Executive Officers across the NT Government were requested to conduct an internal audit into all transactions between 1 July 2009 and 18 December 2015, including Ministerial travel, between their agency and travel company Latitude Travel.

2016 Acreage Release invites investment in the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Department of Mines and Energy announced the release of onshore petroleum acreage for 2016. Round 1 is the re-release of EPNT14-3 within the Beetaloo Sub-basin of the McArthur Basin.

Huge pay day for Darwin man after hooking barramundi worth $10,000

A Darwin man has had a huge pay day after reeling in a $10,000 barramundi from the Northern Territory Government’s Million Dollar Fish competition yesterday.

Consultation key for Inner Suburbs Area Plan

Following many months of community, government and industry consultation, the Northern Territory Planning Commission has recommended the Darwin Inner Suburbs Area Plan to the Minister for Lands and Planning.

Rural Power Pole Warning

Residents of Darwin's rural area are being urged to make sure their meter poles are holding up against the wet season.

Update: Electrical fire at the Araluen Arts Centre

Please be advised that the Araluen Cultural Precinct is open today, while the Araluen Arts Centre will remain closed.

Small electrical fire at the Araluen Arts Centre

Please be advised the Araluen Cultural Precinct is closed today as a small electrical fire has damaged the electrical services.

Get active in Territory parks

The Northern Territory Government is working with the Alice Springs Town Council and the Heart Foundation to encourage healthy activities in Alice Springs and throughout the Territory’s parks.

Fly alert for NT

People are being urged to control a seasonal surge in fly numbers across the NT by correctly storing or disposing of garbage waste in household wheelie bins and industrial bins.

Public feedback sought on Daniel’s Law

Public forums will be held across the Territory, over the following two weeks, to receive feedback on ‘Daniel’s Law’.

Northern Territory ‘hot spots’ promoted in tourism campaign blitz

Australians will be urged to ‘go to a better place’ and book a holiday to the Northern Territory with a new advertising blitz by the NT Government kicking off today.

Australia Day Fun Run

Over 4000 Territorians are expected to kick off their Australia Day celebrations with the annual Australia Day Fun Run tomorrow at the Darwin Waterfront.

Screen Territory announces Northern Territory REALISATOR 2016

Applications are open for Territory based filmmakers to take part in the intensive three-day development program REALISTOR.

Kids get salmonella and their pets: prevention starts with breast feeding and cleanliness

Darwin infants are contracting the potentially fatal infection salmonella at dramatically higher levels than other Australian children and environmental factors including geckos, frogs and family pets are partly to blame, according to a just released study.

Woolianna Road and Boat Ramp open tonight

Please be advised that Woolianna Road is scheduled to be open 8pm tonight (15th January, 2016).

Absconder recaptured

A 25 year old prisoner has been recaptured by Ali Curung police after absconding last night from the Barkly Work Camp (BWC) at Tennant Creek.

CGMMV detection at Berrimah Research Farm

Two separate areas have been placed under quarantine at Berrimah Research Farm following the confirmed detection of Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus. Acting DPIF Chief Executive Ian Curnow said these sites will be treated exactly the same as any other premises infected by CGMMV in the Northern Territory. ‘This detection will not affect the ability of NT growers to trade produce interstate or the arrangement to lift quarantine for NT growers in late February 2016.’ Mr Curnow said the Department takes biosecurity very seriously, maintaining faith and confidence in our own biosecurity practices is vital.

Flags soon to fly proudly again

The Northern Territory and Australian flags which fly high over Darwin’s Bagot Road overpass will next week be replaced after they emerged a little worse for wear from weather conditions over the festive period.

Frangipanis to be treated with greater care during wet

Weed-proofing of the Top End’s iconic frangipani trees by Northern Territory Government contractors will be modified after a section of trees in Darwin’s northern suburbs sustained some damage after recent heavy rains.

Rehabilitation of frangipani trees

Weed control on Top End centre median strips where iconic frangipani trees are located will be modified after a section of trees in Darwin’s northern suburbs sustained some damage in heavy rains.

Free school holiday fun at the Darwin Waterfront

There’s no excuse for school holiday boredom with free school holiday activities every weekday from 10am to 12noon at the Darwin Waterfront.

Applications open for 2016 Artists-in-the-Park

The Territory Wildlife Park (TWP) invites artists to submit proposals for 2016 Artists-in-the-Park program. Jasmine Jan, Artistic/Narrative Co-ordinator, Territory Wildlife Park said the Artists-in-the-Park (AiP) program has been running since 2011.

Happy New Year for Magpie Geese

The Department of Land Resource Management (DLRM) remind hunters the 2015-2016 waterfowl hunting season officially closed at 7.30pm on Sunday, 3 January. Senior Scientist, Wildlife Use and Pest Animals, Keith Saalfeld, said there was no record of hunters exceeding the set bag limits this season.

Flooding prompts mosquito borne disease warning

Territorians have been urged to protect themselves against mosquitoes, with high numbers expected following flooding rains over the Christmas period.

Flooding prompts mosquito borne disease warning

Territorians have been urged to protect themselves against mosquitoes, with high numbers expected following flooding rains over the Christmas period.

More Saltwater Crocodile Removals for 2015

The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) crocodile management team has removed 290 estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles from Northern Territory waterways as part of its crocodile management program.

See in 2016 in true blue style at the Waterfront!

Darwin’s biggest New Year’s Eve event is even bigger this year, with an ‘Aussie outback’ theme and a fair dinkum line-up for young and old. There’s a free Daryl Braithwaite concert, a Blinky Bill show and meet and greet, two bonza pyro-musical fireworks displays, and an extension until midnight for the first time—you little ripper!

Don't get Melioidosis

Top Enders have been reminded that the current heavy rains are providing ideal conditions for the bacteria which causes the potentially deadly soil-borne disease, melioidosis.

Territory Pharmacist Recognised

Top End Health Service medication safety pharmacist, Tristen Pogue, has been awarded the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) PL Jeffs Early Career Pharmacist Award for 2015.

Youth absconds from court

The NT Department of Correctional Services is reviewing security arrangements for youth offenders appearing in the Darwin Magistrates Court following the absconding from custody this afternoon from Court 5.

Avoid mosquito borne disease over the festive season

It’s not just the Festive Season in the Top End, it’s also Ross River Virus season.

Some Christmas Cheer for Magpie Geese

The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) would like to remind permit holders that Lambells Lagoon Conservation Reserve and Howard Springs Hunting Reserve will close for waterfowl hunting at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 23rd of December.

Cute and cuddly ‘roos rule Instagram in 2015

A photo of a cute and cuddly joey clinging to someone’s hand was the most popular photo of 2015 on Tourism NT’s Instagram account.

Donated medical equipment saves a life… already

Medical equipment donated to the Alice Springs Hospital less than two months ago has already saved a life.

Tennant Creek Hospital making inroads with cognitively impaired patients - corrected

The Continual Improvement team at Tennant Creek Hospital has been focussing on the hospital journey for patients with cognitive impairment.

Tourism NT to hit the road in 2016 to lure backpackers north

Backpackers will be encouraged to ‘Do the NT’ as part of their Australian holiday under a new marketing initiative by the Northern Territory Government to launch early next year.

You need to think about melioidosis now!

As Top Enders experience the first rains of the Wet Season the Department of Health is asking people to protect themselves from the potentially deadly soil-borne disease, melioidosis.

Independent Monitor’s report released

The annual Independent Monitor’s report on the McArthur River Mine site was yesterday released at a community meeting in Borroloola.

Christmas at the Darwin Waterfront

Darwin’s premier lifestyle precinct will be awash with Christmas cheer throughout December.

Asbestos removal at Royal Darwin Hospital campus

Works in scrubland at the Royal Darwin Hospital campus have uncovered what appears to be old construction debris that contains fragments of asbestos material.

Art Bites : An Opportunity for Territory Documentary Makers

Screen Territory is partnering with ABC Television and Screen Australia with a series initiative Art Bites that’s set to uncover fresh, engaging and entertaining arts content from emerging Australian filmmakers.

NT EPA warns Howard Sand Plains under threat from mining

An Environmental Quality Report on the biodiversity of the Howard Sand Plains, prepared by the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA), warns of major threats to internationally significant biodiversity (plants and animals) located there.

International Day of People with a Disability is a time to consider the challenges of others

Territorians are being urged to use today’s International Day of People with a Disability to consider those living with a disability.

Registrations open for premier geoscience event

Registrations have today opened for the Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES) which presents new geoscience information and opportunities for mineral and petroleum exploration in the NT.

Yarning about Alcohol and Pregnancy launched

The Central Australia Health Service’s Remote Alcohol & Other Drugs Workforce Program has introduced a new educational tool to help deal with growing number of infants born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the Northern Territory.