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Northern Territory Biosecurity Strategy 2016-2026

The Northern Territory Biosecurity Strategy 2016-2026 was released today.

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Oil and Gas exploration directly south of Katherine reveals Geology unsuitable for oil and gas development

Pangaea (NT) was granted adjoining Petroleum Exploration Permits to the south of Katherine including a portion of the permit within the Katherine Municipal boundary.

Pangaea has advised that its geological assessment has confirmed that the northern part of the exploration permit EP‐167 is not commercially prospective for oil or gas.

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Varroa mite detected on Asian Honey Bee in Townsville

An Asian honey (Apis cerana) bee hive has been found at the port in Townsville, Queensland. Scientific analysis of the bees has confirmed that two varroa mites (Varroa jacobsoni) were present on two of the bees.

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2016 Regional Outlook in Darwin

The Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is hosting its free 2016 Regional Outlook in Darwin.

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Review to consider VHF marine radio network

Surf Life Saving NT is undertaking a detailed review to examine the installation of a VHF marine radio network to improve safety for recreational boat users on Darwin waters.

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DPIF researcher honoured with national horticulture award

A researcher with the NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries (DPIF) has received the 2016 AusVeg National Award for Excellence in horticulture.

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Weeds management at Legacy Mines

The Legacy Mines Unit of the Department of Mines and Energy awarded a tender to the Jululikari Council Aboriginal Corporation to conduct a weed survey and subsequent control activities on mining tenements in the Barkly Region of the Northern Territory.

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There’s a new Commonwealth Biosecurity Act

On 16 June 2016 the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Biosecurity Act 2015 replaced the Quarantine Act 1908.

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Our unique Northern Territory and its resources

In the Northern Territory, onshore gas is trapped in very deep shale rock which is much deeper than coal seam gas (CSG) found in the eastern states.  In the Territory, deep shale gas is an average of 2.5km underground.  Drinking water aquifers are between 300-500m underground.  A robust regulatory system ensures that onshore oil and gas can be safely regulated to protect water and the environment.

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Federal funding helps next phase of Rum Jungle rehabilitation

The recent Federal Budget allocation of $10 million through an extension of the Project Agreement with the Northern Territory Government will allow the continued rehabilitation planning at the former Rum Jungle Uranium mine site.