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Archive for June, 2021
NT locks down Alice Springs, virus alert

The Northern Territory will lockdown more than 25,000 people in Alice Springs after a central Australian mine worker infected four mates with COVID-19. June 30, 2021 The Northern Territory has extended its lockdown to Alice Springs after a central Australian miner infected four family members with COVID-19. Concerns have been raised for the town’s Aboriginal community, […]

Darwin COVID-19 testing site swamped

People in Darwin and its surrounding area have been told to pre-book for COVID-19 tests to avoid waiting for hours in long queues of cars. June 30, 2021 People locked down in Darwin and its surrounding area have been told to pre-book for COVID-19 tests to avoid hours of waiting in long queues. The Top […]

Scientists find black holes eating stars

Australian scientists have helped find the gravitational waves from two massive star-eating black holes as they collided with collapsing supergiant stars. June 30, 2021 Australian scientists have helped find two massive star-eating black holes, which have been likened to the video game character Pac-Man. An international team captured billion-year-old gravitational waves from the death spirals […]

Perth wakes to first full day of lockdown

Western Australia is set to start its first full day of lockdown as authorities attempt to crush a Delta variant COVID-19 outbreak linked to NSW. June 30, 2021 Premier Mark McGowan says Western Australia’s snap lockdown aims to crush the new COVID-19 outbreak but the highly infectious Delta strain is testing health systems and the […]

NT mine-linked COVID outbreak growing

The wife and daughter of a COVID-infected miner are the latest cases in a Delta variant outbreak that started at a mine in central Australia. June 30, 2021 The family of an infected worker from a central Australian mine are the latest Delta-variant COVID-19 positive cases recorded from an outbreak that’s grown to 11. The […]

NT mine-linked COVID outbreak grows by two

The wife and daughter of a COVID-19 infected miner are the latest cases in a Delta variant outbreak that started at Newmont’s Granites Mine near Alice Springs. June 29, 2021 The Northern Territory has recorded two more Delta variant COVID-19 cases as an outbreak that started in a central Australian mine grows. The most recent […]

NT COVID outbreak close contact list grows

The number of close contacts linked to a Delta variant COVID-19 outbreak that started at Newmont’s Granites Mine near Alice Springs continues to grow. June 29, 2021 The number of Northern Territory close contacts linked to a Delta variant COVID-19 outbreak that started in a central Australian mine continues to grow. The most recent and seventh case […]

Extinct native mouse found on WA islands

An extinct native mouse thought to have been wiped out more than 150 years ago has been found thriving on islands off Western Australia. June 29, 2021 Scientists have discovered that an extinct native mouse thought to have been wiped out more than 150 years ago is thriving on islands off Western Australia. Researchers compared DNA […]

NT lockdown extended, more cases expected

A growing coronavirus outbreak linked to a central Australian mine has prompted the Northern Territory government to extend a snap lockdown. June 29, 2021 The Northern Territory’s snap lockdown has been extended after a seventh COVID-19 case was reported from an outbreak linked to a central Australian mine. The lockdown was expected to end on […]

NT lockdown extended as outbreak grows

Darwin and its surrounding areas will remain locked down for several more days after another COVID-19 case linked to a central Australian mine was found. June 28, 2021 A snap lockdown in the Northern Territory has been extended after a seventh COVID-19 case was reported from an outbreak linked to a central Australian mine. The lockdown […]

NT warned mine outbreak likely to grow

Darwin and its surrounding areas have been locked down for 48 hours after six COVID-19 cases linked to a central Australian mine were discovered. June 28, 2021 Northern Territory authorities fear a COVID-19 outbreak linked to a central Australian mine could grow further as Darwin and its surrounding areas start their first full day of lockdown. The […]

Darwin in lockdown as NT tracks COVID-19

Darwin and its surrounding areas have been locked down for 48 hours after five COVID-19 cases linked to a central Australian mine were discovered. June 28, 2021 Darwin and its surrounding areas are waking up to their first full day of lockdown after five COVID-19 cases linked to a central Australian mine. The cases are […]

Mine site cases send Darwin into lockdown

More than 200,000 people in Darwin and surrounding areas have entered a 48-hour lockdown after five new COVID-19 cases linked to a gold mine. June 27, 2021 Darwin and surrounding areas are in lockdown following five new COVID-19 cases linked to a gold mine in central Australia. Chief Minister Michael Gunner says the outbreak represents […]

Glencore community funds allegedly misused

The Northern Territory government and miner Glencore have been accused of misusing millions of dollars set aside to help Aboriginal traditional owners. June 27, 2021 The Northern Territory government and a massive lead and zinc mine have been accused of misusing millions of dollars set aside for the benefit of traditional owners. Glencore’s McArthur River Mine […]

US Marines in Top End ready for action

With more than 2000 Marines in Australia’s north, commander USMC Colonel David Banning says the force isn’t just in the Top End to train, it’s ready for action. June 26, 2021 US Marines stationed in Australia’s north aren’t just in the Top End to train, says their commanding officer. USMC Colonel David Banning insists his […]

Three die in outback crash near Uluru

A woman and two men have been killed in a late-night outback vehicle rollover near Uluru in the Northern Territory. June 25, 2021 Three people have been killed in an outback vehicle rollover near Uluru in central Australia. Northern Territory Police say the incident happened on the Lasseter Highway, 80km west of the Stuart Highway, about […]

Racism linked to poor Indigenous health

Indigenous adults who have experienced discrimination have poor health regardless of their age, where they live and their gender, researchers say. June 25, 2021 Indigenous Australians who have experienced racism develop poor health, a study has found. Australian National University researchers analysed data from more than 8000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults. They found […]

ICAC finds corruption at Darwin racetrack

The Northern Territory’s anti-corruption watchdog has unveiled misconduct while probing a $12 million government grant to build a Darwin Turf Club grandstand. June 25, 2021 The Northern Territory’s anti-corruption watchdog has uncovered misconduct and mismanagement of public resources while investigating a multi-million dollar government grant to the Darwin Turf Club. The NT government in 2019 […]

NT agricultural water licence revoked

The Northern Territory has revoked a massive agricultural project’s water licence after finding the original assessment didn’t account for climate change. June 24, 2021 The Northern Territory Health Minister has cancelled a 10 billion litre per year water licence for a Top End farming project after a review found the original assessment didn’t consider climate […]

SA parliament passes assisted dying law

South Australia has become the fourth Australian state to make voluntary euthanasia legal for terminally ill people wishing to end their lives. June 24, 2021 Terminally-ill people wishing to end their lives will be able to access voluntary euthanasia after the South Australian parliament passed historic legislation. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill was put to […]

WA police commissioner in COVID isolation

Western Australia’s Police Commissioner Chris Dawson has been ordered to self-isolate after travelling from Sydney amid NSW’s ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. June 24, 2021 Western Australia’s police commissioner has been caught out by the COVID-19 border rules he helps enforce and is self-isolating in Perth, after travelling from Sydney. An outbreak in NSW has grown to […]

Lost hikers rescued from NT national park

Three hikers have been rescued after running out of water and getting lost in the Northern Territory’s Litchfield National Park. June 24, 2021 Three hikers have been rescued after getting lost without water in the Northern Territory’s Litchfield National Park. The men, two aged 21 and one 23, started their trek on the Table Top Track […]

Workers protest over quarantine order

Protesters have rallied outside the Northern Territory Chief Health Officer’s office to demand the release of port workers in quarantine at Howard Springs. June 23, 2021 Dozens of workers have protested outside the Northern Territory Chief Health Officer’s Darwin office to demand the release of 13 wharfies ordered into the Howard Springs quarantine facility. The men […]

Parts of Kakadu reopen following death

The East Alligator region of Kakadu National Park has reopened after closing more than two months ago following the death of a prominent traditional owner. June 23, 2021 Parts of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park have reopened after closing more than two months ago following the death of a senior Aboriginal leader. Parks Australia acknowledged prominent […]

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