APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival

AUGUST 2021 | DARWIN, AUSTRALIA

The APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival brings together a collection of virtual and real-life happenings highlighting the works, ideas and ambitions of Australian and New Zealand artists and companies. Taking place on the lands of the Larrakia people, the APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival will be held virtually and in person in mid August. A multidisciplinary event, the Gathering will invite participants from across the country and internationally to engage in a digital and IRL program of performance, dialogue, and networking. Participants will include 80-100 international presenters invited to attend virtually by APAM.

Through the Darwin Festival program, participants will engage with a diverse, multidisciplinary program of work by Australian artists including Marrugeku, Gravity and Other Myths, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Lara Thoms and Samara Hersh, Counterpilot, Sarah Ward, Shaun Parker and Company and Tracks Dance. Register now to join 250+ in person and virtual attendees for the APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival.

Digital Gathering: 10 – 19 August 2021
In Person Gathering: 14 – 17 August 2021

  • SCHEDULE
  • VENUES
  • GATHERING INFO
  • HEADING TO DARWIN
  • DIGITAL
  • SAT 14 AUGUST IN PERSON
  • SUN 15 AUGUST IN PERSON
  • MON 16 AUGUST IN PERSON
  • TUES 17 AUGUST IN PERSON

Over the course of the APAM Gathering we will be visiting a number of Darwin venues and organisations. For details on each, including public transport and accessibility information, please see below.

Darwin Convention Centre

93 Mitchell Street, Darwin City NT

The Darwin Entertainment Centre is the city’s main concert venue and hosts theatre and orchestral performances in Darwin, Australia. The centre is located in the Heart of Darwin’s central business district.

This venue is wheelchair accessible with an accessible toilet. Allocated accessible parking is available.

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Brown's Mart Theatre

12 Smith St, Darwin City

Standing proudly on Larrakia land and housed in one of the most significant heritage buildings in the heart of Darwin city, Brown’s Mart is an iconic, much loved performance space that has been the centre of community arts development for nearly 50 years.

This venue is wheelchair accessible with an accessible toilet in Festival Park. Allocated accessible on street parking is available.

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DEC Playhouse + DEC Studio

10 Stokes Hill Rd, Darwin City NT 0800

The Darwin Entertainment Centre is the city’s main concert venue and hosts theatre and orchestral performances in Darwin, Australia. The centre is located in the Heart of Darwin’s central business district.

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George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Gardens Rd, The Gardens

This venue is wheelchair accessible with an accessible toilet but includes areas of grass terrain. Accessible drop off and parking available via Gilruth Ave only.

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Festival Park

Corner Smith St & Harry Chan Ave, Darwin City

Please Note: The INPEX Sunset Stage is within Festival Park. This Sunset Stage is wheelchair accessible with an accessible toilet but includes areas of grass terrain. Accessible drop off and allocated accessible on street parking is available.

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Museum and Art Gallery NT

19 Conacher St, Darwin City

MAGNT is the Northern Territory’s premier cultural organisation, consisting museums, art galleries, and heritage sites across Darwin and Alice Springs.

https://www.magnt.net.au/

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By public transport

Number 6 Bus

The #6 bus departs from the city regularly and will take you directly to the MAGNT entrance.

Number 4 Bus

The #4 runs from Darwin Interchange and from Casuarina Interchange.

It will drop you off on Gilruth Ave, a 10 minute walk from the museum.

The APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival brings together a collection of virtual and real-life happening highlighting the works, ideas and ambitions of Australian and New Zealand artists and companies. Taking place on the lands of the Larrakia people the APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival will be held virtually and in person in mid August. A multidisciplinary event, the Gathering will invite participants from across the country and internationally to engage in a digital and IRL program of performance, dialogue, and networking. Participants will include 80-100 international presenters invited to attend virtually by APAM.

Through the Darwin Festival program participants will engage with a diverse, multidisciplinary program of work by Australian artists including Marrugeku, Gravity and Other Myths, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Lara Thoms and Samara Hersh, Counterpilot, Sarah Ward, Shaun Parker and Company and Tracks Dance. Register now to join 250+ in person and virtual attendees for the APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival.

  • REGISTRATIONS
  • HOW IT WORKS - IN PERSON
  • HOW IT WORKS - DIGITAL
  • INITIATIVES
  • ACCESSIBILITY
  • SUSTAINABILITY
  • FAQs
  • CURATORIAL PANEL

REGISTRATIONS
There are two categories of registration available for the APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival –

1) An In Person registration for attendance at the IRL Gathering being held alongside Darwin Festival in Darwin from 19-23 May 2021. Registration for the In Person program also gives you access to the full Digital Gathering program running on the APAM digital platform from 14-24 May 2021. In addition you need to purchase tickets to see Showcased works presented as part of the Darwin Festival program so you can plan your time and resource effectively throughout the Gathering. Upon registration you will be provided with a link to access discounted tickets to the Showcase works sold by Darwin Festival Box Office.

2) A Digital registration for attendance at the Digital Gathering program running on the APAM digital platform from 14-24 May 2021.

Register now via Humanitix

COST OF REGISTRATION
All registration fees are per person. Registrations are strictly non-transferable.

In Person – APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival, Darwin
In Person ticket holders receive full access to the Digital Program
+ Independent Artists – $481.47 inc. GST and BF
+ Small to Medium Companies – $630.19 inc. GST and BF
+ Large Organisations / Government – $744.59 inc. GST and BF

Digital Only – APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival
+ Independent Artists – $115.39 inc. GST and BF
+ Companies / Orgs – $275.55 inc. GST and BF

PAYMENT METHODS
Credit card is our preferred payment method – this will guarantee your ticket immediately.

If you are unable to pay via Credit Card, upon checkout select ‘Pay by Invoice’. You will then be sent an invoice and your ticket will not be confirmed until payment is received. When paying the invoice, please ensure to include the invoice reference number in the ‘Description’ field of your electronic transfer.

REFUNDS
APAM offers a partial refund of 50% on the In Person ticket price for APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival if a request is received before 27 July 2021.

There are no refunds for APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival for cancellations received on or after 28 July 2021, including non-arrivals.

All cancellation requests must be sent in writing to hello@apam.org.au.

There are no refunds on Digital tickets.

In the event that an in-person Gathering cannot proceed due to COVID-19 related Government-mandated local lockdowns in the host city, ticket holders with In Person tickets will automatically be refunded the difference between the In Person and Digital registration price.

In the event that an In Person ticket holder cannot travel because of Government mandated local lockdowns in their home-city, they should contact APAM and request a refund of the difference between the In Person and Digital registration price, in writing to hello@apam.org.au.

In the event that an In Person ticket holder feels unwell with fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss of sense of smell or taste, they should contact APAM and request a refund in writing to hello@apam.org.au.

HUMANITIX
APAM proudly uses Humanitix for our event ticketing. Humanitix is a not-for-profit ticketing platform that gives events impact, directing 100% of profits from booking fees toward education projects.

APAM CODE OF ONLINE CONDUCT
Before completing your registration we will ask you to agree to abide by the APAM Code of Online Conduct, which you can read in full here.

Attending the Gathering in Darwin in person, you will experience a range of activities including:

SHOWCASED WORKS IN THE FESTIVAL
Curated and presented as part of the host festival. Showcased works are a mix of free and purchased performances, workshops and installations but all are ticketed events that are also available to members of the public. Participants at Gatherings will need to book and/or purchase tickets to see showcased works. APAM will ensure a limited number of tickets for all showcased works are made available to Gathering participants.

See the list of these works here.

TICKETING FOR SHOWCASED WORKS
Your APAM In Person registration enables you to access discounted tickets for Showcase works presented as part Darwin Festival. These tickets must be purchased separately through Darwin ticketing.

Once registered you will be sent an exclusive link to book discounted tickets to these works.

PROFILE
Selected by a national curatorial panel from an expression-of-interest process. Profile sessions offer opportunities for artists, companies and groups to share their repertoire, ideas and ambitions. Profile sessions include:
+ HERE’S OUR IDEA // for works in development seeking commission or presentation
+ HERE’S WHAT WE MADE // for productions with a completed premiere
+ HERE’S HOW WE WORK // presenters and curators discuss the new ways they are working with artists to present work for audiences and communities.
All Profile sessions are presented digitally to ensure maximum accessibility for participants joining us online. For participants joining us in person, we’re hosting ‘watch parties’ where you can meet and network with others.

EXCHANGE
Curated by APAM, Exchange includes keynotes, panels, dialogue and networking events.

LOCAL PLAYER EVENTS
Curated by presenters and producers who are based in the host festival’s city. Designed to offer participants a window into the contemporary performing arts sector locally, these events are collaborations between APAM and local organisations.

APAM’s online platform for the Darwin Festival Gathering provides seamless connectivity to fellow participants all around the world and access to the Gathering program live and on demand.

Through the platform you will be able to view all the sessions, network and arrange video meetings directly with fellow participants.

The APAM platform will be live from 6 August so you can start connecting with other participants, check out the program and tailor your event schedule.

In structuring the program, careful consideration has been given to scheduling events across time zones in different international regions and minimising screen fatigue. The program is a daily commitment of between 30-120 minutes for live streamed events across the period 10-19 August 2021. Additionally, all Gathering content will be available on demand for later viewing.

SHOWCASED WORKS IN THE FESTIVAL
The Showcase Digital program will feature a curated cohort of artists and companies, illustrating innovative ways of sharing practice. Through the Showcase program you’ll hear directly from the artists and makers as they provide an insight into the works being presented in Darwin during Darwin Festival. Showcase will be scheduled as well as being available on-demand.

PROFILE
Selected by a national curatorial panel from an expression-of-interest process. Profile sessions offer opportunities for artists, companies and groups to share their repertoire, ideas and ambitions. Profile sessions include:
+ HERE’S OUR IDEA // for works in development seeking commission or presentation
+ HERE’S WHAT WE MADE // for productions with a completed premiere
+ HERE’S HOW WE WORK // presenters and curators discuss the new ways they are working with artists to present work for audiences and communities.
All Profile sessions are presented digitally to ensure maximum accessibility for participants joining us online.

EXCHANGE
Curated by APAM, Exchange includes keynotes, panels, dialogue and networking events.

IN PLACE
Designed to offer participants a window into the contemporary performing arts sector locally, these events are collaborations between APAM and local organisations.

FIRST NATIONS INDUSTRY PROGRAM

Open to First Nations producers and self producing artists, this program brings together a network to share knowledge, expertise and build connections nationally and internationally.

The program will cover topics including multi-artform markets, key hubs for artistic exchange, and First Nations to First Nations networks. Participants will also have the opportunity to hone their market development plans in preparation for the APAM Gathering.

Designed specifically for all levels of skill and expertise and scheduled at times suitable for delegates within Australian, New Zealand and Canadian time zones, the program will be delivered digitally live via Zoom and on our APAM gathering platform Swapcard.

ELIGIBILITY

The First Nations Industry Program is open to First Nations-identifying producers and self-producing artists from Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Canada. Participants accepted into the program will receive a complimentary registration to attend the APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival in person or digitally.

TRAVEL BURSARIES

Independent practitioners from Australia are also eligible to apply for travel support to attend the Gathering in person through the EOI form.

A small number of travel bursaries are available to support Australian independent First Nations producers and self-producing artists to attend the Gathering in person in Darwin. Bursaries will provide $1,550 to support travel and living away costs, and the application is part of the EOI form for the First Nations Industry Program. APAM thanks the Besen Family Foundation for their generous support of the bursary program.

HOW TO APPLY

APPLY NOW

EOIs close at midnight AEST on Friday 25 June. Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by 30 June.

If you have any questions about the First Nations Industry Program, please contact First Nations Delivery Producer Erica McCalman here.

View program outline here.

FIRST TIMERS PROGRAM

Navigating a marketplace takes experience, especially as we all learn how best to engage internationally in the digital realm, and adjust to the rapid changes in our sector over the last year. In 2021, APAM is continuing its long-running First Timers program for first time attendees to provide guidance, support and tools to enhance your experience of the APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival.

The First Timers program matches experienced leaders in market development with a small cohort of first timers in a program to navigate the market. Through this program First Timers experience deeper engagement in the Gathering and an expanded network, as well as confidence and strategic approaches towards national and international engagement.

The program will include guest speakers on effective digital engagement, market intelligence, and long-term thinking in the current environment, as well as practical workshopping in small groups. First Timers will be part of the Digital Gathering program, so you can be part of it wherever you are located. There will also be an additional session in Darwin for those attending in real life.

ELIGIBLITY

First Timers is open to Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and international participants who have an active artistic practice as an Artist/Maker, Producer or Presenter in your own country and have not attended APAM before. A delegate pass must be purchased online by 8 July 2021 in addition to the completion of the EOI form.

APPLY NOW

If you have any queries about First Timers, please email hello@apam.org.au.

Closing date midnight AEST Thursday 8 July 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 19 July.

View program outline here.

The First Nations Industry Program and First Timers are supported by Creative New Zealand, the Consulate General of Canada in Sydney, and Canadian Heritage.

ACCESSIBILITY – IN PERSON
We are committed to ensuring our event is as accessible as possible for all our participants.

All APAM Gathering venues are wheelchair accessible and have accessible toilets available. For venue specific information please head to our Venues Tab where detailed information can be accessed for each venue.

For the Gathering Welcome and Neighbourhood, AUSLAN interpreting will be available. For all other Profile and Exchange sessions, these services are available on request.

For all Showcase works please refer to this listing on the Darwin Festival website.

We encourage you to call or email us if you have any questions about accessibility or would like to discuss your requirements with us.

AUSLAN INTERPRETING
Auslan interpreters will stand to the side of the speaker of performed action and translate the text and dialogue into Auslan while signing live.

ACCESSIBILITY – DIGITAL
APAM On-demand content will have captions and some events will be AUSLAN interpreted. Please check back for full program details in mid April.

As we come together virtually and IRL, APAM is committed to moving towards a sustainable future. Tasked to work towards this collectively, we ask you to join us throughout the Gathering to reduce our environmental impacts in the following ways:

+ Offset your travel and event participation emissions be they digitally or IRL. We work with Greenfleet to encourage participants to offset emissions of travel and participation in the event. This can be done when you register, however, if you missed the moment to do this you can purchase carbon offsets here.

IN PERSON PARTICIPATION
+ Say no to single use plastics
+ Bring your own water bottle or reusable cup for beverages
+ Take public transport
+ Car pool

We will also work to:
+ Offer only plant-based food at catered events
+ Limit printed collateral
+ Use recycled or biodegradable products where possible

At APAM we feel less is more, so we ask you to really consider that what you need during your attendance at the Gathering. Here is a suggested list of what you might need each day:

+ BYO water bottle and/or coffee cup
+ Sun Protection
+ Umbrella/raincoat
+ BYO tote/carry bag
+ Please don’t bring printed collateral, and instead share online contact details

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If my organisation purchases a digital registration, am I able to share it with my colleagues?
No, all tickets are issued to a single ticket holder and each participant will need their own profile and email. Registrations are strictly non-transferable.

I’ll be attending the Gathering at Darwin Festival in person and I’m looking forward to seeing festival shows. How do I arrange my tickets?
Your APAM In Person registration entitles you to discounted tickets for works presented in the Showcase program as part Darwin Festival. These tickets must be purchased separately through Darwin ticketing.

I’ll be attending the Gathering in person and I’m keen to meet and network with international participants who won’t be travelling to Darwin. How does that work?
In Person registrations includes full access to the digital Gathering program, so you will be able to participate in all conversations and activities taking place online and network with all participants.

I’ve purchased an IRL registration but I’m no longer able to travel to Darwin in person. What do I do?
APAM offers a partial refund of 50% on the In Person ticket price for Gathering at Darwin Festival if a request is received before 27 July 2021.

There are no refunds for Gathering at Darwin Festival for cancellations received on or after 28 July 2021, including non-arrivals.

APAM offers a partial refund of 50% on the In Person ticket price for Gathering at Darwin Festival if a request is received before 27 July 2021.

All cancellation requests must be sent in writing to hello@apam.org.au.

There are no refunds on Digital tickets.

In the event that an In Person ticket holder cannot travel because of Government mandated local lockdowns in their home-city, they should contact APAM and request a refund of the difference between the In Person and Digital registration price, in writing to hello@apam.org.au.

In the event that an In Person ticket holder feels unwell with fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss of sense of smell or taste, they should contact APAM and request a refund in writing to hello@apam.org.au.

What happens if there are further lockdowns or border restrictions? Will the IRL event be cancelled?
In the event that an in-person Gathering cannot proceed due to COVID-19 related Government-mandated local lockdowns in the host city, ticket holders with In Person tickets will automatically be refunded the difference between the In Person and Digital registration price.

When will I get the full list of participants?
All registered participants will have access to the full list of participants in mid-July. This list will then be live, updating automatically as additional Participants register. You will have access to the APAM Digital Platform from 6 August.

I have another question that’s not included here.
Contact the APAM Office by emailing hello@apam.org.au with any questions – we’re here to help!

APAM’s curatorial panel has curated all the Profile sessions within the APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival. Panel members have also contributed and advised on other APAM programs and events, including determining priorities for international visitor invitations.

The APAM curatorial panel for the Gathering at Darwin Festival is:

+ Rachael Azzopardi
+ Jacob Boehme
+ Louise Partos
+ Felix Preval
+ Joyce Rosario
+ Mina Wang
+ Cian Elyse White

 

 

 

The Larrakia people are the traditional owners of the Darwin region. Larrakia country runs from Cox peninsula in the west to Gunn Point in the north, Adelaide River in the east and down to the Manton Dam area southwards. Larrakia are a vibrant Aboriginal nation numbering around 2,000 people. They are broadly recognised for their strengths in performance, music and art. Larrakia feel particularly strongly about their role as Traditional Owners for the Territory’s capital, looking after visitors to their country.  They aim to foster partnerships according to the cultural protocols, which they ask visitors to understand and respect. (APAM acknowledges Larrakia Nation whose words we are sharing here.)

Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory, with an estimated population of 147,255 made up of people from more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds. It is the smallest, wettest, and most northerly of the Australian capital cities and serves as the Top End’s regional centre. It has evolved from its days as a laid back frontier town and while it still retains its relaxed charm, it has become a sophisticated city. The city is characterised by its many exciting cultural festivals and weekly food and craft markets.

 

 

 

Darwin in August is a glorious place to be. It’s the dry season, with average daily temperature 30 C much lower humidity than other times of year. There’s no better time to enjoy a visit, but we recommend you get organised early.

Flights to and from Darwin are limited, so you’ll want to book well in advance. Accommodation also fills up quickly so we suggest you get in touch with one of our accommodation partners soon.

  • ACCOMMODATION
  • COVID-19
  • HELPFUL DARWIN INFO

Travelling to Darwin? Below are a range of accomodation options for Gathering participants offering discounts and deals.

The following special rates are subject to availability.

H on Smith Hotel
81 Smith St, Darwin
Offering King Suite rooms at $149 per night
Bookings can be made by emailing pawan.kaur@hhotels.com.au (please CC liz.wilsen@hhotels.com.au) and quoting the promo code APAM 2021.

Hilton Darwin
32 Mitchell St, Darwin
Offering Standard Rooms at $240 per night
Bookings can be made using this link.

Darwin DoubleTree Hilton
116 The Esplanade, Darwin
Offering Standard Rooms at $220 per night
Bookings can be made using this link.

Mantra Pandanus
43 Knuckey St, Darwin
10% discount on best available rate
Bookings can be made by following these steps:
Visit www.mantrahotels.com, select the Mantra Pandanus, your travel dates and number of guests. Input Promo Code APAM2021 (case sensitive) in the promo box. Hit SEARCH. You will see discount applied. Follow the remaining steps.

Travelodge Resort Darwin
64 Cavenagh St, Darwin
20% discount on best available rate
Bookings can be made using this link.

Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
7 Kitchener Dr, Darwin City
15% discount on best available rate
Bookings can be made using this link.

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin City
15% discount on best available rate
Bookings can be made using this link.

Please check back here regularly for updates as necessary.

APAM will monitor advice regarding COVID-19 provided by the Australian Government and relevant state and territory governments. We encourage all Australian artists and organisations also to monitor advice from official sources such as the Australian Government Department of Health.

INTERNATIONAL (NON-AUSTRALIAN) VISITORS
Australia’s international borders are currently closed. If you reside outside Australia and would like to attend the Gathering, we encourage you to join the digital Gathering program. Click here to register.

DOMESTIC (AUSTRALIAN) VISITORS
For up-to-date information regarding the current COVID-19 situation in the Northern Territory including any health updates and restrictions, please read the Northern Territory Government website.

All travellers coming to the Northern Territory must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration at least 7 days prior to travel, irrespective of whether they are from a low community-transmission zone or a prescribed location. A registration must be completed for each person in your travelling party, or you will experience delays on arrival.

Travel Restrictions (including Cross Border Travel Registration).

Please refer to the website of your state or territory’s government for up-to-date information regarding travel from Northern Territory back home:

Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
South Australia
Queensland
Victoria
Tasmania
Western Australia

CONTACT TRACING IN DARWIN VENUES
As a requirement of the Northern Territory government to facilitate contact tracing, you will need to check in to all venues in which Darwin Festival and APAM Gathering activities are held.

The Northern Territory Government’s The Territory Check In app supports COVID-Safe Check-in using a QR code.

The first time you use The Territory Check In app, you’ll be asked to enter your name and mobile number. Once you have registered your details, you will not be asked to log in again.

Download the app before you arrive from the App Store and Google Play here.

If you don’t have a compatible smartphone, you can still go into a venue but must provide contact details manually.

WEATHER
The dry season, from May until October, is characterised by warm, dry sunny days and cool nights. Temperatures typically range from 21.6– 31.8°C (70.9 – 89.2°F), and humidity levels are much lower: around 60 – 65 per cent.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
To use the public bus network in Darwin, you can purchase a Tap and Ride card or buy single tickets on board (cash only). The Tap and Ride card is available for purchase as you board the bus (cash only) or from bus interchanges. Once you have the Tap and Ride card, you can take 10 bus trips or use it for seven consecutive days of unlimited travel before your credit runs out. To start your ride, tap your card on the card reader when you board. Most buses in Darwin travel between bus interchanges. The most useful bus for visitors is the route 4 bus which travels from Darwin Bus Interchange to Casuarina Bus Interchange via the waterfront. This bus stops by popular attractions such as Crocosaurus CoveMindil Beach Sunset MarketMuseum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, and Fannie Bay Gaol. Services run every 10-35 minutes throughout the day.

Taxi services in Darwin include:
+ Darwin Radio Taxi, phone 13 10 08
+ Blue Taxi Company, 13 82 94

FREE WIFI HOTSPOTS
SmartDarwin Free Wi-Fi / City of Darwin Free Wi-Fi is a free wireless internet network in outdoor areas across the city centre.

Look out for these free networks when scanning for WiFi in the city.

Many cafes and restaurants also offer free WiFi to paying customers. Just ask for the password when you place your order.

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE
In an emergency dial 000. An operator will connect you to Police, Fire Brigade or Ambulance. There is an interpreting service for callers who speak other languages.

Non-emergency Phone Numbers:
+ Fire – 08 8999 3473
+ Police – 131 444

City Police Stations:
+ Knuckey St, Darwin City, phone (08) 8901 0208
+ Bradshaw Terrace & Rowling St, Casuarina, phone (08) 8999 0800