A Happy New Year to our Katherine Community. I hope this year will be a better year for everyone. It has been a very busy month, and I would like to give you all an update on the past month.
I have attended a number of events since I returned from leave. I have met many of the stakeholders in Katherine e.g. Base Commander RAAF, Katherine Police Commander, New CEO for Katherine Museum, Local Member etc just to name a few. Katherine Town Council had a Christmas Light competition this year. We had 14 entries in total. KTC hopes to encourage more entries for next Christmas. I also had the pleasure of assisting the Chamber of Commerce CEO along with other people to judge the Christmas decorations put up by the businesses in Katherine. More people are hoping to be a part of this as well.
The Carols by Candlelight this year were held at the Showgrounds oval to cater to the number of people that were expected to attend. It was a really great event and the rain held off which was even better.
Australia Day was a highlight for me as my first official engagement with the community. It was well attended. We congratulate all the winners and nominated volunteers. I would like to thank the Council staff for a job well done. In particular Carris, Taylor and Jherry.
Our former Mayor Fay Miller also received an AM. Rhys Dowell received the highest medal possible for his services to St John Ambulance. Congratulations to both of these locals from Katherine. It is also exciting to have the news of not 1 but 2 GP Clinics for Katherine. On behalf of the community, I wish both clinics all the best. It is a great outcome for all of us. I was also there for the opening of K-Mart. It is another addition to our shopping experience. Congratulations to K-Mart for opening a store here in Katherine to keep us shopping locally.
I would like to advise the community that we have a lot of “Caltrop” or 3 corner Jacks in our community. I would encourage anyone that sees it in our town to please give the council a call and report it. It is a weed that has progressed rapidly over the last few years. The depot crew have worked very hard to target as many places as possible but it is an ongoing problem.
The Single Use Plastics policy has been implemented at our facilities to combat the use of single use plastics. If you need more information when hiring council facilities please contact Council.
The next round of the MyKatherine Discount Voucher program will be launched mid-February with a funding pool of $60,000. The last program was very well received here with the local businesses in Katherine.
I recently attended the National Corrections Day Celebrations at the museum. Department of Corrections has been involved at the museum for a number of years. Presently they are helping to clean up the gardens and are doing a fabulous job. If you have the time take a picnic and enjoy the gardens, as well as a visit to the museum.
Sportground Oval 2
The resurfacing of Oval 2 has begun on the 12 January 2021.
The project has been awarded to Sterling NT and will see the complete resurfacing of Sportsgrounds Oval 2 including newly upgraded irrigation and drainage. The project is expected to take up to eight (8) weeks and the completed project will see an increased standard of playing surface in Katherine.
To ensure the oval has had time to be established, Katherine Town Council will not be taking hires for Oval 2 until May 2021. Please note all other ovals within the precinct are available for hire, subject to availability. Please contact Council staff to discuss any facility hire requirements for the future.
Work on the pavilion began 29 January. These works are being carried out by Norbuilt Pty Ltd. Norbuiltwill be using quite a number of local contractors.
The contractor commenced demolishing the existing building to make way for a new, fit-for-purpose facility to support a large part of the Katherine sporting community at the Sportsgrounds facility.
The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021. We ask for your cooperation, patience and to please adhere to all signage during the construction phase.
Stage four (4) of the Hot Springs is almost at completion. Katherine Town Council has been working on the revegetation on the Katherine South School side. To finalise the project the fencing and gate will be instaled this month.
Have you seen the Caltrop Weed?
Declaration Status: Class B (growth and spread to be prevented) and Class C (not to be introduced to the Territory) weed, in accordance with the Weeds Management Act 2001.
Caltrop is originally from southern Europe and northern Africa; Caltrop is a matt forming annual herb with yellow flowers and spiny hard fruit. Caltrop is a nuisance weed of wasteland, pastoral land, cropping, vineyards and recreations areas, with spiny fruit causing injury to humans, pets and animals. The spiny hard fruit pierces skin, bike tires and even feet through shoes with thin soles.
Council has measures in place to control and eradicate the weed. If you see the Caltrop weed in Council controlled areas, please report your sightings by contacting Council on (08) 89 72 5500 or alternatively submit a service request here
If you think you may have the Caltrop weed on your property or you wish to find out more information about the Caltrop weed please click here
Council appreciates your assistance.
Seeking a career with Katherine Town Council? Council advertises all its vacant positions on the Katherine Town Councils website.
Council is seeking applications for the following position; Director of Corporate Services
3 year fixed term contract
6 weeks annual leave (accrued on a yearly pro-rata basis)
3 weeks sick leave (accrued on a yearly pro-rata basis)
Contribution of super
Communications package (phone/laptop etc)
The position description, process on how to apply and contact details can be found on the employment page through the Katherine Town Council website.
For your application to be considered you must apply through the website.
Advertise your event on the Council website! Looking for more FREE ways to advertise your events?
Katherine Town Council is always looking for ways to better support the community. To help spread the word about the wonderful events Council is encouraging organisations to submit their events through the Katherine Town Councils website, free of charge.
Dogs in the Pound Are you missing dog OR wanting to adopt a new furry member?
To view the current dogs in the pound the best place to go is the pound page on the Katherine Town Councils website.
If your dog is in the pound or you wish to enquire about trialling a dog, call the Civic Centre on 8972 5500 and request to speak to one of our rangers.
Council Vacancy Filled
Wednesday 27 January 2021, Katherine Town Council appointed Kym Henderson to fill the recently vacated position of Alderman.
The vacancy was created through the early retirement of previous Mayor Fay Miller and the subsequent appointment of Elisabeth Clark to the position.
In December, Council resolved to seek Expressions of Interests from eligible community members to fill the vacancy with seven (7) submissions received.
Mayor Elisabeth Clark stated “The appointment of Kym to the Council will have a younger representation from a long term local. We look forward to working positively together for the remainder of the term.”
Ms Henderson’s appointment with Katherine Town Council commenced on Wednesday 3 February 2021 until the next scheduled Local Government Election in August 2021.
$60,000 myKatherine Vouchers Relaunched Round two of the successful myKatherine discount voucher program will commence Monday February 15, 2021 with $60,000 in discounts on offer.
The initial round saw $30,000 in discounts exhausted in just 23 days with 1,316 users and 31 businesses generating over $234,000 in sales.
“Council is glad that we can help provide financial support to Katherine businesses by providing customers with $60,000 worth of vouchers to shop local,” Mayor of Katherine Lis Clark said.
“We thank the Northern Territory Government for its valuable support for the initiative, providing $70,000 towards the program. Round two will take place during what is typically a quiet period for our retail, hospitality and tourism sector,” she added.
If you missed out on using the vouchers in the first round, don’t worry. New customers can sign up and receive $40 worth of myKatherine vouchers a day to be spent at participating businesses. Previously registered customers and businesses will remain active.
Discount voucher details for customers are:
Receive $2.50 discount on minimum spend $10
Receive $5 discount on minimum spend $20
Receive $10 discount on minimum spend $40
Receive $20 discount on minimum spend $80
Registrations for businesses will remain open throughout the entirety of the program. For more information, to register your business or sign up to receive vouchers simply visit mykatherine.nt.gov.au.
Australia Day 2021 Citizenship Ceremony & Awards
Australia Day 2021 celebrations were held at Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre on Tuesday 26 January 2021. Katherine Town Council had the privilege to announce its 2021 Citizens of the Year and officially welcome its newest citizens as part of the Australia Day Ceremony.
Australia Day 2021 provides an important opportunity for Katherine to reflect on the past year, acknowledge the community’s contributions, celebrate being together and being Australian.
Ten (10) new citizens were officially welcomed by Mayor Lis Clark. The Citizenship ceremony was a clear display of Australia’s multiculturalism with citizens originating from New Zealand, Philippines, Estonia, Germany, Mauritius, India and South Sudan.
Citizen of the year awards were presented, and the following were awarded; Community Event of the Year; Katherine Regional Arts – Junk Arts Festival, Young Citizen of the Year; Nathaniel Mackinnon, Senior Citizen of the Year - Valerie Smith and Citizen of the Year – David Reed. Congratulations to the winners and all those who were nominated. Thank you for the great work you do in the community.
Those who attended heard inspiring stories of two (2) Australia Day Ambassadors, Bob Shewring and Marg Chamberlain, both who have been connected to the Katherine community. Previous Katherine resident and Vietnam Veteran Bob founded operation “Bring Them Home”, helping to bring home fallen Australian soldiers. Marg, a local Katherine resident and school principal has led the development for students with physical and intellectual impairments right across the community. Marg, is one of the top Para-swimming and athletic referees in the world, officiating at two (2) Paralympic Games. To read more about their stories click here.
Attendees also enjoyed entertainment by local performer Gyspy Schmidt, morning tea and a Hornet flypast thanks to Royal Australian Airforce.
Ordinary Meeting of Council Tuesday, 23 February 2021. If you have a question relating to the agenda and can't make it to the Council meeting. Submit your questionhere and it will be answered during the "Questions from Community" section of the meeting.
Have a question/query/feedback not related to the agenda? Contact Council on 8972 5500, firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into the Civic Centre.
Clean Up Australia Day Sunday, 7 March 2021
Help clean up Katherine on Clean Up Australia Day! Meeting at the CBD Town Square - More information to come.
Come & Try Sports Expo
Saturday, 13 March 2021
Fun free event! Great way to see the sports Katherine has to offer. Activities and opportunities to win prizes. More information to come.