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Mayor Fay Miller 

Recap

As we experience the inevitable wet season build-up and await those much-needed rains, Council continues efforts to maintain a watering program which is both sensitive to Katherine water restrictions and conscious of how our town looks.  Our task is made more difficult by the many damaged and vandalised sprinklers identified across the town each and every day.  Council committed to undertaking an audit of all sprinklers at its November Ordinary Meeting and appreciate the community reporting sprinklers needing attention through emails, phone calls and the website.
Aldermen Toni Tapp Coutts and Lis Clark, have made some good progress with the unofficial Knotts Crossing Cemetery, identifying historical records held at the Katherine Museum that contain information on who is buried at this site.  Signs are soon to be erected which ask the community to be respectful of this area.
 
The McKeddie Road Rehabilitation tender has been awarded and the long-awaited work will begin shortly.  We ask those using the road during construction, to exercise caution and adhere to traffic management directions.

 
Katherine and the region have experienced a number of dangerous and damaging bushfires during this incredibly dry period.  I would like to thank Bushfires NT, Edith Farms Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, Katherine Fire & Emergency personnel and the army of dedicated volunteers, who fought these fires.  The fires have ravaged many hectares to all points of the compass and your efforts to protect lives and property has been nothing short of outstanding.  We are truly fortunate to have such a wonderful group of dedicated people caring for our town.  

Thank you!
Hot Springs Nearing Completion
 
The Hot Springs is nearing completion, with the lower sections (Section 1B) finalised. Section 2 is in full swing, Katherine Town Council Depot Crew have started landscaping and the project is on track for completion by the end of the year.

If you have had a trip down to the springs recently, you may have noticed how clean and tidy it is looking! The Katherine Depot Crew and the Katherine Flexible Learning and Engagement Centre (KFLEC) students have been working together, ensuring that our springs are kept immaculate. 
Katherine Smashes Tourism Awards
 
The 2019 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards were held on the 16th November in Alice Springs, the Katherine region was the highest achieving area in the Northern Territory. 

Congratulations to:
  • Major Tourist Attraction – Nitmiluk National Park
  • Tourist Attraction – Katherine Outback Experience
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism – Nitmiluk Tours
  • Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services – Cicada Lodge Restaurant.
  • Luxury Accommodation – Cicada Lodge & Nitmiluk
  • Department Trade Business Innovation Business Growth Awards – Marksie’s Stockman’s Bush Tucker
  • Chairman's Choice for Tourism Excellence – Nitmiluk Tours
  • Tourism Minister's Perpetual Trophy - Jawoyn Association

The awards are open to tourism operators, industry suppliers and outstanding individuals. The winners of the Brolga Awards will represent the NT at the Australian Tourism Awards, held in Canberra, March 2020. 
 
List Of All Winners
Adventure Play Park Refrigerated Bubbler Installed
 
Congratulations to the students from Clyde Fenton Primary School year one/two students, for demonstrating their passion by being involved within a community project at an early age.

The students were given a task to write a persuasive piece as a project. They chose to persuade the Council to install a refrigerated bubbler at the Adventure Play Park. The project taught the students about processes involved and how to go about achieving their goals.

At the Ordinary Council Meeting on the 22 October 2019, the students presented their written submissions to Elected Members and the Katherine community. 

Key proposed points from the Clyde Fenton students were to reduce the use of plastic and to stay hydrated whilst playing.

The Katherine Mayor, Elected Members and the student writers from Clyde Fenton Primary School officially unveiled the refrigerated bubbler at the Adventure Play Park on Tuesday 26 November. 


A great outcome all round!
Shopfront Beautification Grant Update
 
Rod and Rifle were successful in obtaining the Shopfront Beautification Grant from Council in October and the Biz Secure grant from the Northern Territory Government.  They have now installed an attractive, secure shopfront on their building.  Well done! 

Council awarded a further three shopfront beautification grants in November, to Savannah Way Baptist Church, Katherine Sports & Family Chiropractic and the Katherine Beauty Bar. 

Exciting times ahead. We will be keeping an eye out to see what happens next!

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Doggy Day
 
A successful Doggy Day was held in November!  Lindsay Street Complex saw various pooches come through the gates, who participated in games including agility testing, an eating competition, best trick, smallest and biggest dog.  It was great to have the Katherine Town Council Rangers, Katherine Vet Care and Katherine Veterinary Clinic available to chat about their fur family members.  Many dogs left clean thanks to Woffa Wash and no one was left hungry with Top End Rehoming cooking up snags.  An extra shout out of appreciation to Top End rehoming for co-hosting this event with Katherine Town Council.  These events wouldn't be possible without the sponsors or the public, thank you to everyone who attended. 
Remembrance Day 2019 
At 11:00 am on 11 November 1918, the guns fell silent. World War One was officially over. 
 
On 11 November 2019, Katherine commemorated the 101st  year anniversary of this momentous occasion by remembering and paying homage to those who gave their lives for the defence of our country at the Railway Terrace Cenotaph.  The moving Remembrance Day Service was delivered by Chaplain Knox and Senior Defence personnel from RAAF Base Tindal. 
 
Prior to the Remembrance Day Service, a small ceremony was held at the O’Shea Park Cenotaph to officially decommission the site.  The Australian flag was raised and a historical account of the site was read by Chaplain Mitchell Herps, RAAF Base Tindal.  At the conclusion, the flag was lower for the final time. 

It was wonderful to see so many community and Defence members present at both services.  We thank RAAF Base Tindal for providing the services and the Katherine RSL Sub-Branch, who brought along their historical vehicles and provided a lovely morning tea at the conclusion of the service.
Savings on Landfill Space
 
Thank you to the Community Members and the Staff at the Waste Management Facility for separating incoming waste.  By doing this, a large pile of wooden pallets will be shredded and re-purposed at the site.  Shredding these pallets will save a massive amount of landfill space. 

Sorting commercial waste can firstly reduce the cost, reduce landfill, better impact on the environment and can be used in other projects.
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Christmas Period Closing Hours
Civic Centre: 25 December 2019- 1 January 2020 inclusive
 
Library: 25 December 2019- 1 January 2020 inclusive
Depot & Inspectorate: 25 & 26 December 2019 & 1 January 2020

Waste Management Station: 25 December 2019
Visitor Information Centre: Closed 25 & 26 December & 1 January 2020
Reduced operating hours 1:00 am till 2:00 pm 27 until 31 December 2019 inclusive
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