March 2021
It has been an exciting month with a lot of rain and a wet season that we have not seen in 6 years. Most of the farmers are happy to have good coverage of grass for their animals. Mango trees are also benefitting from the rain. There has been a never-ending parade of cars coming over the bridge to check the river levels as people start to get nervous when the river reaches 14 and over.

We welcome Alderman Kym Henderson to our team on Council. Please come and see our Elected Members at the next Community Forum that is being held at the YMCA on Saturday 13th March at 9:00am.

I have had a few media interviews this month. Meetings with Government officials and business meetings. Community members have also been dropping in with their concerns. 

I attended a Pathways to 2021 presentation in Darwin.  Katherine will benefit from a new Mimi Arts building, more jets for Tindal and land releases in Katherine East.

The Katherine High School opened their new library on 17th February.  It is really well set out with modern furniture, computers and even a kitchen area for students to learn how to make coffee and cooking.

There is also space for Year 12 students to do their studies.
There was a Business at Sunset held at the Ibis and run by the Chamber of Commerce.  There were a number of local business people there.  It is an excellent way of networking for all of our local businesses.
I met the Tourism Board also with other people.  Katherine has done better than any other place in the Territory for Tourism. We are the go-to place for visitors. We should be really proud of that achievement.

There is a push to have one of the RAAF Hornets here in Katherine.  The RSL, Katherine Museum, Local Member, Member for Arnhem and community are working together for this to happen.

Jim the Waving man will be staying in his spot.  There will be community consultation coming out to lower the speed limit to 60k an hour from the intersection of Zimin Drive.  The community can have their say
on whether they support this or not.

Please feel free to contact Council if you have any concerns or if you would like any information about our services.  There is always someone to help.

Oval 2 Sportsground Update

Council is pleased to announce the resurfacing Oval 2 works is over 50% completed. The oval won't be available for hire until May. 

Sportsground Pavilion Update

The demolition of the Sportsground Pavilion has been completed. The wet weather caused a slight delay on works. 

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.

Katherine Showgrounds

Works at the showgrounds included the designing of the cattle laneway from the new loading ramp, to the existing cattle holding yard at the Rodeo Arena. These works are almost at completion and expected to be finalised this month once the arrival of the loading ramp has been received.

Hot Springs 

The principal objectives of the project are:
  • Demolition of any existing work that contributes to soil erosion
  • Landscaping, rehabilitation and erosion control measures
  • Upgrades to stormwater drainage
  • New concrete path for maintenance vehicle, new footpath and paved areas along with new boundary walls, retaining wall, fencing and gates
Council is waiting for the Katherine River to drop to be able to assess if the water has affected the recently completed works. 

myKatherine Round 2 
Over a quarter of the funding pool of myKatherine has been exhausted! It has been great to see the support of local businesses.

If you haven't signed up, you're missing out on $40 worth of vouchers daily to spend at local participating businesses. Don't miss out,
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Elected Members Decision on Behalf of Future Council
Commencing July Elected Members will receive 100% of the Elected Member allowance.

The Council agreed upon this to ensure their decision wouldn't affect the new elected Council in August 2021. The local government act doesn't allow a Council to increase its pay after the decision has been made, however allows for a decrease.  Therefore this decision will give the future Council the ability to choose their pay.

Waste Management Strategy Adopted by Council 
Council is pleased to announce that a new Waste Management Strategy has been adopted.


Katherine Town Council has developed a Waste Management Strategy to guide its decision making over the next five (5) years and to further improve and implement sustainable practices. Councils intention is to deliver an affordable waste service whilst meeting operational and future infrastructure cost.

Council aims to optimise the use of the current Waste Management Facility and to plan for future infrastructure needs. Council plans to work with contractors and businesses to find ways of reducing the waste burden and operational cost on Commercial Users, Community and Council.


Within the strategy, Council commits to participate in Keep Australia Beautiful and community education, initiatives and programs. 


Council is exploring opportunities to partner with others to develop the following;

  • Nursery
  • Tip shop
  • Education centre
  • Green waste mulching operation
  • Cottage industry business incubator
  • Sustainable procurement policy advice service


Council has identified immediate measures to assist with cost-effective and efficient daily operations that will be enhanced by upgrading the current transfer station, plant and equipment. 


There will be a phased closure of the landfill over several years for the capping and rehabilitation as each section reaches capacity. Work has already commenced on securing a suitable site for a new landfill.


The current site will be upgraded to a waste transfer station and will remain open to receive domestic and commercial waste with opportunities to separate waste into various recycling streams. Any remaining waste destined for landfill will then be trucked out to the new site. The new site will not be open to the public.

Council currently implements the following procedures to manage waste streams and will continue to identify more efficient and sustainable practices;

  • Constructions and demolition materials
  • Timber and pallets
  • Concrete
  • Rubble and soil
  • Tyres
  • Cars – only once batteries and fluids are removed*
  • E-waste
  • Oils
  • Asbestos
  • Chemical drums
  • Gals bottles
  • Bicycle
  • Batteries, solar panels, lithium cells
  • Air conditioners and refrigeration
  • mattresses

To read the Waste Management Strategy click here.
Did you know about these recycling options in Katherine? 

Although Katherine doesn't offer kerbside recycling there are plenty of ways to recycle within the region. 

Katherine Waste Management Facility 
At the Waste Management Facility we can accept the following; 
  • DrumMuster – environmentally-friendly way of disposing of empty farming chemicals
  • Tyre Stewardship Australia
  • Car Batteries
  • Scrap Metal
  • Oil
  • TechCollect (E-Waste)
  • MobileMuster – Mobile recycling program

MT Bins 
  • Scrap Metal 
  • Cash for Containers 
Girl Guides Katherine 
  • 10c Containers
  • Batteries
  • Contact lenses packaging
  • Dishwashing liquid containers
  • Lightbulbs
  • Old socks
  • Printer cartridges
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste/floss containers
  • Air freshener containers
  • Bread tags
  • Dishwashing tablet packaging
  • E-waste
  • Material scraps
  • Plastic bottle caps
  • Soft plastics
  • Writing Instruments
  • Soft Plastics 

Safety Workshop 

9 March 2021 | Civic Centre

Do You Feel Safe in Your Home and In Your Community?

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More information for the senior safety workshop here 
More information for the community safety workshop here 


79th Anniversary of the Bombing of Katherine 
10:00am | 22 March 21 | Katherine Museum 

Community groups and organisations wishing to lay a wreath at the service are requested to contact Katherine Town Council on (08) 8972 5500 or via

email: before 12:00pm Thursday 18 March 2021 to ensure inclusion in the order of service.

Come and Try Sports Expo 
9:00am - 12:00pm | 17 March 21 | YMCA

Whether you want to Play, Volunteer or Umpire this event is for you! Elected Members will be available on the day to talk about all things Council.

More information here

March Ordinary Meeting of Council 
6:00pm | 23 March 2021 | Civic Centre

The agenda will be available from 18 March on the Katherine Town Councils website.

If you can't attend the meeting, not a worry Katherine Town Council will be live streaming the meeting on our Facebook page.
Katherine Town Council
Civic Centre, Lot 1865 Stuart Highway Katherine NT, 0850
P (08) 8972 5500
F (08) 8971 0305

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