Well, what a month to act as Mayor. GP Services close and no last-minute saviour, as was hoped, eventuated. Word of a much needed early wet season, but then comes the news this may cause water quality issues (Power and Water have released relevant media) and potable water will need to be delivered. Tourist goes missing in Nitmiluk and unfortunately, he has not been found. True, Council is not directly responsible for dealing with any of these issues, however, Council is here for the Community, to advocate for the Community, to inform the Community and to be communicating with the Community. I can say Katherine Town Council has been involved with the relevant authorities to stay aware of and assist as required with all of these issues.
Council has also commenced the community consultation regarding the waste management strategy for the community. I encourage all residents to participate in the survey that will provide important community feedback to a waste strategy that has not yet been developed. That’s right, we do not have a set strategy yet, and we have not committed to kerbside recycling being introduced. We are still keen to hear your views, the survey is still open until Tuesday 10 November 2020. Community opinions will contribute to what is reused and what is thrown out of the strategy. Thank you to all those that participated in the Great Northern Clean up, and those that regularly do an outstanding job picking up rubbish around the town.
In line with our commitment to increase community engagement, we have planned our next Community Forum for the 21st November at the Lindsay Street Complex. This will allow plenty of room and protection if it rains. Your Council is trialling different venues and formats to best engage with the Community so please come along and have your say.
Lastly, I would like to wish the Mayor a speedy recovery from her recent illness and hope she will be well enough to attend the Community Consultation to say farewell to Katherine residents before her resignation takes place at the end of November.
Currently 72% of the project is completed. Major Milestones achieved are
Planting of trees
Amenities work continuing
Main awning work continuing
Small awning work commenced
Paving work commenced
Concrete work completed
Control building installed
PLANS FOR NEXT MONTH
Completion of all awnings
Installation of misting system
paving work to continue
For more updates head to the Katherine Town Council website.
EOI: Town Square Cafe/Kiosk Leasing Opportunity
Katherine Town Council (Council) invites Expressions of Interest for the role of Operator/Tenant for the Katherine Town Square Portable Café/Kiosk for a period of 1 year + 1 year. Council has an objective to secure the space as a vibrant venue that assists in activating the Town Square Precinct, providing a flow-on economic benefit by way of increased pedestrian movements through the wider Katherine Central Business District (CBD).
Respondents are invited to share their vision for the Café/Kiosk tenancy with Council in their Expression Of Interest (EOI) response.
KATHERINE SPORTSGROUND – PAVILION AND CARPARK PROJECT BRIEF SCOPE
The scope of works included
Demolition of existing building
Main Building works, including hardscape to its perimeter, shading awning and landscaping works
Main building includes 4 x Change rooms, Male & Female Toilets, Outdoor Function Space, Kitchen, Offices,
Store rooms, First Aid Room, Comms Room and Cleaners Room
Upgradation to Electrical and Hydraulic works
New landscaping works around the building
New paved carpark with new lines marked parking bays and New paved “Drop Off” area (Including 8 x disabled bays and 5 x Parent’s parking)
Katherine Town Council released the tender for Katherine Sportsground and Carpark. The tender closes on 6th November 2020.
Council workers have been busy lately with rebuilding a stormwater drainage pit, removing 500kg of illegal dumping, fixing the exposed aggregate and installing new garden beds at the Katherine Aquatic Centre. The garden beds will act as a barrier around the new shade structure poles and cables which were installed in June. The new garden beds not only serve a purpose for safety but also add colour and greenery to the location.
Council continues as part of its weekly works program to maintain the parks and facilities within the Katherine Municipality. Duties include removal of rubbish, pruning, mowing and irrigating. Council asks to help keep these facilities maintained and that you use the bins provided and report any vandalism or damage by either lodging a service request via the Council website or by phoning 8972 5500.
Welcoming Hon. Natasha Fyles and Hon. Selena Uibo
The Katherine Visitor Information Centre was the chosen location for the Tourism Top End’s Katherine quarterly meeting in early October.
We were honoured to welcome Hon. Natasha Fyles, Minister for Tourism and Hospitality and the Attorney General and Minister for Park and Gardens Hon. Selena Uibo for a meet and greet with local tourism operators within TTE’s membership. Natasha and Selena provided updates and answered questions on current projects, in particular on recent marketing campaigns like NT summer sale and Territory tourism voucher, as well on Nitmiluk National Park upgrades.
Glen Hingley, General Manager of Tourism Top End, presented the GM report, outlined successful businesses in voucher round 1 with tips for round 2 and offered marketing opportunities. A general Katherine VIC update was provided by Annika Berendes, Manager KVIC.
Honeybadgers Holidays in Katherine
The word that the “honeybadger” himself, Nick Cummins, is in town spread like fire.
Nick Cummins, the former Australian Rugby Union player, made a surprise visit to Tom Curtain’s Katherine Outback Experience show. Katherine’s untouched landscape and nature, mixed with a sense of adventure makes our region the perfect holiday destination.
The one tourist attraction that can’t be missed is a helicopter flight over Nitmiluk National Park. Katherine Helicopters used the opportunity and invited Nick and his partner, Al on a 13 Gorge flight with sunset landing. Tom and Annabel from Katherine Outback Experience and Annika, Manager of the Katherine Visitor Information Centre, were honoured to join the couple for the afternoon.
Multiple social media channels were used to promote tourism in Katherine.
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Come & Try Hockey
Council ran a Hockey Fun Day on the 3rd of October. The event saw over 20 young people learn some Hockey skills. The event was followed by a free lunch of hot dogs and juice boxes.
There was a lot of fun had by all and Dave from Hockey NT is hoping to continue bringing Hockey events to Katherine in the future.
Great Northern Clean Up
Thanks to those that came down and participated in the Great Northern Clean Up Event on Saturday 17 October.
Together, approximately 60kg of rubbish was collected from the Katherine riverbank, Knotts Crossing and Low Level Reserve.
Katherine Town Council Launches Waste Management Consultation Published on Tuesday 13 October 2020
Consultation is now open to help inform Katherine Town Council’s waste management strategy.
Katherine Town Council is developing a waste management strategy to provide a strategic framework to guide Council with decisions reporting how waste is managed in Katherine.
Council wants to better understand how Katherine residents and businesses manage their waste and want to hear their thoughts on how this can be better managed over the next ten years.
Katherine Town Council Deputy Mayor Peter Gazey said more could be done to increase resource recovery in Katherine.
“A small portion of our waste in Katherine goes to recycling streams which is significantly lower than most Australian cities and we must do better, we need to look for other viable ways to reduce landfill” Deputy Mayor Gazey said.
“As a community we need to manage our waste better to ensure our town is a liveable and vibrant place now and into the future.”
True North Strategic Communication is engaging with the community on behalf of Council to gather feedback about ideas, attitudes and behaviours towards waste management. Consultation is open for four weeks from 13 October to 10 November 2020.
Sportsgrounds Pavilion Tender Released Published on Friday 9 October 2020
Katherine Town Council is inviting tenders for the Katherine Sportsgrounds Pavilion upgrade. The project will see the demolition of the existing Don Dale Pavilion replaced with a modern, fit for purpose facility.
The construction of the new facility will provide benefit to a large portion of our community who use the facility on a weekly basis.
Acting Mayor Peter Gazey extended his thanks to the Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture who contributed substantial funds to this project.
"A lot of work has been put into this very important project to reach the tender release stage. We look forward to taking this to market and are excited to be able to provide major construction opportunities as a result."
The project includes new and improved kitchen/canteen facilities, storage, office space, clubrooms, ablutions and a versatile community space. The facility will better service existing users as well as facilitate the use of new groups in the space.