June 2021
It has been a very busy month. The cooler weather and the increase in Visitors to Katherine have been a much-needed boost to the town. We have a new Alderman on Council. His name is Jeremy Trembath. He is a local man who has some great ideas and will be an asset to our town and community. Council lost one of our valued staff – Claire Johanssen. She has retired after a few years on Council. Our replacement is Kerry Whiting who is the new Director of Corporate Services.  We also have a new person on reception – Kimberley Worrigal. We welcome all of these people to Council in their various roles.

Council had a visit from the National Recovery and Resilience Agency. This group has been set up by the Federal Government to manage disasters in Australia. They are travelling around to get ideas on what is required to recover and the needs depending on the disaster. The Katherine Weeds Branch launched its Regional Weeds Strategy for 2021-2026. Please visit the weeds branch if you would like an update.

Kintore Street Special School had their Paralympic Day at the Town Oval. There were many very talented athletes in all the various events that were held.

We had a meeting with NT PHN who are looking after the COVID immunisations here in Katherine. There will be a dedicated room at the CDU in First Street. The community are encouraged to book online for their COVID immunisation. The details will be on the Katherine Town Council Website.

Alderman, CEO and I had a meeting with the Seniors. We gave an update on the projects in Katherine and answered questions. It was an enjoyable morning.

The new Rodeo arena will be completed by June. The Show Society had the grant to build the arena.

There is a new app called Snap, Send, Solve. You can take a picture of the problem send it to the relevant authority then it can be solved.  The app is free and can be used anywhere in Australia. The app will automatically send it to the nearest Council, Government department etc. depending on the problem.

Our Community Consultation was held at the Civic Centre on the 7th June.  There was a barbecue and the community had the opportunity to come and talk to Elected Members about Council issues. It was great to connect with the Community. 


Oval 2 Sportsgrounds Resurfacing Update

The turf on Oval 2 has been laid and the project is currently in the establishment stage.

The first game will be played this month on the oval.  

Sportsgrounds Pavilion Update

PROJECT BRIEF SCOPE The scope of works include;
  • Demolition of the existing building -  COMPLETED
  • Earthworks - COMPLETED
  • Laying of Underground Services (Electrical and Hydraulics) – COMPLETED
  • Main Building works, including hardscape to its perimeter, shading awning and landscaping works – STRUCTURAL WORK COMMENCED
  • The main building includes 4 x Change rooms, Male & Female Toilets, Outdoor Function Space, Kitchen, Offices, Storerooms, First Aid Room, Comms Room and Cleaners Room
  • Upgradation to Electrical and Hydraulic works
  • New landscaping works around the building

The project is anticipated to be completed by 2021

Hot Springs Car Park Update

The project consists of remedial works including signage and resurfacing. The tender has been awarded to Downers EDI Works Pty Ltd. Works are scheduled to commence late June 2021. A temporary Car Park is available. Please follow signage


Council Welcomes New Citizens

Katherine Town Council welcomed 21 new citizens at the Australian Citizenship ceremony, where family and dignitaries helped mark the occasion.

The conferees were from seven (7) countries including India, Mauritius, Netherlands, Philippines, United Kingdom, United States and Zimbabwe.

Katherine Town Council Mayor, Lis Clark, said: “Council invites cultural diversity, and it was a great honour to present 21 people, from 7 different countries, with their Australian citizenship”.

“There is no greater privilege than our citizenship. It’s a life-long commitment to Australia’s values of freedom, democracy, equality and respect,” Mayor Clark said.

Photos from the ceremony can be found here.

Celebrating Long Term Staff 

The CEO and President of Local Government Association of the Northern Territory and Katherine Town Council acknowledged four (4) long term Council staff.

“With a workforce that can be transient and the high turnover we experience from time to time; it is pleasing that we have employees that have worked here all these years. We thank them very much” said Katherine Town Council CEO.

The following staff were recognised for their commitment.

  • Ireneo Lalim -          11 Years
  • Anthony May -          11 Years
  • Stephen Parker - 16 Years
  • Christine Lowe -         18 Years

These employees work within the finance, depot and waste management departments of Council.

The Council highly values long-serving employees and their contribution to the organisation and to the town.

Send Snap Solve

Notice an issue around the community? Pothole, leaking pipe, illegal dumping?

Don’t wait, inform Council with Snap Send Solve.

Snap Send Solve is a free app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The app lets anyone take a photo of an issue or provide general feedback and is shared immediately with Council.

Once Council receives your notification through the app, it will be processed, and you’ll hear back with a response as soon as possible.

The app has made reporting quick and easy for when you’re out and about.

Snap Send Solve can be used across Australia and New Zealand. More information on Snap Send Solve can be found on their website.


Festivals of the Dry

Download a copy of the Festivals of the Dry Brochure here and starting planning your dry season! 
Katherine Town Council Plans for the Future

Katherine Town Council plans to develop a 5-year strategic plan and to seek an experienced consultant to undertake this project.

The May ordinary meeting heard Elected Members discuss the need for a community-based plan for Katherine over the next 5 years and is currently advertising for a consultant.

The methodology for the development of this plan must include stakeholder and community engagement. Interested appropriate skilled consultants should contact Council for the brief.

Submissions may be submitted to the Chief Executive Officer, Katherine Town Council by close of business on the 30th of June 2021, and clearly indicate the cost, methodology and duration of completion.

Be on the look-out for workshops involving community and stakeholder contributions towards the final product. Council would like to remind the community that the document is the community’s plan for the town and encourages members to participate. Sufficient notice will be given to ensure your involvement.

Submission details:

Further clarification can be received from Ian Bodill - or 08 8972 5500

What's been happening at the Library?

The Katherine Public Library has been extremely busy over this last month, assisting travellers with border passes, running children’s programs, hosting community groups and promoting all the services that your local library has to offer.

Storytime, Wriggle & Rhyme and Toddler Rhyme Time continue to be an exciting part of the library week we have been singing with gusto and crafting up a storm.

We were very excited to host the Katherine Senior Citizens for Morning Tea where they participated in our Storytime by singing songs and playing shape Bingo with the children.

Our Book Warriors are continuing to engage in the library with regular borrowing and are looking forward to the next Saturday meeting in the library where they get to talk about the books they have been reading and do some fun activities together.

Katherine Region of Writers (KROW) meets in the Katherine Public Library on the second Saturday of every month. They are currently encouraging new members to join, that have an interest or hobby in writing stories or poetry. Come and join their group and be inspired by and share your work.

Notice to Public Benevolent Institutions and Charities 

In accordance with the Local Government Act 2019, Section 222(1)(g) from 30 June 2022, Public Benevolent Institutions (PBIs) will be required to register with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) to be eligible for a rate exemption with their local Council.

If you do not register your organisation with the ACNC, you will lose your current exemption status and will no longer be eligible for an exemption on your land rates.

From the 30 June 2022, your organisation will be required to apply for the rates exemption on an annual basis with Katherine Town Council. Confirmation of your registration with the ACNC needs to be provided to Council in writing by no later than 30 June of every year. 

Council encourages your organisation to ensure that you are registered with the ACNC from 1 July 2021 to assist and prepare for the transitional requirement of the Local Government Act 2019.

Please note, ACNC registration does not guarantee an exemption with Council. Land under the care and control of your organisation must still meet other eligibility requirements, such as the land must be used for non-commercial purposes. 

Non-commercial purposes do not include land being used for residential purposes by employees or contractors of a PBI or a public charity. 

Furthermore, in deciding whether the land is used for a commercial or non-commercial purpose, whether the user is a PBI or a public charity is irrelevant, the question is to be decided according to the nature of the use and not the nature of the user. 

This requirement excludes the 2021/2022 rating period and only applies to 2022/2023 and onwards.

If you wish to obtain further information, please contact Katherine Town Council on 08 8972 5500 or email

22 June Ordinary Meeting of Council 20201

6:00 pm | 25 May | Civic Centre 

The agenda will be available the Thursday before the meeting via the Councils


Doggy Day 2021

9:00 am | 10 July  | Civic Centre Lawns

  • Speak to council rangers.
  • Speak to veterinarians.
  • Register your dog.
  • Enter in competitions.
  • Lots of prizes & much more....

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors Katherine Outback Experience, Katherine Veterinary Clinic, Katherine Vet Care Centre Aussie Pooch, Pawsitive K9 Behaviour, Town and Country Butchers and Natural Medicine for Pets.


Katherine Town Council
Civic Centre, Lot 1865 Stuart Highway Katherine NT, 0850
P (08) 8972 5500
F (08) 8971 0305

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