August 2021

It has been a very busy month for our town. With the lockdowns in Darwin and Alice Springs Katherine was the hub of the Territory. The caravan parks were all full so the Showgrounds had to be opened to cope with the sheer numbers of caravans that needed accommodation. The businesses in Katherine did very well and I thank everyone for a job well done to keep up with the demands.

The roundabouts have been planted and they look beautiful. 

I attended a Business at Sunset function hosted by the CDU at the Godinymayin Centre. CDU has a huge vision for Katherine in reviving many of the courses that will be useful to many people in so many industries in our town.

Council ran a very successful Doggy Day.  A number of residents registered their dogs.  There were prizes for the various entries and information about anything dog related. Vets were also on hand so people could ask about the new tick we have as well as any other health issues for their dog.

There was an art exhibition called Mangroves to Mataranka with the artist Aly de Groot.  Aly highlighted the problems we have with pollution in the ocean with nets and other waste as well as making some very interesting baskets and other craft items and of course a number of paintings.

The NT Regional Sports Volunteer awards were held for the first time.  There were some very worthy recipients.  Many of these volunteers give many hours of their own time.  Well deserved.  We would not survive without our volunteers.

Katherine Town was extremely lucky to have the Katherine Show this year. After missing the show last year everyone made the most of what the show had to offer.   Congratulations to all the committee and volunteers that worked so hard to make the show a great success.  It kept the visitors in Katherine a little longer. We also had a visit by Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO, Administrator of the Northern Territory.  Her Honour officially opened the show.


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 January 2022

Roundabout Upgrade

The depot crew have been busy revamping the roundabouts in the CBD, giving them a more pleasing display. 


Netball Court Upgrades

Katherine Netball Association and Katherine Town Council have been working together to upgrade the courts. 

The toilet block renovation has commenced and will include a new all accessibility toilet. 

The netball/basketball rotating towers have been implemented. 

Resurfacing is scheduled for mid-August and electrical works for October. 


New Faces at the Council 

Student Roles
Katherine Town Council have undertaken a new initiative offering year 11 and 12 students from Kathrine High School and St Joseph’s Catholic Collage the opportunity to undertake paid work experience for a 10 week period (term-by-term basis).

The aim of this initiative is to build students capacity within the workplace and provide them with an opportunity to gain core skills they can utilise when emerging into the workforce following the completion of their studies. Each term, Council will host 2 students from either High Schools, undertaking work experience after school hours for the duration of the school term. Students interest in this opportunity are encouraged to keep an eye on our website (vacancies link) for future opportunities in the upcoming terms or speak with your Careers Coordinator at your school. 

Project Manager
Project Manager commenced on the 29th July, Gregory Buxton.

Coming to us from Alice Springs, with extensive experience in the Local Government sector having worked for Alice Springs Town Council, Central Desert Regional Council and having previously worked as a Project Manager for the Department of Planning and Infrastructure. Greg has managed multi-million dollar projects throughout the duration of his experience and comes to us with a wealth of skill and knowledge

Community Grants Program 2021/22

Community Grants are open! 

Funding through this Grant Program is available to assist community groups and major events in the Katherine region.
Applicants may apply for up to $2,000 for community group projects and purchases or $5,000 for major events.

Please ensure to read the Community Grants 2021/22 Guidelines & Information before applying to ensure your project or event meets the eligibility criteria. 

Major Events Grants - Grants of up to $5000 are available for Major Events in the Katherine Region. 

Minor Grants  - Grants of up to $2000 are available to community groups in the Katherine region for capital purchases and general projects. 

Some eligible projects may include;

  • New Club Equipment (e.g Sports equipment, club fridge, BBQ etc.) 
  • Art Supplies
  • Decorations
  • Promotional Products (Signage, graphic design etc.) 
  • Facility Upgrades

Applications close COB 12 September 2021.

For more information see the Council's website. 


Doggy Day 2021

Did you attend doggy day?

Thanks to all humans and furry friends who attended the fun-filled day! It was a great success. 

Check if your pooch was snapped click here. 


Name the Sportsground Pavilion 

Help Council name the Sportsground Pavilion currently being conducted. 

Put your suggestion in today by clicking here!

Katherine Tourism on Top 

Katherine has won the Northern Territory’s Top Tourism Town Award. The awards are designed to showcase the value of tourism to many towns and communities across Australia, encourage visitor dispersal into regional Australia. The awards recognise those local Tourism Operators, Visitor Centres and Councils committed to making their town the very best destination it can be.


Katherine now has the opportunity to represent Northern Territory at the National Awards and be named Australia’s Top Tourism Town.


“Congratulations to our local tourism operators and hospitality businesses here in Katherine, this award is an achievement and I commend you on your efforts,” said Mayor Clark. 

After what had been a tumultuous and uncertain year for the Tourism sector, 2020/21 has seen record-smashing sales at the Katherine Visitor Information Centre (KVIC).


The KVIC has absolutely obliterated the previous sales record of $1.3M set in 2018/2019 with a total of $3 Million in total bookings for 2020/21.


Thanks to initiatives such as the NT Tourism Vouchers, Territorians were able to explore their own backyard and support our local tourism operators. As a result, Katherine saw exceptionally strong support during typically quiet periods like the wet season.


“Thank you to all Northern Territorians who did their bit for our tourism economy. Thank you for spending time in our beautiful region and spending your hard-earned dollars with local businesses” said, Mayor Lis Clark.


If you’re looking to book your next adventure, be sure to see the friendly team at the Visitor Information Centre.

Katherine's CBD Activation Program

Katherine Town Council’s CBD Activation Program has commenced! Council is encouraging the community to attend FREE activities in locations throughout the CBD.


Whether it be watching sporting events, listening to local talent, participating in fitness classes, meditating, creative arts or more, we want you to be involved!


See what we have on offer!





Olympics Live

Every night from 7:30 pm to late (23 July - 8 August)

Town Square

Open to all ages

Action Kids with the Y

Every Sunday in August
10:00am – 11:00am

O’Shea Park

Youth Aged 5 / 12yrs

General Strength Class with Katherine Physio

Every Tuesday in August

5:15pm – 6:15pm

Ryan Park


Parents & Bubs with the Y

Every Wednesday in August
10:00am – 11:00am

O’Shea Park

Under 5yrs

Muay Thai with Blue Eagle Training & Fitness!

From Friday 13 August
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Rundle Park

All Youth

Toyota AFL Live

20 & 21 August. Gates at 5pm

*Tickets required

Town Square

Open to all age


There will be more activities and classes coming, keep an eye out on the Katherine Town Council Facebook Page for further information.


Are you a local business owner in Katherine? Are you a performer? Do you want to bring your expertise to the CBD area? If yes, contact Council on 8972 5500 or

Proudly supported by Northern Territory Governnment. 

More information on opportunities for involvement can be found here.

Toyota AFL Live Site 
5:00pm | 20 August | Town Square 

Toyota is bringing all the excitement of AFL footy to you, with our AFL Live Site in Katherine

When we heard a suggestion that footy fans in regional Australia wanted to get closer to the action, we listened. Introducing the Toyota AFL Live Site, and it’s coming to Katherine, NT on Friday 20 August and Saturday 21 August 2021.

Enjoy the big game live on the big screen, plus special guest appearances by some AFL legends - Byron Pickett, Daniel Motlop and Shannon Motlop, food trucks, activities, prizes to be won and much more. Best of all, it’s free! Now that’s Good for Footy!

*Please note: tickets are free and include food and drinks, but due to COVID-19 protocols, all patrons must have a ticket to attend. Limited seating available, we encourage you to BYO rugs and cushions.

Book your free tickets at

Registrations now open for Kidman Springs Beefup Forum & Field Day

25 - 26 August | Victoria River Research Station

You better get ‘moo-ving’ as registrations are now open for the 2021 Kidman Springs Beefup Forum and Field Day held on the 25th – 26th August.
BeefUp forums provide an opportunity for northern Australian beef producers to learn something new, stay up to date with the latest on-farm research and technologies and meet others working in the red meat industry.
Registrations can be made by visiting the
BeefUp Kidman Springs Registration website.

Download the flyer

August Ordinary Meeting of Council 20201

6:00 pm | 24 August  | Civic Centre 

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

Queensland Ballet in Katherine 

 8 - 9 September  | Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre

There are free community classes & workshops held over 8 & 9 September 2021.

  • Wednesday 8-Sep – Library (1 x Teaching Artist)
    • 10:30am – 11:30am Story Time Workshops (1-2) on Little Bird’s Day 
  • Wednesday 8-Sep – Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre (1 x Teaching Artist until 12pm)
    • 9am – 3pm In-School workshops
    • 4pm – 6pm – Teacher PD (Fee)
    • 4:15pm – 5:15pm Community Class 6 – 11yrs
    • 5:15pm – 6:15pm Community Class 12 – 17yrs
  • Thursday 9-Sep – Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre (2 x Teaching Artists)
    • 9am – 9:30am Petit Pointers (2-5yrs)
    • 9:45am – 10:45am Ballet for Seniors

For more information or to book

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

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