WELCOME TO OUR TOWN
Katherine is in a unique location in the Territory – at the crossroads of north south and east-west and surrounded by magnificent parks and river systems.
I call it Adventure Territory. I came to Katherine in late 1989 for what I thought would be a four-year timeframe. My story is no different to dozens of other locals who have done the same – and are still here decades later.
There is something special about Katherine and the region that keeps one here. There are also many stories of those who have left to “greener pastures” only to return to Katherine after a couple of years saying how much they missed this place.
I have had the privilege of serving our community for many years now and never fail to enjoy the many and varied interests and cultures that we share. Katherine and the Big Rivers Region offers great opportunities for economic development.
Trials in both the horticulture and agriculture industry show there is still great interest in developing the north. We are also very fortunate to have RAAF Base Tindal, which will continue to grow. This year we have certainly had our share of disappointments economically and socially with the coronavirus pandemic quarantining – no different to the rest of the world.
It has, however, been rewarding to see how so many businesses have been in a position to adapt to introduce a new way of presenting their product to meet consumers’ needs even in quarantine. Our region is very drive-market oriented and this year has been an extremely hard economic time for those who cater specifically for this sector.
We are a resilient mob, though, and I am quietly confident that 2021 is going to be a ripper of a year. To that end, we are focussing on redevelopments throughout our town, which will make it much more pleasant for locals and visitors alike. TQ