Town of Katherine

The Katherine Town Council is a local government area in the Northern Territory, established on 3 March 1978. It is situated 320 kilometres (200 mi) south of Darwin, and covers an area of 7,417 square kilometres (2,864 sq mi).

Katherine Town Council
Northern Territory
Katherine Municipality.jpg
Location of Katherine Town Council
Population10,621 (2018)[1]
 • Density1.43198/km2 (3.7088/sq mi)
Area7,417 km2 (2,863.7 sq mi)[1]
MayorElisabeth Clark
Council seatKatherine
Territory electorate(s)Katherine
Federal division(s)Lingiari
Katherine Town Council Logo.png
WebsiteKatherine Town Council
LGAs around Katherine Town Council:
Victoria Daly Roper Gulf Roper Gulf
Victoria Daly Katherine Town Council Roper Gulf
Victoria Daly Victoria Daly Roper Gulf
FootnotesAdjoining LGAs[2]

The Town of Katherine is an established residential township with a commercial area and rural areas on the outskirts of the town. The original inhabitants of the town were the Dagoman and Jawoyn Aboriginal people. European settlement of the area dates from 1871, following the construction of the Overland Telegraph Line. Growth of the town began to start from 1926, following the opening of the railway line. The township grew around the railway line. The most significant development occurred in the post-war years, aided by growth in the tourism industry.

The current mayor is Elisabeth Clark, who presides over a council with six aldermen. Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of every month.

Suburbs, localities and communitiesEdit

Land within the Katherine municipality was divided in 2007 into bounded areas for the purpose of creating an address for a property. The bounded areas within the Katherine urban area are called "suburbs", those in adjoining rural areas are called "localities" and those associated with aboriginal communities are called "communities".[3][4]





  1. ^ a b "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Katherine Municipality Suburbs and Localities (map)" (PDF). Place Names Committee. NorthernTerritory Government. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2019. Map shows adjoining LGAs as well as the layout of suburbs, localities and communities within the LGA
  3. ^ "Northern Territory localities and suburbs". Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Katherine Municipality". Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 25 March 2019.

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Coordinates: 14°28′00″S 132°16′34″E / 14.4667°S 132.2762°E / -14.4667; 132.2762