Gunner and the crew visit – in pictures

LONG SPEECH: NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner last night gave a long speech on the positive future for Katherine after a long day of business.

LONG SPEECH: NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner last night gave a long speech on the positive future for Katherine after a long day of business.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner and virtually the entire Government have farewelled Katherine this morning after a day (and night) of meetings and announcements.

The big ticket announcement was the $8m for a new Katherine Fire Station, to sit alongside the soon-to-be opened St John Ambulance Station on the Stuart Highway.

Mr Gunner last night said the new station should be complete by the end of next year to give police some much needed elbow room at the PFES HQ directly opposite.

Traditional Owners had their say on the $10m promised by the CLP for the Skywalk project, and schools and various other groups also won needed attention.

About 100 people attended a community barbecue on the lawns of Katherine Town Council yesterday afternoon and the Godinymayin Yijard Arts and Cultural Centre hosted a well attended dinner where Mr Gunner outlined a positive message for Katherine’s future.

It was a very big day pollie-wise for Katherine with Opposition leader Gary Higgins also visiting yesterday, announcing the CLP’s intentions of wresting the seat of Katherine back from Labor at the next poll.