Time to step up for your community

CURRENT COUNCIL: Deputy Mayor Peter Gazey, Alderman Elisabeth Clark, Mayor Fay Miller, Alderman Toni Tapp Coutts, and Alderman Steven Rose. (Alderman Henry Higgins absent).
CURRENT COUNCIL: Deputy Mayor Peter Gazey, Alderman Elisabeth Clark, Mayor Fay Miller, Alderman Toni Tapp Coutts, and Alderman Steven Rose. (Alderman Henry Higgins absent).

NOMINATIONS are now open for six aldermen positions and the office of the mayor of Katherine. 

After a forced wait of more than five years due to the NT elections, Katherine ratepayers will go the polls on August 26. 

Nominations close on August 3.

If you are new to town and need to update your address you have until July 25 and can do that here. 

Two aldermen are definitely going and a third has told the Katherine Times she was on the fence.

Long-serving mayor Fay Miller will toss her hat in the ring again for the mayoral position, after winning by a landslide at the 2012 election.

“I have only been in for one term, there are projects I want to see through,” Mayor Miller told Katherine Times earlier this year. 

Alderman Rob Phillips retired from council at the end of 2016 and no by-election was held.

After almost a decade in the job, Henry Higgins has decided not to contest the 2017 poll.

“I am not going to run again, after nine and a half years of service I am a little tired,” Alderman Higgins has said. 

Elisabeth Clarke has served two terms on council but is unsure if she will stand again.

“It has been wonderful, but you have to commit yourself, you don’t just go to a monthly meeting,” Alderman Clarke said.

Author Toni Tapp-Coutts has been on council for 11 years, but said she would commit to another four if re-elected. 

“I am putting my hand up again because there are exciting times ahead of us, there is a lot more work to do,” Alderman Tapp-Coutts has said.

Nurseryman Steven Rose has served for six years and said he is not ready to pass the torch on to less experienced candidates. 

“You know what the community wants and you have the skills to get things done,” Alderman Rose said.

Deputy Mayor Peter Gazey was voted into local council during the 2014 by-election and told Katherine Times earlier this year that he was planning to stand again. 

Postal vote applications can be submitted online, with ballot papers dispatched on Monday, August 7.

Alternatively residents can vote at the early and remote voting centre at shop 4, Katherine Central Shopping Centre, from Monday, August 14.

The election will be held on Saturday, August 26, with polling booths set up at the Civic Centre, MacFarlane Primary School and RAAF Base Tindal.