Katherine Town Council pays tribute to long-serving aldermen

KATHERINE DEDICATION: Deputy mayor Henry Higgins and mayor Fay Miller congratulate Brian Lambert, Toni Tapp-Coutts, Jim Forscutt and Rob Phillips on their awards.
KATHERINE DEDICATION: Deputy mayor Henry Higgins and mayor Fay Miller congratulate Brian Lambert, Toni Tapp-Coutts, Jim Forscutt and Rob Phillips on their awards.

A COMBINED 81 years of community commitment was celebrated on December 8 when Katherine Town Council held a ceremony for six long-serving aldermen.

The aldermen, including current elected members Rob Phillips and Toni Tapp-Coutts, received long service awards as part of a Local Government Association of the Northern Territory initiative and mayor Fay Miller said it was “about time” their dedication had been recognised.

“These are without question those who have put in incredible hours over a very long period of time,” she said.

Alderman Phillips and Alderman Tapp-Coutts have notched up 12 years and 10 years of service respectively.

The other award winners were former mayors Jim Forscutt (23 years) and Anne Shepherd (12 years), and Mark Gage and Brian Lambert, both of whom also served the Katherine community for 12 years.

LGANT president Damien Ryan said the awards reflected a role that was “rewarding, challenging and frustrating in equal measure”.