Works are not expected to resume on the Hot Springs project until August.
Mayor Fay Miller last night told Katherine Town Council the long delayed works were now expected to resume after this year's "tourist season".
"We are not planning on having a lot happen down there during the tourist season," she said.
"We don't want to interrupt as much as we can the business that's already there."
This is despite the current project update on the project featured on the council's website saying work would begin in May.
Chief executive officer Rob Jennings told the council meeting the paperwork for the release of tenders to finish the first stage and start the second was almost complete.
Mr Jennings said he expected the tenders would be advertised in the next few weeks and it would then take about four weeks for contractors to bid for the work.
"The Hot Springs project continues to track well since our last update, with construction work anticipated to recommence during May 2019," the project update says.
"Initial geotechnical investigations are complete and engineers have begun the process to accommodate future construction.
"The engineering documentation is due for completion in March 2019, ready for the architects to modify the overall documentation. Tender packages are expect to be released in late March/early April."
Mayor Miller told the rates forum earlier in the month all the Hot Springs work would be completed this year.
The $2 million upgrade, when first announced in April, 2016 was initially to be completed by the end of that year although the scope of the project was expanded after the launch.
Almost $1 million was budgeted for the first stage of the project with most of the money funded by the NT Government.
The first stage involved the removal of trees and terracing on the main entrance bank to the Hot Springs and the installation of the gabion rock baskets.
The 2018 wet season caused "some erosion" in the lower gabion rock wall tier, the council discovered.
The second stage of the project involves a new playground at the top of the river bank, near the Pop Rocket Cafe.
The Katherine River stayed remarkably low this past wet season which hopefully saved the bank from any further damage.
Construction fences have been a feature of the river bank for almost three years.