All of Katherine's aldermen might be soon out of job.
But never fear, it is only a plan to re-name them as councillors.
It is a plan which will be taken to Katherine residents early next year.
It was a suggestion first made by Alderman Toni Tapp Coutts after the most recent council elections in 2017.
"It is time for a change, some things need to be re-vamped straight away," she said at the first meeting after being re-elected by a large margin.
"I first want to see the name aldermen dropped so we become councillors, it is outdated."
It has taken a few years but Alderman Tapp Coutts may get her wish.
Council contracted Craig Rowe and Associates to reviews its electoral procedures.
The change from aldermen to councillors, even the idea of introducing wards as other councils have done, has been raised.
Even dropping the title mayor and re-badging the role as "president" has been suggested although it appears the local government laws do not allow president.
No better idea than Katherine Town Council was found for the name, though.
Council will discuss an initial report at its meeting next week with the suggestion it be opened to public debate early next year.
The Katherine Progress Association was formed in March 1937 and the Katherine Town Management Board was established in 1960.
The Katherine Town Council was subsequently established in March 1978 with the first election being held in May of the same year, the report says.
The elected body of council has always comprised an elected mayor and six aldermen, and the council area has never been divided into wards (thus requiring all members to be elected at council wide elections).
Of the other councils in the Northern Territory, only two (i.e. the City or Darwin and the City of Palmerston) have aldermen. Further, the trend across the nation is away from the title of alderman, with only two councils in Tasmania currently having aldermen, although one of these (i.e. the City of Hobart) is already transitioning to councillors.
The alternative title of councillor is generally well accepted by the communities within other councils across the country; is less formal than "alderman"; is more contemporary; is not gender specific; and is consistent with the title adopted by the majority of Councils throughout Australia, the report said.
Any changes are unlikely to be made until the August 2021 elections.
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