Hi there again. Here we are with only 15 short weeks to Christmas. It's been a very busy year so far with no sign of slowing down.
In August I hosted an event for the seniors in our community as part of senior's month inviting Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmurr-Baumann.
Miriam is the Senior Australian of the year and has a very interesting story growing up with Missionaries in the community of Nauiyu- Daly River. She is a well renowned Aboriginal elder, teacher, artist, activist, writer and public speaker.
It was a great turnout and good for some seniors to catch up with people they hadn't seen for some time and listen to Miriam's story.
We survived the lockdown and it was good to see here in Katherine everyone did the right thing as we had an extra day than Darwin.
As I get around to talk to business people it is clear that whilst some business are booming the need for workers is the same across the Territory.
There is a huge need for staff across multiple sectors of the community.
I have continued with community BBQs and also supporting sporting clubs, and groups such as Guides and also sponsoring children heading off to represent the NT in their chosen sport.
We have assisted with BBQs at the AFL which have been successful.
It has been good to see the High School progressing and more recently receive funding to start work soon on the Science and Arts area later in the year.
The smoothie bike has been busy at Schools around town with the students and teachers peddling up a storm and making smoothies. Great weather for it as it starts to warm up getting ready for the build-up.
We have recently had the council elections and I've congratulated Lis Clarke on being re-elected as the Mayor and the Councillors, Kym Henderson, Jeremy Trembath, Maddy Bower, Ben Herdon, Amanda Kingdon and Denis Coburn.
They have a big job ahead of them and I look forward to working with them at different times.
A very busy weekend was had starting on Saturday morning supporting Cecilia Johns on her quest to run a marathon with the Indigenous Marathon project.
Cecilia ran 30km on Saturday morning along with Kelly Rosas as support runner and Mum and David riding along on pushbikes as well.
I wish Cecelia all the best as this is a race of endurance but also after 30km it's a mind game.
The Dreaming Under the Sun white long table lunch hosted by Bella Leonhardt and Raine Holcombe raising funds for Dollys Dream was attended well by locals and station folk.
Money raised went to the Dollys Dream foundation. A big thankyou to everyone who put their hand in their pocket and also the business that donated towards this amazing afternoon.
Moving on the Joy of many colours was held at Godinmayin with an incredible amount of effort upcycling and recycling garments for the fashion show. A huge attendance and the food was amazing with all the different cultures.
As I write this I'm getting ready for Minister Littleproud to arrive in Katherine.
He is the Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia.
It is so important for our Federal Ministers to be able to visit the NT and meet with people in the community and discuss their concerns whether it be around agriculture and the diverse range we have in the region, the mango season that is upon us and the workers needed to pick the crops, on farm quarantine, the developing cotton industry and cotton Gin that is going to be built out of town.
The NT has so much to offer.
If you see me in the street or want to pop into the office and have a chat I'm always available to hear your concerns.
JO HERSEY IS THE MEMBER FOR KATHERINE
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