On behalf of Council Happy New Year to everyone. Christmas was a very quiet time for most of the community this year. The Christmas Lights in Lindsay street proved to be a very popular event. There were 1,500 presents given away to children as well.
A huge thank you to Polly and her crew who gave a cooked breakfast to our homeless people on Christmas day. I am sure many people appreciated this gesture as well.
A memorial service was held for Alex Ariston in the new building on Gorge road that will be opened this year. Alex and Petrina built the new building in time for the tourist season. Alex was a huge influence in the Tourism Industry for Katherine and will be greatly missed. Our condolences to Petrina and the family.
There have been some complaints on Facebook about the new signs around the street corners in town. These signs were put in for the visitors to town.
Katherine has over 200,000 visitors to town every year and so many want to know where everything is. It was not meant for drivers but for the walkers in town.
The writing on the signs could not be any bigger as it would have been hard to fit the place names on them.
Street signs were not taken out as reported - they are still there. If there are any missing it is due to other reasons but not for the new signs. The signs were paid for by a grant that council had applied for. It has taken a very long time due to a number of factors but has finally been put into action.
Emungalan bridge is almost completed. It needs the last road seal and the guard rails in place. In the meantime residents have been using the bridge a little earlier due to the wet season.
The library had to be closed this last week due to a COVID contact. We do not have enough staff to fill the void so the library had to close. Council apologises for any inconvenience.
The recent cyclone Tiffany did bring much needed rain to our region. It is also a reminder to residents to be prepared in the event of flooding in town. It is handy to have medical supplies, torch, drinking water and dried or tinned food just in case the power goes off and something for your pet.
We need to maintain our mask wearing and keep up with the check ins as well as using the hand sanitiser as much as possible and please consider being immunised if you have not already done so. It will protect you if you catch COVID which is very likely now.
Everyone please stay safe and look out for one another.
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