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Katherine Today Project Newsletter

Hot Springs Revitalisation

Project Aim – to shape the Hot Springs into an even better place for the locals to enjoy and a memorable tourism experience for the NT.

The Hot Springs project is still on track since our last update, with the onsite restart of the project planned for the beginning of the 2019 dry season. Council are now in the negotiations phase with the builder for the Stage 1B works to determine the final scope. Stage 2 works are also being designed as we write to allow for these works to be commenced during the 2019 dry season as well.

Mode Design - Hot Springs Revitalisation Stage 2 Concept

Elements of the project already completed, including the successful pop-up cafe experience, an exercise station, a portion of terraced gabion stone wall and access to the springs, greater amenity and improved parking will be supplemented through the Stage 2 design works of an upper level playground, a dining experience, landscaping as well as disability access.

Interim works are planned to occur on site around January 2019 to shore up the in-progress works on site. As the works were paused mid-construction, we are trying to reduce the possibility of any river related damage to the construction during the current wet season. Nature is hard to predict, but we are doing our best!

Key to Council’s planning is reduced impact to users and businesses, but the nature of construction works makes this a challenging task. Our focus still remains on completing the project as quickly as possible, obtaining a high quality result and achieving value for money.

We thank our community and businesses for their patience whilst this project is progressed and very much look forward to sharing the park when it is completed.

CBD Revitalisation

Project Aim – to revitalise the Katherine CBD so as to provide it with a beautiful, inviting and functional street presence for locals and visitors. The project must encompass the elements of social inclusion, cultural embodiment, economic prosperity and environmental viability.

The project is part of an overall plan by Council (in partnership with Department of the Chief Minister, Department of Infrastructure Planning and Logistics and the Chamber of Commerce) to create an enriching community that is engaging and functional for local residents, those visiting from the Big Rivers region, those considering relocating to a regional area and tourists alike.

Initial Concept Plan for Katherine CBD Revitalisation Project

The consultant tender for these works has now been released and will close in late January 2019. A new multi-project Project Manager has been engaged by Council from the funding available to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of these projects. A program and plan for the overall project is one of the key deliverables for early in 2019.

Areas of focus for the project include the parks as community spaces, circulation improvements, parking strategies, safety through design, landscaping, amenities, climate mitigation, artwork as well as the attractiveness and function of the CBD area. Methods of consultation being considered include a community reference group to provide feedback on the conceptual design of the project, working with the Katherine East Neighbourhood Centre Project Advisory Group feedback, surveys, a pop-up shop and regular newsletters.

The early elements of the project to be delivered include directional signage and a potential grants process for shop owners/ tenants.

Sportsgrounds Upgrade

Project Aim – To achieve the priority and relevant elements of the Katherine Sportsgrounds Master Plan and other appropriate strategic priorities by delivering the design and construction of functional new sportsgrounds upgrades.

Similar to other projects mentioned in this newsletter, the consultant tender for these works have now been released and will close in late January 2019. A new multi-project Project Manager has been engaged by Council from the funding available to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of these projects. A program and plan for the overall project is one of the key deliverables for early in 2019.

Areas of focus for the project include an appropriate sports facility between the existing ovals, safety enhancements to the entry road infrastructure and other relevant works as identified through consultation.

The Sportsgrounds Community Advisory Committee will be involved in the concept design stage of the project and other methods of engagement include regular newsletters and social media updates. The early elements of the project to be delivered include Oval 2 surface and reticulation works as well as a swimming pool shade upgrade.

Showgrounds Upgrades

Project Aim – To achieve the priority and relevant elements of the Katherine Showgrounds Master Plan and other appropriate strategic priorities by delivering the design and construction of functional new showgrounds upgrades.

Similar to other projects mentioned in this newsletter, the consultant tender for these works have now been released and will close in late January 2019. A new multi-project Project Manager has been engaged by Council from the funding available to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of these projects. A program and plan for the overall project is one of the key deliverables for early in 2019.

Areas of focus for the project are likely to include the rodeo and campdraft arenas, amenities, safer traffic circulation during events, campgrounds and other relevant works identified through consultation.

The Showgrounds Community Advisory Committee will be involved in the concept design stage of the project and other methods of engagement include regular newsletters and social media updates. The early elements of the project that are planned to be delivered include the amenities, campgrounds and an access road from the rear entry.

Our thanks to The Northern Territory Government for generously providing the funding to allow these projects to happen.

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