The Northern Territory news Thu 30 May 2019
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08 NEWS THURSDAY MAY 30 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 FEWER tourists are visiting Katherine than this time last year, new figures show. Katherine Visitor Information Centres latest report, presented to Katherine Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday, showed 5466 people popped into the centre in April 2019 a 1.6 per cent decrease from April 2018. Tourists were also spending less, with total sales for April 2019 adding up to just $63,012.83, a decrease of 2.88 per cent on the year prior. Katherine Visitor Information Centre tourism officer Lachlan Rossiter said while the April figures were down, statistics for the month of May were looking good. Were looking to smash our May record (for spend per visitor), Mr Rossiter said. He said while there were fewer visitors through the doors this month than in May 2018, people were buying more. Were getting a lot of cruises, accommodation bookings and scenic flights, he said. Less people are spending more money. Nitmiluk National Park remains the centres biggest seller. For those looking to explore Katherine, Mr Rossiter said there were lots of attractions that did not break the bank. Edith Falls is a must do Im out there twice a week, he said. Mr Rossiter said a lot of visitors were also interested in Kakadu National Park after a successful advertising campaign at the end of 2018. Weve had so many inquiries into Kakadu, he said. Boab Caravan Park manager Glenn Amato said he found people were not staying long in Katherine at present. One or two nights theyre staying and then deciding what theyre doing, he said. We havent had a lot of longtermers. Mr Amatos park is close to Nitmiluk National Park and is just a short walk to the popu LAUREN ROBERTS K-Town losing tourists April figures show decline Edith Falls in Nitmiluk National Park is a must do activity, according to local guides Picture: TOURISM NT lar Katherine Hot Springs. He said some people were staying one night in Katherine and then driving straight through to Broome and up to Darwin. Theres a lot of traffic between Katherine and Darwin, Mr Amato said. Residents face hefty rates hike KATHERINE residents will be slugged with a 7.5 per cent rate increase and can expect to pay more in waste charges in the next financial year, Mayor Fay Miller has confirmed. The new fee structure was presented to council Tuesday night, and adopted by representatives as part of its 2019-20 Municipal Plan. Looking forward over the next five years, rates for Katherine locals are expected to rise 6.5 per cent. Ms Miller defended the increase, saying it was part of a 10-year strategic plan adopted by Katherine Council three years ago and would go towards improving the public amenities in Katherine. We worked out the rate increases for the next 10 years, she said. We had significant (rate) increases to deal with the backlog of work to be done in Katherine. 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