Elected Members

Katherine Town Council - "The Heart of Opportunity"

Fay Miller


P: (08) 8972 5500 F: (08) 8971 0305
E: records@ktc.nt.gov.au

Fay's vision for Katherine: To make Katherine a place where people want to live, invest in business ventures, raise their family, retire or visit for a very enjoyable experience.

A little about Fay: Fay and her family came to Katherine in December 1989 for a planned 4 year stay. Within this time the family knew Katherine was to be their home.

Fay has been deeply involved in the Tourism industry as both an operator and now as a passionate advocate for this vital Katherine industry.

Fay believes that wherever you live you must take responsibility for the growth and development of that community at whatever level you are capable – be it a sporting association, community organisation, business development or local government – and Fay has always strived to that end.

Jon Raynor 


P: (08) 8971 7210 M: 0447 844 827 

E: jon.raynor@ktc.nt.gov.au

Jon's vision for Katherine:  To see the Town GROW.  We are in a unique position in the Territory, a place where everything and everyone has to come through.  We have so much opportunity to grow but it seems we are held back by NT and Federal Governments. It’s time to push forward.

A little about Jon:  Having first arrived in 1995 to take a posting in Tindal, Katherine was always going to be Jon's home.  We were all tested in the Australia Day 1998 Floods but the resilience of the Town is what cemented Jon to Katherine.  Leaving Katherine to take a posting overseas, Jon and his wife asked to be re-posted to Tindal / Katherine, but it took buying a small property in 2003, to make that a reality.

After being discharged from the RAAF in 2008 Jon has since worked in a few other positions.  Jon currently work for Airnorth in Katherine

Matthew Hurley 


M: 0459 929 790 
E: matthew.hurley@ktc.nt.gov.au

Elisabeth Clark


P: 08 8972 2180 F: 08 8972 2937
E: lis.clark@ktc.nt.gov.au

Lis's Vision For Katherine:  Lis would like to see another bridge so we are not relying on one during the wet season. A transport hub would also be important particularly when the trucking industry is growing all the time. They need to eat, sleep and have other amenities that are easier to access than what is available at present.

A Little About Lis:  Lis has lived in Katherine since 1968 and has seen many changes. Lis is married with 2 children and 5 grandchildren with most of her life spent being involved in horticulture, landscaping and a nursery. This is Lis's third term with the Council. During her first term her most notable achievement was the installation of the Liberty Swing for disabled children at the Katherine Playpark.

Lis see’s anti-social behaviour as the biggest issue that still needs to be addressed.

John Zelley 


M: 0417 355 957
E: john.zelley@ktc.nt.gov.au

John's Vision for Katherine:  To see a town that is vibrant, friendly and welcoming for all families from many different cultures. Also for our river and surrounds to be developed into an attraction for visitors - a place where business can grow and prosper.

A Little About John:  John has lived in Katherine for 13 years. John is married with two daughters. John is the Principal Lecturer in Automotive for Charles Darwin University. John is a keen fisherman as well as an "average athlete". John spends a lot of his free time volunteering on committees such as the Katherine Community Radio, Katherine Athletics, Katherine Game Fishing Club and Katherine South School.

Dennis Rogero

Peter Gazey


P: 8972 2601
E: peter.gazey@ktc.nt.gov.au

Peter's Vision for Katherine: Peter would like to see the natural features of the area utilized more in everyday ways. The river as it runs through town needs to become more utilized without losing its natural beauty. The town needs to prow to a size that allows local business to compete with large towns so that Katherine becomes a supply hub for the region. Development also needs to take place in areas that allow rural lifestyle to continue in close proximity of the main town area.

A Little About Peter:  Peter has lived in Katherine for over 17 years and is married with 3 young children who all attend schoolsKatherine. Peter is a Registered Nurse and has been running the Binjari Health Service for over 10 years. Peter also co-facilitates childbirth, breast feeding and parenting sessions at the Katherine Hospital as he is passionate about the importance of a father’s role in a child's development.

Peter’s property of 40 acres allows his family to work towards a degree of self-sufficiency, while enjoying the fabulous climate and unique Katherine environment.

Toni Tapp-Coutts


P: 0419 839 033
E: toni.tapp-coutts@ktc.nt.gov.au

Toni's Vision of Katherine: For Katherine to be a happy, safe place to live where everyone has equal opportunity and feels welcome and part of the community.

A little about Toni: A proud born and bred Territorian and the eldest of ten children. She grew up on Killarney Station southwest of Katherine in the Northern Territory and worked for 14 years on McArthur River Station in the Gulf Country.

Toni is married and lives in Katherine with her three children and three grandchildren.

Toni has been an elected member of the Katherine Town for over 12 years and has served on a broad range of boards and committees. These currently include being a board member of the Katherine Museum, The Godinymayin Yjard Arts and Cultural Centre, the NT Writer’s Centre and a founding member of the Katherine Region of Writers (KROW) over 25 years ago.

Toni has been a small business owner, Executive Officer of Katherine Regional Arts, Producer of the Barunga Festival, Binjari Festival and the Katherine Fringe Festival. She has extensive knowledge in local government, recently working for three years at the Victoria Daly Regional Council as the Local Authorities Officer.

She has self-published the biography ‘Bill Tapp – Cattle King’ and has co-produced and designed the covers for six of the KROW anthologies. She has had works featured on Radio National and published in a variety of magazines. She has been shortlisted in the NT Literary Awards had a story published in the 2007 NT Children’s Anthology. Toni has written for a wide variety of newsletters and local papers.  Toni Tapp Coutts is the author of two bestselling memoirs. A Sunburnt Childhood (2016) and My Outback Life (2017) and co-author of ‘What a Woman’ Stories of Women form the Katherine Region.

A breast cancer survivor in 2013, Toni was responsible for lobbying the government of the day for a chemo unit in her home town and within two years that dream was realised and Katherine now has a five chair chemo unit.

Toni’s focus is on the maintaining the pristine environment and water and the social, historical and cultural integrity of Katherine.