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					Katherine
Economic Profile
                     At a
   glance
                nt.gov.au/drdpifr
 This is a partnership project between the Katherine Economic
Development Committee and the Northern Territory Government.
KATHERINE AT A GLANCE
The Northern Territory (NT) comprises a land area of 1,346,200 km2.
It is the third largest of the states and territories after Western Australia
and Queensland, yet has the smallest population and population density.
The population is relatively young and highly urbanised with a significantly
higher proportion of Indigenous people than in other states. (Source -
Australian Bureau of Statistics)
The economy of the Katherine Region is quite diverse and vibrant.
The Region supports a wide range of industries such as Tourism,
Pastoral, Horticulture, Mining, Defence Services, Construction, Retail,
Community and Government Services. Most of the industries continue
to demonstrate strong growth patterns and consequently there are
opportunities for investment, expansion and career development.




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       DARWIN
                                                      Jabiru

                             Adelaide
                             River

                                                                  Bulman                                Alyangula
         Nauiyu
                                        Pine Creek

        KATHERINE                             Katherine(T) Roper
                                              Barunga
                                                                           Bar                  Numbulwar
                                                                                 Ngukurr
                                                        Beswick
                                          Mataranka
                                                           Jilkminggan
              Timber
              Creek                                                                             Bing
                                                           Larrimah                             Bong

                                                                                           Borroloola
                                                               Daly Waters



                                                                                                  Cape
                                                                                                  Crawford
          Daguragu
                                                                 Elliott
                       Kalkarindji




                  Lajamanu




                                                                               Tennant                  Barkly
                                                TENNANT                        Creek (T)                Homestead

                                                CREEK




                                         ALICE
                                         SPRINGS


                                                                           0                150                300

                                                                                   kilometers
                                                                                                             Source: DRDPIFR
SOCIETY




DEMOGRAPHY
                                                  2006          2007p*
Estimated Resident Population (30 June)            no.            no.
Katherine Township                                9023           9124
Katherine - non urban                             9623           9777
Katherine Region Total                           18,646         18,901
Northern Territory                               210,674        214,975
*p = preliminary.

Estimated Resident Population by age as at 30 June 2007p*
                                                 Male           Female
All persons                                      no.             no.
0-4                                             1002             924
5-14                                              1749           1789
15-24                                             1653           1558
25-64                                             4771           4638
65+                                                444            366
Katherine Region Total                            9619           9275
Source: ABS cat. no. 3235.0 June 2007.
*p = preliminary.

                                                Indigenous   Non-Indigenous
Civilian population aged 15 - 64 years
                                                    no.            no.
Katherine Township                                 1257           4625
Katherine - non urban                             3618           2311
Katherine Region Total                            4875           6936
Source: ABS Census 2006 Time Series Data.


LABOUR MARKET - KATHERINE TOWN
Labour Force                                     2006-07       2007-08
Unemployed persons                        no.      215            273
Unemployment rate                         %        4.2            5.0
Labour force                              no.     5156           5502
Source: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
(DEEWR), Small Area Labour Market (SALM) Report June 2008.


LABOUR MARKET - KATHERINE REGION TOTAL
Labour Force                                     2006-07       2007-08
Unemployed persons                        no.      480            675
Unemployment rate                         %        5.7            7.5
Labour force                              no.     8393           8956
Source: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
(DEEWR), Small Area Labour Market (SALM) Report June 2008.
Katherine Region includes Katherine town.
 SOCIETY




SELECTED MEDIANS AND AVERAGES                                    Census 2006
                                                              Katherine Katherine
                                                              Township   Region
Median age of persons                                            34        32
Median individual income                         ($/weekly)     583        383
Median family income                             ($/weekly)    1353        973
Median household income                          ($/weekly)    1090       1009
Median housing loan repayment                   ($/monthly)    1083       1062
Median rent                                      ($/weekly)     135        75
Average number of persons per bedroom                           1.2        1.5
Average household size                                          2.7        3.4
Source: ABS Census 2006 Time Series Data.

INCOME
                                                              2004-05    2005-06
Mean Taxable Income                                              $          $
Katherine Township                                             42,651     44,482
Katherine Region                                               42,161    43,246
Northern Territory                                             45,816    47,491
Source: Australian Taxation Office data.

LABOUR FORCE FORECAST
Occupation                                      Census 2006 Forecast 2011   %
                                                    no.          no.      Change
Managers and administrators (no.)                   231          225        -3
Professionals (no.)                                 595         625           5
Associate professionals (no.)                       560         554           -1
Trades persons and related workers (no.)            702         711           1
Advanced clerical and service workers (no.)          83          83           0
Intermediate clerical, sales, service workers
                                                    631         652           3
(no.)
Intermediate production and transport
                                                    219         195        -11
workers (no.)
Elementary clerical, sales, service workers
                                                    289         277           -4
(no.)
Labourers and related workers (no.)                 226         192        -15
Katherine Region Total                             3536         3514          -1
Source: Department of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and
Resources, 2008.

WORK FORCE EDUCATION - NTCE GRADUTES
                                                               2006       2007
                                                                no.        no.
Katherine Region                                                28         22
Northern Territory                                              933        985
Source: Department of Business and Employment, 2008.
SOCIETY




WORK FORCE EDUCATION -
APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINEESHIPS
                                                       2006             2007
Katherine Region                                        no.              no.
In training                                             278              270
Commencements                                             218             214
Source: Department of Business and Employment, 2008.


EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY                                     Census 2006
                                                          no.               %
Agriculture, forestry and fishing                         631               9
Mining                                                    163               2
Manufacturing                                             155               2
Electricity, gas, water and waste services                56                1
Construction                                              399               6
Wholesale trade                                           116               2
Retail trade                                              525               7
Accommodation and food services                           346               5
Transport, postal and warehousing                         208               3
Information media and telecommunications                  56                1
Financial and insurance services                          77                1
Rental, hiring and real estate services                   52                1
Professional, scientific and technical services           145               2
Administrative and support services                       248               3
Public administration and safety                       2152               30
Education and training                                    582               8
Health care and social assistance                         927             13
Arts and recreation services                              84                1
Other services                                            200               3
Katherine Region Total                                 7122               100
Source: ABS Census 2006 Time Series Data Lower Top End.



AREA
                                                                  Km2
Katherine Township                                                582
Katherine - non urban                                           345,560
Katherine Region                                                346,143
Northern Territory                                              1,346,200
Source: ABS Census 2006.
ECONOMY




GROSS STATE AND REGIONAL PRODUCT
                                           1996          2001         2006
                                            $M            $M           $M
Katherine Township GRP                      569           520          579
Katherine - non urban GRP                   349           540          544
Katherine Region GRP                        918          1060         1123
Northern Territory GSP                     8776         11,425       13,405
GRP = Gross Regional Product.
GSP = Gross State Product.

AVERAGE COST OF A BASKET OF GOODS
                                         Jun 2006      Jun 2007      Jun 2008
                                             $             $             $
Katherine Township                        166.29        173.98        181.71
Alice Springs                             157.96        163.83        173.57
 Darwin                                   167.14         172.30       177.50
Source: Northern Territory Treasury.

AVERAGE UNLEADED PETROL PRICES
                                         Sep 2006      Sep 2007      Sep 2008
                                           cents         cents         cents
Katherine Township                        135.00        132.40        162.10
Alice Springs                             142.00        142.20        169.10
Darwin                                    135.80        135.60       162.20
 Eight capitals average                   122.80        121.90       150.60
Source: Northern Territory Treasury.

PROPERTY MARKET - KATHERINE TOWNSHIP
                                                         2007         2008
Sales                                                     no.          no.
House                                                     110          133
Unit                                                       25          20
Sale Price (median)                                      $’000        $’000
House                                                     267          268
Unit                                                      215          211
Rent (per week median)                                      $           $
House                                                     300          310
Unit                                                      270          280
Vacancy Rates                                              %            %
3 Bedroom House                                           1.0          1.8
2 Bedroom Unit                                            1.0          2.1
Rental Yield                                               %            %
3 Bedroom House                                           5.8          6.0
2 Bedroom Unit                                            6.5          6.9
Source: Real Estate Institute of the Northern Territory June 2008.
INDUSTRY

KATHERINE INDUSTRY SECTORS
                                        No. of         %                 GRP 2006
Industry classification
                                      businesses of businesses             $M
Construction                             132          20                    38
Retail trade                             129              20                 21
Agriculture, forestry and fisheries      129              20                 10
Property and business services           102              16                 17
Transport and storage                     30              5                  19
Personal and other services               27              4                  11
Accommodation, cafes and
                                          27              4                  16
restaurants
Health and community services             21              3                  38
Finance and insurance                     21              3                  10
Manufacturing                             18              3                  14
Wholesale trade                           12              2                   8
Communication services                     6              1                  14
Cultural and recreational                  3               -                  3
Education*                                 -               -                 27
Electricity, gas and water supply*         -               -                 13
Mining*                                    -               -                 45
Government adminstration and
                                           -               -                 82
business services*
Ownership of dwellings plus taxes
                                           -               -                193
and statistical discrepancies
Katherine Town Total                     657             100                579
Source: ABS, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, June
2003 to June 2007.
* Based on ABS methodology, data is not available for these industries.


PRIMARY INDUSTRIES
· The Katherine region accounts for an estimated $67 million, or 33 per cent of the
  Territory’s pastoral production (including cattle and other livestock).
· The Katherine region has 246 registered properties, holding more than 838,000
  head of cattle and buffalo, equating to approximately 38 per cent of all cattle in the
  Territory.
                                                  Katherine Region Northern Territory
  Estimated production                                2006-07              2006-07
                                                        Tonnes              Tonnes
  Cereal                                                 -                 1078
Seed and hay                                         29,940             112,505
Peanuts                                                623                 623
Fruit and vegetable                                  22,611              33,900
Total                                                 53,174            148,106

Estimated value of production                        $’000              $’000
Cereal                                                  -                 300
Seed and hay                                          5400               17,600
Peanuts                                               1000                1000
Fruit and vegetable                                  33,900             128,100
Total                                                40,300             147,000
Source: ABS cat no 1362.7 2008, Horticulture outlook.
INDUSTRY




MINING
                                                              2006-07
Katherine Region                                       Qty       Value ($’000)
Gold                                     gramme        9.0            0.2
Sand                                      tonne       960               5.3
Soil                                      tonne       475               4.6
Gravel                                    tonne       2700             19.5
Silver                                   gramme        1.0               -
Limestone                                 tonne      92,731            1435
Quicklime                                 tonne      24,236            1233
Crushed rock                              tonne      57,187            978
Zinc/Lead concentrate                     tonne     309,953           565,504
Katherine Region Total                              488,252           569,179
Source: Department of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and
Resources, 2008.

TOURISM
                                                       2007
                                         Hotels/    Visitor           Caravan
Katherine Region                         Motels     Hostels            Parks
Establishments (no.)                       10          3                9
Bed spaces or van sites (no.)             1709         na              1436
Persons employed (no.) Dec quarter         138         na               82
Guest nights (‘000)                        188         2                na
Guest arrivals (‘000)                      115         1                na
Accommodation takings ($’000) annual       8.6         na               2.8
Bed or site occupancy (%)                 26.8         na               7.3
ABS cat no 1362.7 2008.

Visitor Numbers, Nights and Average Length Of Stay

                                                    2005 to 2007
                                         Visitor     Visitor     Average
                                        Numbers      Nights        Stay
Katherine Region                         (’000)      (’000)       Nights
Domestic                                   217        734               3
International                              51         197               4
Katherine Region Total                     268        931               3
ABS cat no 1362.7 2008.

                                                        2005 to 2007
Katherine Region                                        Annual Average
Domestic tourism expenditure               $M                   82
Average expenditure per person*             $                   378
 Average expenditure per night*             $                   112
ABS cat no 1362.7 2008.
* Domestic only.
INDUSTRY




CONSTRUCTION
                                                          2005-06       2006-07
Katherine Township
                                                            $M            $M
Total residential building                                  6.2           6.7
Total non-residential building                               3.5          3.5
Alterations and additions to residential buildings           3.3          2.5
Total building Katherine Town                               13.0         12.7
Katherine Region                                            $M           $M
Total residential building                                  12.9         11.5
Total non-residential building                              19.6          4.6
Alterations and additions to residential buildings           3.4          5.7
Total building Katherine Region                             34.7         20.1


BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS
                                                               Sept 2008
                                                                  %
Micro businesses                                                  58
Small businesses                                                    33
Medium businesses                                                   9
Owners                                                              69
Locally owned                                                       79
Indigenous owned or controlled                                      4
Operating more than 10 years                                        50
Employ less than 19 staff                                           91
Annual turnover is < than $2m a year                                87
Service the defence sector in some form                             46
Federal intervention-positive impact                                17
Future businesses confident                                         80
Seasonally effected businesses                                      54
Previous Business Performance (Sept 2007 to Sept 2008)              %
 Value of sales had increased                                       57
Value of wages had increased                                        54
Prices charged had increased                                        57
Capital expenditure had increased                                   45
Profitability had increased                                         49
Workforce had increased                                             24
Expected Business Performance (Sept 2008 to Sept 2009)              %
 Increase the value of their sales                                  65
Increase in the size of their work force                            30
Increase their wages bill                                           49
Increase prices charged                                             57
Increase profitability                                              62
Increase capital expenditure                                        38
Source: Department of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and
Resources - Katherine Business Survey 2008.
 KATHERINE FACILITIES AND ADVANTAGES
 Adelaide to Darwin Railway                   Clubs/Hotels/Motels
 · Freight access                             · 3 clubs, 2 hotels, 4 motels
 · Industrial zoning for business park        · 9 caravan parks
 · Road and rail transport hub                · Numerous smaller establishments
 · Passenger facilities                         including bed and breakfasts
 Natural Resources                            Shopping
 · Water availability for consumptive uses    · CBD retail traders
 · Mining and exploration, solar energy       · Chain stores Woolworths, Target
 · Cultural Heritage - eco tourism              Country, Rockmans
 · Productive land for agriculture,           · 1 Retail complex 4 Major Banks
   horticulture, pastoral production
 · Annual average rainfall            Jan-    Health Facilities
   Sept 2008: 887.5 ml                        · 1 hospital , 1 medical clinic
 · Average no. of days of rainfall     Jan-   · 1 Indigenous Medical Clinic
   Sept 2008: 48 days                         · Community health facilities

 Road Networks                                Restaurants/Cafes
 · National Highway access North, South,      · 15 restaurants and cafes
   East and West
 · Secondary road access to larger remote     Childcare Facilities
   communities                                · 4 childcare centres
 · Located on the Savannah Way                · Outside School Hours Care
                                              · 2 early learning centres
 Sporting Facilities                          · Regional family child care
 · 4 ovals (2 illuminated)
 · 20 sporting clubs                           Airline service
 · Gymnasium/YMCA complex                     · Daily freight service Darwin/
 · Aquatic Centre                               Katherine/Alice Springs
 · Speedway                                   · Weekly remote mail service
 · Pony club                                  · Charter service
 · Motorcross Track                           Education
 · Golf course                                · 4 public pre school/primary schools
 Arts/Recreation                              · 1 public School of the Air
 · Museum                                     · 1 public high and 1 middle school
 · Cinema                                     · 1 special needs school
                                              · Charles Darwin University Campus - 2
 Service Stations                               areas
 · 4 service stations                         · 1 Catholic College (transition to
 · 2 bulk fuel depots                           year 10)


UTILITY COSTS
Business                                           Homes - Domestic
Power         $56 Connection fee (BH).     $0. $56 Connection fee (BH). $0.1552
              1805 per kWh. Fixed daily        per kWh. Fixed daily charge of
              charge of $0.4778. Contestable $0.3060.
              customers can negotiate directly
              with PowerWater.
Water         $55 Connection fee. $0.7492          $55 Connection fee. $0.7492
              per kL. Fixed daily charge per       per kL. Fixed daily charge per
              meter size:Up to 25mm $0.3129;       meter size:Up to 25mm $0.3129;
              26-40mm, $0.8009; 41-50mm,           26-40mm, $0.8009; 41-50mm,
              $1.2488; 51-100mm $5.0453;           $1.2488; 51-100mm $5.0453;
              101-150mm $11.2617; 151-             101-150mm $11.2617; 151-
              200mm $20.0259                       200mm $20.0259
Sewerage      Fixed annual charge is based on Fixed annual charge of $356.70 is
              the number of sanitary fittings: < applied regardless of the number
              3 fittings, $356.70, 3-24 fitting, of fittings per residence.
              $242.84; 25-49 fittings, $227.79;
              50-99 fittings, $211.49; 100-149
              fittings, $196.51; more than 149
              fittings, $190.28
Source: Gazetted tariffs effective 1 July 2008 - Power and Water Corporation.

				
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