Elected Members

Katherine Town Council - "The Heart of Opportunity"

Elisabeth Clark (Mayor)

Elisabeth Clark (Alderman)

  (08) 8972 5500


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

Peter Gazey (Deputy Mayor)

Peter Gazey (Alderman)

 (08) 8972 2601


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 grow 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 schools in Katherine. Peter is a Registered Nurse and has been running the Binjari Health Service for over 10 years. Peter also co-facilitates childbirth, breastfeeding 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.

Jon Raynor (Alderman)

 (08) 8971 7210

 0447 844 827


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 (Alderman)

0487 928 849


Matthew’s Vision for Katherine:

To create and develop the Katherine Town to become a great place for people to meet and greet!

A little about Matthew:

Matthew came to Katherine in 2014 and fell in love with this town. He is married to a Katherine long term resident and has three young children. As a young family in Katherine, he wants his children to grow up and enjoy living in this town.

He is a man with passion and happy to chat with residents about we all can do for our community. He hopes to see many of the residents in and around Katherine.

John Zelley (Alderman)

 0417 355 957


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.

Toni Tapp-Coutts (Alderman)

 0419 839 033


Toni's vision for Katherine:

For Katherine to grow to be a modern town, that meets the needs of all its people, and 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:

Toni has been an elected member of the Katherine Town for over 14 years and has served on a broad range of boards and committees. These currently include being a board member of The Godinymayin Yjard Arts and Cultural Centre, The Local Government Rep on the Heritage Council  NT, The Katherine Region Health Advisory Committee and a founding member of the Katherine Region of Writers (KROW) over 25 years ago.


Toni’s current focus is on greening the town and banning of single-use plastics at all Council facilities. To encourage more recycling and maintaining the pristine environment and water, as well the important social, historical and cultural integrity of Katherine.


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.


Toni Tapp Coutts is the author of two bestselling memoirs. ‘A Sunburnt Childhood’ (2016) and ‘My Outback Life’ (2017) ‘’My Outback Childhood’ for young readers and co-author of ‘What a Woman’ Stories of Women from the Katherine Region 2018.


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 unit.


A little about Toni: A 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 four grandchildren.