Mayor Fay Miller Announces her Retirement

Published on Monday, 7 September 2020 at 8:02:17 PM

Mayor Fay Miller has given notice this evening of her retirement from Katherine Town Council, effective as of 30 November 2020. 

Mayor Miller was diagnosed in March this year with an illness that is manageable, but not curable. 

As a result of that diagnosis and advice from her haemotologist, Ms Miller will be relocating nearer to medical assistance. 

“It has been such a privilege to serve the Katherine community since I was first elected as an Alderman at a by-election in 2002, elected to the Legislative Assembly as the Member for Katherine at a by-election in 2003, re-elected as Member for Katherine in 2004, retiring at the 2008 general election following a vehicle accident. 

“I was privileged to be elected as Mayor of Katherine at the 2012 elections and re-elected at the 2017 local government elections.” Stated Ms Miller. 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed representing Katherine in every aspect and have been exceptionally privileged to be re-elected to the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory Executive since 2012 and current until the AGM in November. In addition, I was appointed to the position of Chairperson of the Big Rivers Regional Reconstruction Committee at its inception 4 years ago, board member of the Ministerial Advisory Council of Senior Territorians, board member of the NT Grants Commission. I have also represented the Katherine region on many committees associated with tourism over 25 years in addition to local committees.” 

“Thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, I am currently experiencing stable health, and certainly hope to continue as long as possible on that path.” 

Mayor Miller said that her resignation does not automatically trigger a by-election due to the timeframe to the next local government elections in August 2021. Advice will be sought from the Department of Local Government in regard to the vacancy of the Mayors position. 

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