GUEST BLOG: Darwin – My Home by Maisie Austin OAM


Maisie Austin OAM has been awarded The Order of Australia Medal, the Australian Sports Medal and inducted into the Northern Territory Sports Hall of Fame. I am honoured she has agreed to be my guest posters this week and shares her memories of Darwin and the uniqueness of what makes this place she calls home … Continue reading GUEST BLOG: Darwin – My Home by Maisie Austin OAM


GUEST BLOG: Being in Darwin – David (Daisy) Taylor

David Taylor is an amazing man with a great community spirit. So much so that he was named the NT winner of the 2016 Australia's Local Hero Award. I am delighted that he has agreed to be a guest on my blog and share his experiences on being in Darwin. Katrina My story is quite … Continue reading GUEST BLOG: Being in Darwin – David (Daisy) Taylor

GUEST BLOG: Evolving for Darwin – Amy Hetherington

As Lord Mayor, I get to meet so many people from all walks of life. I recently had the idea of using my blog to spotlight some of the wonderful individuals within our Darwin community.  I hope you’ll enjoy this new feature of my blog. Amy Hetherington is a comedian, business owner, arts worker and … Continue reading GUEST BLOG: Evolving for Darwin – Amy Hetherington

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

I’m what is often referred to as an ABC – Australian Born Chinese. My family has been in Australia for five generations. English is my mother tongue and I’m an Aussie through and through, but first and foremost I’m a Darwin girl. Or as a recent play by the talented Sandra Thibodeaux coined it… I’m … Continue reading Celebrating Chinese New Year


Australia Day

Australia Day is an event close to my heart. Before being elected as Lord Mayor, I was the Executive Director for the Australia Day Council NT (ADCNT) for 16 years, commencing my term in 1996 when the amazing Dr John Yu was Australian of the Year and ceasing in 2012 as Territorian Laurie Baymarrwangga was … Continue reading AUSTRALIA DAY

Diversity in Darwin

Darwin is a tropical melting pot, in more ways than one. There’s the sun and the humidity which can make anyone feel like they’re melting, and then there’s the culture. This small city is jam packed with almost every type of culture under the sun. Whilst we haven’t officially got a Chinatown we have a … Continue reading Diversity in Darwin