The Township of Katherine is situated along the banks of the mighty Katherine River. Located 320km from Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, Katherine has a small population of 11, 118, making it the 4th largest city in the Northern Territory.

Prior to the construction of the Overlander Telephone Line in 1872 when Katherine township was formed, Katherine’s country was owned by the Dagoman people, Jawoyn people  and Wardaman people. The Telephone Line brought to Katherine many jobs that allowed the town to develop. These days major employers are the tourism, RAAF Base Tindal, education providers, health providers, none for profit and for profit organisation. In the dry season many flock to the attractions around Katherine, from trekking through one of the National Parks or going for a swim in the Katherine Hot Springs there’s is loads to do in a relaxed atmosphere for both locals and visitors alike.

Over the past five years RISE Ventures has run programs within the Katherine township, Pine Creek and Kybrook Farm Community. During this time engaging activities that assist participants to obtain hands on experience has been rolled out seeing many participants obtain employment. Some of our feature activities in Katherine are Katherine Community Pride, Art and Craft and Food Ladder. In Pine Creek and Kybrook Farm, participants take part in a range of daily activities from ground maintenance, construction and daily living activities such as cooking.

Working alongside other Community Development Program providers, RISE Ventures is striving to place suitable candidates out at the RAAF Base Tindal, these opportunities range from general labouring, concreating, civil construction, cleaning and hospitality. The development of the Base is being rolled out in stages and it is believed that the projects will run for the next five years providing ongoing opportunity for suitable candidates.

Key Stakeholders

  • Kalano Community Corporation
  • Food Ladder
  • Katherine Town Council
  • Motoscouts
  • Youth Workx
  • Northern Territory Police Youth Diversion
  • YMCA
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Department of Education
  • Territory Families

Katherine Posts

RISE Ventures Celebrates CDP Success

RISE Ventures is extremely proud of the work we are doing through the Community Development Programme. Partnering with local people, community and employers we are gaining real momentum and improving the lives of people who find work and build their careers. This is not an easy contract and we must engage with local communities to…

Jobseeker of the week: Dylan Sheen

Dylan is a young 21 year old man living with Cerebral Palsy who has just obtained employment with Corrobboree Hostel in Katherine as a night watchman. Since a young teen Dylan has faced challenges with substance abuse that have hindered him obtaining and maintaining employment. Dylan said that his biggest barrier was his own mind…

Community Advisory Board Katherine

Fantastic to attend our second Community Advisory Board meeting in Katherine today. Some really good planning and advice given regarding our Youth Engagement Project. Also, welcome aboard Jaydin from YMCA Katherine. We’re really looking forward to working together to engage young people. #cdpsuccess

Rise Ventures Upgrading The Hot Springs with Katherine Town Council

By Rise Team The Katherine Hot Springs has been an ongoing project for the Katherine Town Council and RISE Ventures (this project recommenced on 2 May 2017 due to held up of wet season) The first stage involved the terracing on the main entrance bank to the Hot Springs and the installation of the gabion…