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

CDP activities help two young mothers gain employment

In a small and remote community with limited opportunities, two young Indigenous mothers gained skills, experience and confidence that enabled them to secure employment.

Kybrook Community open for activities

After COVID-19 restrictions forced closures, the Kybrook Community is open for activities again and the residents couldn’t be happier.

Kybrook Men’s activity getting their hands dirty

Over the past few months, the Kybrook Men’s Activity have been working with the EON Foundation and its employees to construct a community garden to supply the community with fresh veggies.
Up until the COVID-19 closure the team have installed reticulation and garden beds and planted pumpkins and chilli plants.

Construction has also begun on extending the garden shed into a green-house to raise the seedlings for further planting.
It was very hard ground but the team all pitched in to get the task done.

Plans are also in place to construct a fence around the gardens when the activities open back up again and we cannot wait to dig in when the restrictions are lifted.

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…