Published Day: Wednesday
Circulation (Paid): 2774
Cover Price: $1.20 GST Inc.
Address: 4/22 Katherine Tce, Katherine
Postal Address: Box 42, Katherine, NT 0851
Phone Number: (08) 8972 1111
Fax Number: (08) 8971 0120
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The "Katherine Times" covers the major towns in the Northern Territory, including Katherine, Darwin, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and surrounding areas. Also distributed to smaller townships, communities and cattle stations in the greater Katherine area.
THE FIRST ISSUE of the Katherine Times was 16 pages and 5000 copies were circulated free-of-charge throughout the Northern Territory Outback town of Katherine on June 16, 1983.
The operation consisted of four staff, a cutting board and typesetter as the tools of trade. From those small beginnings, the Katherine Times has developed into a 32-page publication occasionally increasing to 40 pages during the busy time – the Dry season in the middle of the year.
Today, 4000 copies of the Katherine Times are printed weekly at the NT News in Darwin and make their way across the Territory from the regional hub of Alice Springs in the south to Darwin in the Top End, Timber Creek, Pine Creek, Tennant Creek and Kununurra in Western Australia and stops in between. On the masthead it says that it is “available throughout most other centres in our great Northern Territory.”
The Katherine Times was the brainchild of Vince Fardone who felt there was a need to give Katherine and surrounding districts a newspaper which would present local news and views in a matter which would both inform and entertain.
“A large factor in the decision was the support and expression of confidence from people in the town and immediate district,” Mr Fardone said.
The Katherine Times was started in a partnership of Vince Fardone and John McDonald and the office was located in the centre of Katherine Terrace, opposite the now 5 Star Supermarket.
They moved to the current location at Shop 3, South Gate Shopping, Katherine Terrace, in 1987.
Vince Fardone and his wife, Jill, were the sole owners of the paper for 23 years when they sold the paper to Fairfax Media on October 21, 2008.
The staff employed by Mr Fardone have been kept on under Fairfax Media, with Duana Job as manager and James Howe as journalist. Two new staff were employed – Sheena Drennan in advertising and Michelle Carpenter as receptionist. The paper also has a new editor, Mark Wilton.
The Katherine Times focuses on many local issues including policing, all levels of government from local council to federal, rural matters, community events and much more. The Katherine Times also has many contributors to the paper with a strong following in the sport section.
The town of Katherine, nestled on the banks of the Katherine River which turns into a raging torrent in the Wet season, is a major centre for the cattle industry and it is also one of the Territory’s key tourism areas, featuring Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls which form part of the vast Nitmiluk National Park. The gorge area of the park attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year during the Dry season.
The biggest event to ever hit the Katherine Times was the 1998 flood which happened on Australia Day. More than two metres of water went through the office of the Katherine Times, destroying the computers, papers, records, photos, negatives – you name it, it was lost. There were even reports of huge crocodiles swimming in the main street.
Katherine Times won best newspaper in its circulation category in the Country Press SA Inc. awards in 1991, 1996 and 1998. In 2000, it won best editorial feature/campaign.