The City of Palmerston is located 20 kilometres south of Darwin in the Northern Territory and encompasses 10 established residential suburbs, with an additional four suburbs currently under development. Dubbed one of the country’s fastest growing cities, Palmerston currently boasts a 28,000 strong population, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics predicting a surge to 42,000 residents by 2021.
On 11 September 2013, the City of Palmerston proudly became the first Council in the Northern Territory to sign up as an official Refugee Council of Australia Refugee Welcome Zone, solidifying the region’s motto – A Place for People. At the time of signing the declaration, the city’s Mayor Ian Abbott said Council was proud to recognise the important part refugees play in the Palmerston community. “As part of the 2013 Palmerston festival we held a successful global fair as a wonderful celebration of our city’s cultural diversity, and signing the Refugee Welcome Zone declaration is an extension of our commitment to promoting cultural harmony and diversity in the community,” Mayor Abbott said.
As part of the recent festival, Council also hosted a group of Gyuto Monks for a week long period. The Buddhist Monks are originally refugees who fled from Tibet, and now reside in a monastery located just outside of Dharamsala in India.
The City of Palmerston has previously been a proud supporter of local cultural societies and organisations, awarding a number of financial assistance grants through the City’s Community Benefit Scheme.