The City welcomed her first residents in November 1982, a family of 3 into Canonbury Circuit. Twenty nine years on and the city has grown to exceed a community 30 000 with a projection to reach between 36,600 and 42,000 by 2021.
For tourists we had been a drive by City, a quick detour on your way to Kakadu, Litchfield and beyond. But today we are our own identity and have our attractions to boast of.
We house the essentials, 2 shopping centres all your services such as Medicare, Power and Water, Motor Vehicles Registry, all major banks and a large, newly opened health precinct that is home to a GP Super Clinic, dentists, pathology, medical imaging, other related services and is soon to be home to Palmerston Hospital earmarked for arrival mid 2015.
But just quietly, we also have our own 18 hole Golf Course, accommodation at the newly opened Quest Apartments, a lovely secluded hide hole with BBQs, lakes, bridges, play equipment, lily's and ducks to boot, known as Marlow's Lagoon. Fancy a stroll, stop past the lakes at Durack or Sanctuary Lakes, need to escape into the cool, visit the 6 screen CMAX Cinemas in the heart of the City.
Palmerston is home to a fantastic Recreation Centre, Aquatic Centre and Library. The library hosts loads of great nooks to relax and read or join your tots into one of our great kids programs. Palmerston Library offers classes for newborns, toddlers and preschoolers which involve music and dance, art and craft. Plus a number of other great programs aimed at our broader community.
If you haven't visited our City for a while you may not have noticed that Hogsbreath Café has opened under our Quest Apartments, this compliments nearby existing eating establishments Arch Rival, KTong Thai/Chinese Restaurant, Red Lantern Chinese Restaurant, Bahn Thai Restaurant and Sim's Café to name a few, and if you don't go into Durack you wouldn't know Salt and Peppa Restaurant has opened just inside the entrance to Durack.
Friday night markets in the City Centre, held during the wonderful dry, follow on in the tradition of famous Territory style markets. Embracing the Territories cultural diversity and celebrating everything fresh and locally grown as well as showcasing homemade wares and bright arts and crafts.
The City of Palmerston hosts an annual Palmerston Festival celebrating all things family and focusing on a culture of fun, entertainment and frivolity whilst showcasing local art, talent and encouraging crowd participation. So stop by and stay a while.