The Palmerston community has identified the importance of encouraging tourism and supporting local businesses, most recently by identifying a vibrant economy as one of the outcomes in Council’s Community Plan.

This Plan, which was written by our community, for our community, challenges all of us to work together to make Palmerston a destination city for employment and a place where businesses are encouraged to set up and grow.
In response, Council is partnering with the Northern Territory Government to undertake economic planning and engagement in our community.
Over the coming weeks, Council will be speaking with community members in our local shopping centres, holding a workshop, online surveys and social media to identify actions and assign responsibilities to grow our economy and create local jobs over the coming years (outlined in the table below).

Once the draft Plan is prepared, it will be available for the wider community to review for a 28 day public submission period. 

Participation and feedback 

Council sought community participation to assist with drafting the Palmerston Local Economic Plan.

Local businesses and the community were invited to attend a workshop (Thursday 4 April), complete a short online survey or stop by one of our pop-up stalls held in local shopping centres (Wednesday 3 April, Thursday 4 April, Friday 5 April).

Feedback for this consultation closed on Wednesday 10 April 2019. Council is now considering feedback provided.

Key documentation

Economic Development Plan - Data Paper


Project action Key dates
Public engagement blitz 25 March - 5 April 2019
Workshop 4 April 2019
Draft Plan presented to Council 21 May 2019
Community wide consultation (28 days) 22 May - 19 June 2019
Final report presented to Council for adoption of Plan

16 July 2019


Palmerston currently makes a significant economic contribution to the NT. It may interest you to know:

  • Palmerston has a young and growing population with a median age of 30 and over 50% of households being couples with children.
  • We contribute 7% of the NT economy, with $1.6 billion of output and a 3.8% average annual growth in output over the last ten years.
  • Economic activity is concentrated in construction, retail trade, public administration and safety, education and training and health care and social assistance.
  • As a consumer, last year 90% of Council expenditure occurred in the Top End resulting in $27.1 million being spent locally.
  • Council already applies a 20% weighting for local businesses as part of its procurement.
  • As part of the recently released Long Term Financial Plan, Council is forecasting to spend $94.1 million on renewal, upgrade and new infrastructure over the next ten years.
  • This represents an additional $54.7 million on infrastructure, above previous estimates inclusive of the projects in our recently launched Pr6jects.

Council acknowledges the support and partnership of the Northern Territory Government. Their partnership and financial contribution will help Council realise both the objectives of the Northern Territory Economic Development Framework and Council’s Community Plan. 

Project Stages

  • Open This consultation is open for contributions.
  • Under Review Council is considering feedback.
  • Closed This consultation is closed for contributions.