City of Palmerston is taking steps to protect the health and safety of our community during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. 

Council has announced a number of changes to its list of events and programs over the coming months in response to the Australian Government’s COVID-19 advice on holding public events and gatherings. 

March 2020

Urban Jam #1 – youth music program (20 March) has been postponed.

Harmony Day (26 March) has been cancelled.

Palmerston Kids Network (27 March) has been cancelled.

Palmerston Seniors Advisory Committee Meeting (30 March) has been cancelled.

Citizenship Ceremony (31 March) is continuing.

Activate Block 1 – health and fitness program, has been cancelled.

April 2020

Palmerston Safe Communities Meeting (2 April) has been cancelled.

Adventures in the Garden (3 April) is continuing.

Bilingual Storytime (9 April) is under review.

Library School Holiday Program (14-17 April) is continuing.

Palmy Pool Party/Urban Jam - held as part of NT Youth Week (17 April) is under review.

Drag Queen Storytime (18 April) is under review.

Harvest Corner Weekend Workshop (19 April) is continuing.

ANZAC Day – hosted by the Palmerston RSL (25 April) has been cancelled. 

FlicNics – outdoor movie program (25 April) has been cancelled.

Tales to Tails (27 April-25 May) is under review.

Citizenship Ceremony (28 April) is continuing.

Parys Meeting (28 April) has been cancelled.

How to Adult (from 29 April) has been cancelled.

May 2020

Adventures in the Garden (1 May) is continuing.

FlicNics – outdoor movie program (2, 9, 23, 30 May) has been cancelled.

Sanctuary Sessions – live music event (9 May) has been cancelled.

Brekkie in the Park – family breakfast and activities (10 May) has been cancelled. 

On Frances – laneway series (16 May) has been cancelled.  

National Families Week Art Exhibition (week starting 15 May) is under review.

Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew – outdoor performance (22 and 23 May) has been cancelled.

Palmerston Safe Communities Meeting (28 May) has been cancelled.

Creative Art Classes – weekly art program held at Durack Arts Centre has been cancelled.

National Simultaneous Storytime (27 May) is under review.

Council’s approach may change with situational requirements and this will be under the guidance of the Australian and Northern Territory governments.

Ordinary Council Meetings are continuing, along with modified Citizenship Ceremonies. Council advisory meetings and Ordinary Meeting public forums have been cancelled until further notice. 

City of Palmerston and the Palmerston Rural Market Association have made a decision to postpone the start of the Friday Markets until a later date.   

Council will close the Palmerston Recreation Centre, YMCA Palmerston Gym (located at the Palmerston Swimming and Fitness Centre), Palmerston Library Community Training Rooms and Council Community Halls from 12pm Monday 23 March 2020 in response to the Australian Government’s COVID-19 advice on public gatherings. 

Council Community Halls include the Gray Community Centre, Durack Art Centre and Driver Resource Centre. Council will contact all booking holders on the closure arrangements.  

The Palmerston Library and the Public Pool at the Palmerston Swimming and Fitness Centre remain open, with increased hygiene practices and social distancing requirements in place. Members of the public who are feeling unwell are urged not to visit these facilities.

Palmerston Library is at looking at delivering Storytime sessions virtually, but other weekly programs have been cancelled due to social distancing requirements. Council is also implementing click and collect borrowing options from this week and extending operating hours to provide flexibility for community members accessing resources, while actively monitoring the numbers of patrons at any one time. 

Council is also investigating further additional virtual and online service options for the community, and these will be detailed once implemented. 

Updates and details on affected events or services are continuing to be made here and on Council's Facebook page.