Darwin is arguably Australia’s most cosmopolitan city, boasting a population made up of people from more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds. The city’s multicultural mix is particularly highlighted by its many exciting ethnic cultural festivals and weekly food and craft markets.

Darwin’s traditional owners, the Larrakia people, are prominent and active members of the community, and many still adhere closely to their traditional beliefs and customs.

Government employees make up around 60 per cent of the Darwin workforce.

Darwin has evolved from its days as an incredibly laid back frontier town and while it still retains its relaxed charm, it has become a highly sophisticated city. Many visitors are surprised to find that it has accommodation, eateries, clubs, pubs, museums and other amenities that are at least equal to, and often better than, what you’ll find in the southern cities.

In business and industry circles, Darwin is described as Australia’s gateway with South East Asia. It’s closer to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta than it is to Canberra, and is about the same flying time from Singapore and Manila as it is from Sydney and Melbourne.

Darwin is the main service centre for a wide range of industries headed by mining, offshore oil and gas production, pastoralism, tourism and tropical horticulture. The Port of Darwin is also the main outlet for Australia’s live cattle export trade into South East Asia.

Lord Mayor Profile

Lord Mayor – Katrina Fong Lim


KFongLIm Oct15Katrina was born in 1961 in Darwin; the fourth daughter of respected local couple Alec and Norma Fong Lim. Alec was a business man who eventually became a very popular Lord Mayor in the 1980s.


Katrina completed primary and secondary education in Darwin, matriculating from Darwin High School in 1979. She was an AFS Exchange Student to the USA for the 78/79 school year.

Katrina had worked for 13 years with the Commonwealth Public Service undertaking a variety of jobs for a range of Departments. She left the Public Service to work in the not for profit sector. Katrina has worked in this sector for 20 years including at the YWCA, Crafts Council, NT Centenary of Federation and the Australia Day Council NT.

Katrina completed both a Bachelor of Business with a double major in Marketing and Human Resource Management and Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Southern Queensland by external studies.

She has also operated a small business initially delivering Financial Management Training to builders through the Master Builders Association NT.