Mataranka

About Mataranka

Outstations
Mulgan Camp

Population
244 People reside in Mataranka, including 91 residing in Mulgan Camp. The median age of Mataranka is 40 years of age while Mulgan Camp’s is of 29 years old.

Languages
The people of Mataranka speak Alawa, Maiyali, Kriol and English.

Contact
Mataranka Region Council Service Manager (CSM)

Phone: (08) 8975 4576

Access
By road, the trip to Mataranka takes approximately one hour from Katherine on an all weather road. The double lane Stuart Highway is sealed entirely. Mataranka may also be accessed by chartered light aircraft.

Mataranka Services

Roper Gulf Regional Council provides a range of Local Government services in Mataranka including road maintenance and repair, airstrip maintenance and repair, traffic management, rubbish collection, upkeep of parks, gardens and weed maintenance, community safety through Night Patrol, companion animal welfare and control, assets and fleet management, sport and recreation, governance support as well as providing access to Centrelink on behalf of other government agencies. Roper Gulf Regional Council also operates the Community Development Program ( CDP) in the community of Mataranka.

Also located in Mataranka are a Health Clinic, Rural Transaction Centre, School, Shops, Supermarket, motels, caravan parks, Airstrip, Hotel, Fuel and Police Station.

There is currently one public telephone in Mataranka and also Telstra 3G Telephone and Internet coverage. Radio coverage is also available.

Local Government and Local Authority Meetings (Governance)
The Roper Gulf Regional Council provides local government in Mataranka, which sits in the Never Never Ward. The Council’s Headquarters is located in Katherine NT, with a Service Delivery Centre located in Mataranka.

An integral part of the community consultation process in the town of Mataranka occurs through Mataranka Regional Local Authority Meetings. The Regional Local Authority is made up of the Elected Member/s whom sit on Council for the Never Never Ward and nominated representatives from the Mataranka, Larrimah, Daly Waters and surrounding areas. All other stakeholders in Mataranka are also invited to attend the Local Authority Meetings. The resolutions made at these meetings form the basis of all planning made by Roper Gulf Regional Council.

For more information on the Mataranka Local Authority Meeting, its minutes and agendas, please click here.

Events and Recreation
Mataranka is a ‘must-see’ Northern Territory destination for domestic and international travellers alike. Boasting the Mataranka Thermal Pools, Bitter Springs, historic cemetery and buildings as well as an abundance of fishing and camping locations, Mataranka offers the true tropical, outback experience.

The annual rodeo and fishing competition, both held in early August draw a great crowd of locals and tourists with attendance growing with every year.