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

Council is doing this under the advice of the Northern Territory and Australian Governments and is taking all necessary measures to ensure our facilities are safe. 

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

Facility closures 

The closure of Council facilities include:

  • Civic Plaza building (from Thursday 26 March)
  • Palmerston Library (from Thursday 26 March)
  • Palmerston Swimming and Fitness Centre (from Thursday 26 March)
  • Palmerston Recreation Centre
  • YMCA Palmerston Gym
  • Palmerston Library Community Training Rooms
  • Council Community Halls (Gray Community Centre, Durack Art Centre and Driver Resource Centre). Council will contact all booking holders on the closure arrangements. 

Residents can contact Council by:
Phone: (08) 8935 9922 
Online payments can be made online here

Events and programs

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.

All events and programs have been cancelled until further notice. keep an eye on our social media channels for more online programs and events to come.

The Palmerston and Rural Markets have been postponed. 

Palmerston Library 

While the Palmerston Library is currently closed until further notice, Council has implemented the following to support the community. 

Storytime sessions will be presented online on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00am at City of Palmerston Library's Facebook page. Additional virtual and online service options for the community are being investigated, these will be detailed once implemented. 

Click and collect borrowing options, where members can select books for collection, along with access to mobile printing collection, is available Monday to Friday from 9.00am-4.30pm.

Support for business and local economy 

City of Palmerston is supporting residents, businesses and visitors during this time of uncertainty.

  • The Liveable Cities grant scheme encourages commercial property and business owners to undertake upgrades and renovations to shopfronts through dollar for dollar funding, up to the value of the property or business owner’s annual rates. Find out more by contacting Council on email at 
  • Council has extended free timed parking to include free all-day parking in the city area until 30 June 2020. A pro-rata refund of Zone E car parking permits is available from 24 March to 30 June 2020. Please complete the application form and return to 

Other services


Ordinary Council Meetings will continue using virtual online meeting software. Meeting details and how people can view the meetings will be advertised once finalised. Citizenship Ceremonies, Council advisory committee meetings and Ordinary Meeting public forums have been suspended until further notice. 

Waste services

Kerbside waste collection services will continue. The Archer Waste Management Facility is continuing to operate with social distancing measures to be maintained and enforced.

Council pound

Council pound is continuing to operate with social distancing measures to be maintained and enforced.
Owners should ensure they pay their registration costs and any other charges over the phone to Council on (08) 8935 9922 prior to arriving at the pound.

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

For information and updates on COVID-19 visit

Media releases

17 March 2020: City of Palmerston response to COVID-19

20 March 2020: COVID-19 Update - events and programs

23 March 2020: COVID-19 Update - facility closures 

24 March 2020: COVID-19 Update - supporting residents, businesses and visitors

25 March 2020: COVID-19 Update - facility closures