The Council Office for the Ward is located in Pine Creek and also provides some services to the nearby Indigenous community of Kybrook Farm.
Pine Creek Council Office employs 14 staff members with 28% of their employees being Indigenous. They provide the core functions of Parks and Gardens, Waste Management and Administration; and deliver the services of Community Night Patrol, Outside School Hours Care, Sports & Recreation and Libraries.
Pine Creek is situated at the junction of the Stuart and Kakadu Highway, an easy two hour drive south of Darwin and only one hour north of Katherine.
The Pine Creek township is quite festive with many events taking place yearly including –
- Australia Day – in Pine Creek Australia Day usually consists of Award presentations, an Aussie BBQ, games for adults and kids, Aussie quiz, and entertainment
- ANZAC Day – the Dawn service is presented by a representing Catafalque party, usually from Tindal RAAF Base, followed by a Gunfire Breakfast at the Lazy Lizard Tavern
- Harmony Day – is a cultural event for all races to come together in celebration. Participants bring a plate of food to share and the celebration begins
- Goldrush Festival – an annual Pine Creek festival with Exhibitions and Artwork Prize, National Gold Panning Championships; stalls including food and craft, practice panning, damper making, night time entertainment, and Territory Day fireworks on 1 July
Pine Creek is one of the Northern Territory’s oldest towns. It is a tough, resilient community that has faced a cyclical history of boom and bust. Over the past century, Pine Creek has been a significant player in the economic life of the Top End, with housing and community service infrastructure in the town expanding in step with mining activity.
Pine Creek owes its existence to the Pine Creek Geosyncline, a giant intrusion of mineral rich ore seams. It extends northwest from Pine Creek to just south of Adelaide River. This rich orebody has been slowly eroding over the eons, depositing traces of alluvial minerals throughout the region in creeks, rivers and flood plains. It was the discovery of alluvial gold in these deposits by construction workers on the Overland Telegraph Line in 1870 that led to the development of Pine Creek.
Culture and Heritage
Pre-European settlement, the Pine Creek area was home to the Wagaman, Asgicondi, Arigoola, and Jawoyn peoples. Surveys have indicated that the largest known complex of Aboriginal quarries in the Northern Territory was established in the region. There are also a number of recorded Aboriginal sacred sites within the area. The Wagiman Guwardagen Rangers are the principal managers for this area. The language groups of this area are Myili, Jawoyn, Wagiman and English.