Written by on 03/04/2023


Source Top End Tourism

Today we learned the sad news of the passing of Fay Miller AM, a wonderful lady who had inspired so many across the tourism industry of Katherine and the Top End.

Never one to back away from what had to be done in the interests of Katherine, especially tourism, Fay was passionate about the region working together to constantly improve its place in the Northern Territory. A key advocate also for the Savannah Way, Fay was focused on ensuring the success of Katherine and the Big Rivers as an integral part of Northern Australia’s tourism industry.

In 2021, Fay Miller was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to local government, tourism and the community of Katherine. A month later, Fay was recognised as a Life Member of Tourism Top End for her invaluable contribution to Katherine’s and the Top End’s tourism industry. She was also recognised on the Honour Roll of The Savannah Way.

Mayor of Katherine Town Council from 2012 to 2020, Fay was also an executive member of the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory and president and executive member of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association. Fay also represented Katherine in politics on the Territory stage as the Member for Katherine in the Northern Territory Legislation Assembly from 2003 to 2008.

As a caravan park and general store operator in her early years in Katherine, she was heavily involved in NT tourism over the years, with some of her many roles including Katherine Region Tourist Association chairwoman and Commissioner on Tourism NT’s Board.

In the 2021 NT Brolga Tourism Awards, Fay was awarded the Tourism Minister’s Perpetual Trophy recognising her incredible contribution to tourism.

As she was affectionately known, ‘Aunty Fay’ will always be remembered as a passionate and personable lady whose legacy will continue to inspire many in our tourism industry. Her contribution will forever be at the heart of our motivation to ensure that the future of Katherine’s tourism industry reaches its full potential.

Aunty Fay appeared on Territory 104one many times over the last decade or so.

Vale Fay Miller AM

Territory FM

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