North Queensland Register, September 3 2015.

A KATHERINE forum has been told that more than 95 per cent of the country’s population needs to rethink how it views its northern cousins if the public drive to develop above the Tropic of Capricorn is to fulfil its potential.

Speaking at a forum to outline where Katherine fit into the plan to develop northern Australia on August 31, Northern Australia Development Office general manager Luke Bowen said he believed the majority of Australians did not fully understand what the northern section of the country – including the Northern Territory – had to offer.

More than 50 Katherine locals listened as Mr Bowen explained that only one million Australians – less than five per cent of the entire population – lived in the section of the country currently being targeted for major growth.

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