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Election Results – Hospitality NT

Hospitality NT’s Board elections are run through the Australian Electoral Commission, with Board Members elected for two-year terms.
Following the Election and the first Board Meeting a further two Board Members were nominated to fill the casual vacancies left following the election.

The Hospitality NT Board incorporates representatives from five sectors of the industry, being; Accommodation Hotel Sector, Hotel / Tavern Sector, Wayside Inn Sector, Club Sector and Restaurant, Cafes, Breweries, Distillery and Small Bar Sector. All positions on the Board are now full.
On behalf of the industry we would like to acknowledge the contribution of outgoing Board Members, Jon Jenkins and Ian McCormack, both of whom provided sound advice and leadership to the Association for many years.

In order for the wider Membership to get to know the new Board Members, Hospitality NT sought to find out more information on each of them.

Cassandra Harney – Katherine Hotel

Q: What is your hospitality background?

I poured my first beer at the age of 12 in the bar of the Muckadilla Pub in QLD which my grandmother owned at the time. I was in venue management by the age of 19 in QLD and have always had a passion for hospitality and providing an entertaining and safe environment for my patrons. My husband and I were contracted in 2013 to the Katherine Hotel for three years and we never left. We love the NT, the laid-back nature, and the characters we come across daily.

Q. What is your current position?

Dual Nominee and General Operations Manager

Q. What do you like best about the Territory’s hospitality industry

I like the close-knit feeling of the industry in the NT. It was a refreshing change from the industry in QLD. Especially in Katherine, although we are all in competition at the end of the day, we all lend a hand when needed and have a great level of communication with each other.

Q. What are you looking to contribute to the Board of Hospitality NT?

A voice for the rural areas. With the constant government interventions on our business in remote areas I have always fought hard for my own business in terms of consistency in PALI operations and Licensing compliance and I’m happy to represent our area for all venues that go through the same struggles.

Chris Chaffe – Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel and Cooinda Lodge Kakadu

Q. What is your hospitality background?

Studied Hotel management at Highlands College in Jersey, Channel Islands. Worked on cruise ships for many years, then management positions in hotels located in FNQ.

Q. What is your current position?

Group General Manager Kakadu Tourism.

Q. What do you like best about the Territory’s hospitality industry?

Culturally rich and widely diverse industry with so much to see and do.

Q. What are you looking to contribute to the Board of Hospitality NT?

Many years of experience within the tourism industry and a good understanding of its challenges and weaknesses within the NT region. I will hopefully assist Hospitality NT navigate obstacles that its Members are facing and foster long term relationships with its stakeholders.
Being located in Kakadu where there is significant investment being proposed by both the Federal and NT Government, I can provide on the ground advice back into Hospitality NT.

Jason Wolfe – The Airport Tavern

Q. What is your hospitality background?

I started in Hospitality about 35 years ago, washing dishes, in a local restaurant. Long term Darwin residents may remember the Pancake Palace on Cavanagh Street. Hospitality has been my industry of choice ever since.

Q. What is your current position?

I’m the Venue Manager of the Airport Tavern for Australia’s largest pub group, Australian Leisure & Hospitality Group (ALH Group).

Q. What do you like best about the Territory’s hospitality industry?

Its energy. The hospitality industry in the NT has always been exciting and it’s always evolving. There is a real passion for the industry that you don’t see in other regions that I have worked in.

Q. What are you looking to contribute to the Board of Hospitality NT?

I’m really looking forward to working with members of Hospitality NT and other key stakeholders to continue to deliver a great experience for our guests and for our people.

Hospitality NT Board


President: Paul Palmer – Darwin Division – Hotels
Senior Vice President: Mick Burns – Darwin Division – Accommodation
Vice President: Frank Dalton – Regional Towns Division – Clubs
Treasurer: Penny Phillips -General Hotel Representative
Secretary: Jason Hanna – Restaurant & Cafes, Small Bars & Craft Breweries Division


Darwin Division

Justin Coleman – Hotel Representative
Doug Sallis – Hotel Representative
Russell Reid – Club Representative
Matt Hewer -Club Representative
Todd Grierson – Accommodation Representative

Alice Springs & Ayers Rock Division

Ray Loechel – Hotel Representative
Deryck Goodman – Club Representative
Craig Jervis – Accommodation Representative

Regional Towns (Katherine, Tennant Creek, Jabiru & Gove) Division

Hotel Representative – Cassandra Harney
Accommodation Representative – Chris Chaffe

Wayside Inn Division

Amy Driver – Tilmouth Well Roadhouse
Fiona McDonald – Timber Creek

Restaurants & Cafes, Small Bars & Craft Breweries Division

David Robinson – Snapper Rocks
Kyle Pearson – Alice Springs Brewing Co.

General Hotel Division

Matt Hutcheon – Monsoons
Jason Wolfe – The Airport Tavern

Craig Jervis Representative to the National Accommodation Division
Paul Palmer Delegate to the National Board

Sarah Andrews