A man of many jack­ets

TV an­chor, so­cialite, busi­ness ad­vo­cate, Zerbe is...

NT News - - NT WEEKEND - ISABELLA HOOD

IF you live in Palmer­ston, chances are you know Wayne Zerbe, or have at least heard of him.

Mr Zerbe shifted up to live in the Ter­ri­tory in the 1970s and for many years he has been re­garded as the un­of­fi­cial mayor of Palmer­ston.

Many peo­ple would know of Mr Zerbe’s pas­sion for grow­ing and im­prov­ing the city of Palmer­ston and it is no sur­prise that the lo­cal man was the founder of the Palmer­ston Re­gional Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion.

“I started the as­so­ci­a­tion in 1998 and have been the pres­i­dent of it ever since — we cur­rently have around 500 mem­bers which is fan­tas­tic,” he said.

As well as be­ing one of Palmer­ston’s big­gest movers and shak­ers, Mr Zerbe spends much of his time in front of and be­hind cam­eras.

Every week for the past 17 years, the Driver res­i­dent has been film­ing episodes of Around Palmer­ston, a South­ern Cross tele­vi­sion show which puts the Palmer­ston com­mu­nity in the spot­light. “We do all sorts of stuff with

Around Palmer­ston, but we try and fo­cus on com­mu­nity events,” Mr Zerbe ex­plained.

In light of the lo­cal Nine News broad­cast re­cently be­ing cut in the Top End, Mr Zerbe felt it was im­por­tant now more than ever that Ter­ri­to­ri­ans con­tin­ued to have lo­cal con­tent on their tele­vi­sion screens.

“It’s so vi­tal that we have lo­cal tele­vi­sion con­tent as we are a long way from any other place in the coun­try — lo­cals need to see what’s hap­pen­ing in our com­mu­nity,” he said. When Mr Zerbe isn’t pre­sent­ing to the cam­era, one of his favourite hob­bies is get­ting be­hind the lens cap­tur­ing the in­cred­i­ble land­scapes across Aus­tralia.

“I’ve been a pho­tog­ra­pher for 47 years which is how I started my own pub­lish­ing whole­sale com­pany,” he said.

“Over the years I’ve pro­duced around 30 pic­to­rial books on the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, Western Aus­tralia and Nor­folk ls­land as well as post­cards and all sorts of other pic­to­rial stuff, which has been very en­joy­able.” When he’s not work­ing, Mr Zerbe can be found spend­ing time with his fam­ily, rid­ing his bike around the streets of Palmer­ston or at­tend­ing to his gar­den. ↘ The NT News Ev­ery­day Ter­ri­to­rian se­ries shares the sto­ries of peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds who call the Top End home. The catch is, the per­son who is fea­tured chooses the next Ter­ri­to­rian. Check out next Satur­day’s NT News to see who Wayne Zerbe picked.

Un­of­fi­cial mayor of Palmer­ston Wayne Zerbe. In­set: As man­ager of the Of­fice of the Chief Min­is­ter in Palmer­ston in 2008. Be­low, with singer Jes­sica Mauboy

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