Batchelor is a well-maintained town, about 100 km south of Darwin and is the entry point for visitors to Litchfield National Park. A sealed road provides access to the town, which has a small shopping area and accommodation. Batchelor has an estimated population of approximately 700 permanent residents. It is located in the Coomalie region.
The township was developed as a uranium mining centre in the 1950s. The prime activities in the town now are, Litchfield Park, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) and tourism. The Compass mine has ceased production and is now in maintenance mode only.
Services in the community include:
- Police station
- Health Centre
- Post Office / Commonwealth Bank agency
- Service station
- Recreation club
- Caravan park
- Coomalie Community Government Council
The students attending BIITE come from all communities across the Northern Territory and also small numbers form communities interstate. BIITE’s campus is alcohol free and police have advised that some students tend to gather and drink in bushland away from the campus. This practice has resulted in much anti-social and violent behaviour; as a result of this the residents were active in having the township of Batchelor declared a “dry area” in 2010.
Other service providers operating in Batchelor are TEAM Health, Coomalie Council, Centrelink, Somerville Community Services, Catholic Care and Job Find.
Mook Mook Aboriginal Corporation utilises office space from BIITE.