NT election 2020 candidates – Jo Hersey

by | Jun 16, 2020 | Uncategorised | 0 comments

The NT Independent is providing you with a light-hearted look at the candidates for the August 22 NT general election. We’re not looking at policy or platforms at this time, but rather at the person behind them.

Our Q&A should help you get to know the humans of NT politics.

Today’s profile is CLP candidate for Katherine, Jo Hersey.

Jo was born in North Adelaide in 1967 to a father that was a school teacher and a mother that was a hairdresser. There are three generations of hairdressers in her family. Jo has two sisters and a younger brother.

Jo’s family shifted around a lot with her dad teaching. Jo did most of her schooling at Loxton Primary and Loxton High School in the Riverland in SA. Jo’s family moved to Darwin when she was very young and she went to Rapid Creek Primary before her parents returned to SA to be closer to family. She remembered her years in Darwin as a small child with fondness and always wanted to return one day.

Fast forward to 1987, when she met her now husband in Adelaide and three years later came to live in Katherine. She started off at Katherine Hairdressing, went onto work at B&D Distributors for Barry Lane, travelled overseas for six months and then returned to purchase a salon in town where she still works today. She has been here for 30 years and has raised three children here. She and her family love it here as it is a very easy going life. 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and who did it come from?

Do unto others as you would want done to you. Work smarter not harder – told by various people over my life so far.

Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself.

I’m a clean freak!

How would your best mate describe you in twenty words or less?

Determined, when I set my mind on something I’ll achieve it. Goal driven. Committed to my work as a hairdresser and has a very successful business. Definitely say it how it is, for better or worse sometimes.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring one movie, one album and one book, what would they be?

Movie – The Secret with Bob Proctor directed by Drew Heriot.  Book – Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill.  Album Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms.

If you could have dinner with any person in history, who would it be and why?

Jamie Durie, saw him in Manpower (showing my age).

A couple of really quick questions. You can give one-word answers if you wish.

Tea or coffee?


Folder or scruncher?



North Melbourne in AFL, although I generally only watch the grand final. Queensland in State of Origin. Don’t generally watch sport, I’d rather play it.

Wet season or dry season?

Wet season.

Coles or Woollies?

Coles as we don’t have one.

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