Phone: 0424 652 640
Qualified as an electrician, Mayor Paterson has an extensive history of working in various communities in Central Australia. This has given him an intimate knowledge of the community.
Mayor Paterson is a passionate sportsperson and local sporting leader. He has served as a Cricket Australia Community Ambassador, committee member of the Alice Springs Turf Club and a long-time president of a local cricket club. Outside of sport, he is also heavily involved in many community events and will often be spotted speaking with members of the community.
Mayor Paterson is passionate about providing opportunities for the town’s young people to grow and prosper, as well as connecting meaningfully with the senior community of Alice Springs.
Deputy Mayor Eli Melky
Phone: 0427 012 699
Deputy Mayor Eli Melky has always put the community of Alice Springs first, as evidenced by his long serving commitment to Council.
DM Melky has served as part of the 11th, 12th, 13th and now 14th Alice Springs Town Councils, having spent more than 10 years in the Chamber fighting for a better Alice Springs.
Taking a proactive approach, DM Melky is passionate about addressing law and order concerns in the Red Centre. As well as wanting a safe and tidy town, he supports business and tourism growth initiatives and many other sporting and special events in our town.
His years of experience as a Councillor, coupled with a wealth of knowledge of the Alice Springs business community, gives DM Melky a unique perspective and he maintains the hunger to continue advocating for Alice Springs.
Councillor Marli Banks
Phone: 0417 681 111
Having called Alice Springs home since 2001, Councillor Marli Banks believes in making Alice Springs more safe, diverse, and prosperous, through collaboration and public engagement.
With 8 years of experience in retail, Councillor Banks is the Managing Director of Afghan Traders Wholefoods. A self-made entrepreneur, she holds skills and experience in finance, marketing, operations management, and business planning.
Active in a cross-section of community life, Councillor Banks is a member of the Regional Economic Development Committee, a Governing Board member, and a Finance Subcommittee member for a local school.
A mother of two, Councillor Banks spends all her spare time with her children. She has a love of arts, culture, food and travel, and enjoys the outdoors.
Councillor Allison Bitar
Phone: 0491 055 224
A self-made entrepreneur, Councillor Allison Bitar has been a fantastic role model for young Centralians since moving to the region in 2002.
Along with her husband, Councillor Bitar is a proud local business owner and will bring a strong business mind to the Council Chamber.
Councillor Bitar also has valuable experience working in cultural heritage management, policy design and town planning, as well as a Batchelor of Social Science (Hons Anthropology) and a Graduate Diploma of Urban and Regional Town Planning. Councillor Bitar has been a member of the NT Heritage Council. This will assist her in bringing a nuanced approach to a range of issues to the 14th Alice Springs Town Council.
Councillor Bitar is a strong believer in working together with people from all walks of life for the good of the community and will work hard to make Alice Springs a place people want to move to and stay.
Councillor Steve Brown
Phone: 0427 792 194
Born and bred in Alice Springs, Councillor Steve Brown is truly invested in seeing his home town prosper.
A Councillor on the 12th Alice Springs Town Council, Councillor Brown has again thrown his hat in the ring to serve his community.
Councillor Brown is an electrician by trade and has valuable experience both on the tools and working with all levels of government. He is passionate about law and order in Alice Springs and will bring his experience and nous to the 14th Alice Springs Town Council.
Councillor Jimmy Cocking
Phone: 0423 511 931
Councillor Cocking has been a resident of Alice Springs since 2008 and is a strong advocate on environmental and social matters, particularly in his previous capacity as the Chief Executive Officer of the Arid Lands Environment Centre.
He has a strong background in science and public policy, having completed a Bachelor Science (Biomedical) at Monash University and Masters in Social Science (International Urban and Environmental Management) at RMIT University with a keen focus on regional planning and sustainable development.
He is a founding co-Director of Wide Open Space Festival and has served as a Board member on a wide range of organisations and community groups. He regularly volunteers to support local events and causes.
Outside of professional life, Councillor Cocking enjoys family time, gardening, bush walking, reading, and keeping up on local and global affairs.
Councillor Mark Coffey
Phone: 0401 116 166
Having spent considerable time across a variety of industries in the Red Centre, Councillor Coffey brings a wealth of experience to the Chamber.
Councillor Coffey spent 22 years as part of the Northern Territory Police Force and a further 12 years as a Senior Executive in the Australian Government. Never one to put himself first, Councillor Coffey has also volunteered his time to a range of community organisations in Alice Springs.
Councillor Coffey has lent his expertise as a board member of CASA Services, Parole Board, St John Ambulance NT, Health and Community Services Complaints Review Committee, and is the Chair of the Connellan Airways Trust.
When he has an occasional spare minute. Councillor Coffey enjoys his sport, camping and loves a good bush walk.
Councillor Kim Hopper
Phone: 0423 397 235
Councillor Hopper has been an active member of Alice Springs for 12 years. She has a background in youth work, crisis accommodation and project management.
Having been on Boards at a state and National level and now running a small business, Cr Hopper brings knowledge of governance, management and community development to her role at Council.
Cr Hopper has been a strong supporter of our local performing arts and through her business supports local not-for-profits such as ALEC, Watch This Space, and the Community Garden.
Cr Hopper and her partner are now bringing up their young family here and are committed to making Alice Springs a thriving community into the future.
Councillor Michael Liddle
Phone: 0456 529 769
Spending his whole life in Alice Springs, there are few people more in tune with the Alice Springs community than Councillor Michael Liddle.
Born and raised in Central Australia, Councillor Liddle becomes part of the 14th Alice Springs Town Council with a wealth of knowledge across various sectors.
A strong advocate for mental health and wellbeing, in particular in Indigenous men, Councillor Liddle has spent the past eight years working for Desert Knowledge Australia in various roles.
His dedication to building strong communities in Central Australia led him to nominating for Council and will work hard for the betterment of Alice Springs.
Regulation 11 (3)
Council is required under Regulation 11 (3) of the Local Government (Administration) Regulations to keep a register of the results of all elections and polls. In compliance with this requirement, recent election results documents can be found here.
For further information please follow the link to the Northern Territory Electoral Commission website, here.