Twelfth Council 2012 – 2017

Fol­low­ing Gen­er­al Coun­cil Elec­tions in March, the 12th Alice Springs Town Coun­cil was sworn in at an offi­cial cer­e­mo­ny in the Coun­cil Cham­ber on Mon­day 16 April 2012, with the Min­is­ter for Local Gov­ern­ment, the Hon. Malarndirri McCarthy, MLA officiating.

With the incom­ing Coun­cil, new titles for Elect­ed Mem­bers were intro­duced, chang­ing from Alder­men to Councillor.

Elect­ed Members

  • May­or Damien Ryan
  • Coun­cil­lor Geof­frey Booth
  • Coun­cil­lor Steve Brown
  • Coun­cil­lor Dave Douglas
  • Coun­cil­lor Bren­dan Heenan
  • Coun­cil­lor Jade Kudrenko
  • Coun­cil­lor Liz Martin
  • Coun­cil­lor Eli Melky
  • Coun­cil­lor Chansey Paech

Changes with­in Council

  • Coun­cil­lor Bren­dan Heenan elect­ed Deputy May­or, April 2012
  • Coun­cil­lor Geof­frey Booth resigned from Alice Springs Town Coun­cil, Sep­tem­ber 2013
  • Coun­cil­lor Kylie Bonan­ni elect­ed Deputy May­or, March 2014
  • Coun­cil­lor Kylie Bonan­ni resigned from Alice Springs Town Coun­cil, July 2015
  • Coun­cil­lor Steve Brown elect­ed Deputy May­or, July 2015
  • Coun­cil­lor Liz Mar­tin resigned from Alice Springs Town Coun­cil, Sep­tem­ber 2015
  • Coun­cil­lor Jamie de Bren­ni elect­ed to Coun­cil after a by-elec­tion, Octo­ber 2015
  • Coun­cil­lor Jac­in­ta Price elect­ed to Coun­cil after a by-elec­tion, Octo­ber 2015
  • Coun­cil­lor Chansey Paech resigned from Alice Springs Town Coun­cil, August 2016
  • Coun­cil­lor Jamie de Bren­ni elect­ed Deputy May­or, March 2016 and re-elect­ed in 2017

Achieve­ments – 2012 – 13

  • Stage 1 of the CBD Revi­tal­i­sa­tion Project com­menced with works in the Todd Mall (north­ern end) to install brick seat­ing and moth’ shade structures
  • In part­ner­ship with Tourism NT, free Wi-Fi was launched in the Todd Mall
  • Alice Solar City project con­clud­ed in June 2013, hav­ing firm­ly estab­lished Alice Springs as a nation­al­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly recog­nised Solar City
  • The Alice Water Smart project suc­cess­ful­ly raised aware­ness about the impor­tance of pre­serv­ing the region’s finite water resources
  • Com­mence­ment of Region­al Waste Man­age­ment Facility’s land­fill rede­vel­op­ment and expan­sion of recy­cling facilities

Achieve­ments – 2013 – 14

  • Coun­cil-man­aged sport­ing venues host­ed high cal­i­bre sport­ing events, such as the inter­na­tion­al Chairman’s XI vs Eng­land Crick­et Team, AFL Pre­mier­ship and Indige­nous Round match­es, a pre-sea­son Rug­by League match and a Women’s Nation­al Bas­ket­ball League game
  • In Feb­ru­ary 2014, works were com­plet­ed at the Region­al Waste Man­age­ment Facil­i­ty util­is­ing an Aus­tralian Government’s Region­al Devel­op­ment Aus­tralia grant of $3.5millon, a North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Gov­ern­ment grant of $775,000 plus a fur­ther $725,000 invest­ment by Coun­cil. Works included:
  1. A waste trans­fer sta­tion to sort waste pri­or to enter­ing the landfill
  2. Redis­cov­ery Cen­tre estab­lished for retail sales of reclaimed and recy­cled goods
  3. New weigh­bridge, secu­ri­ty gates and a chem­i­cal and haz­ardous waste area.
  • Com­ple­tion of Stage 1 of the $5M CBD Revi­tal­i­sa­tion Project includ­ing major works to the Todd Mall (north end and Par­sons Street), fund­ed by the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Government.
  • Expan­sion of the Braitling Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre in part­ner­ship with the Aus­tralian Government’s Child Care Ser­vices Sup­port Program.
  • Coun­cil installed fibre optic data cables between its sites improv­ing effi­cien­cy of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and infor­ma­tion shar­ing between Coun­cil units.
  • Coun­cil con­tin­ued sup­port­ing the Cor­rec­tion­al Ser­vices’ Com­mu­ni­ty Sup­port Pro­gram, deliv­er­ing essen­tial ser­vices such as lit­ter col­lec­tion, verge and grass cut­ting, events sup­port, etc. to Alice Springs ratepayers.

Achieve­ments – 2014 – 15

  • Cre­ation of an Aus­tralian Armed Forces Com­mem­o­ra­tive Walk mark­ing all major engage­ments, on the Anzac Hill ascent, for the 100th Anniver­sary of Anzac Day.
  • Coun­cil ini­ti­at­ed the devel­op­ment of pop-up shops in the Todd Mall dur­ing the Desert Festival.
  • Coun­cil com­mis­sioned the Per­en­tie sculp­ture by artist Dan Mur­phy, installed at the inter­sec­tion of Undoolya Road and Sturt Ter­race, March 2015.
  • Over 200 trees were plant­ed on Nation­al Tree Plant­i­ng Day.
  • Remod­el­ling and seal­ing of the Fly­nn Dri­ve carpark, plus upgrades to the ablu­tion block.
  • New bicy­cle path installed along Spear­wood Road, link­ing to the bicy­cle path network.
  • Mod­i­fi­ca­tion of the Gre­go­ry and Rail­way Ter­races inter­sec­tion to improve traf­fic safety.
  • Upgrad­ing of dis­abled ramps around the CBD
  • Instal­la­tion of solar pow­er gen­er­a­tors at the Alice Springs Aquat­ic & Leisure Cen­tre and the Region­al Waste Man­age­ment Facility.
  • Estab­lish­ment of tree and turf farms to cre­ate a sus­tain­able sup­ply for the municipality’s many parks and gardens.

Achieve­ments – 2015 – 16

  • Stage 2 Ilparpa road-widen­ing project com­menced, as part of the Roads to Recov­ery Pro­gram, to improve traf­fic safe­ty in the area
  • Upgrade to the Albrecht Oval carpark, May 2016
  • Con­struc­tion com­menced on the Gar­den Ceme­tery Chapel, May 2016
  • Con­struc­tion of a new 5‑bay stor­age facil­i­ty for sport­ing equip­ment at Jim McConville Oval
  • Council’s Depot Crew respond­ed to clear sig­nif­i­cant dam­age around the town­ship caused by a hail storm and flash flood­ing on 17 June 2016. Record­ing 156% above aver­age for the month, most rain­fall was attrib­uted to this sin­gle storm event
  • Pho­to­volta­ic solar pan­els installed at Council’s Redis­cov­ery Cen­tre and Civic Cen­tre carpark
  • Instal­la­tion of a new paper baler at the RWMF
  • Devel­op­ment of Council’s Arts and Cul­tur­al Pol­i­cy and five-year Arts and Cul­tur­al Plan
  • Devel­op­ment of Council’s Pub­lic Art Mas­ter Plan

Achieve­ments – 2016 – 2017

  • Com­ple­tion of the $6.5M indoor Alice Springs Net­ball Sta­di­um in Feb­ru­ary 2017, util­is­ing grant fund­ing received from the NTG and NT Link, includ­ing $1.5M invest­ment by Council
  • An inclu­sive, all-faith Alice Springs Gar­den Ceme­tery Chapel was com­plet­ed and opened in May 2017
  • The $2.2M Stage 2 Ilparpa road-widen­ing project con­tin­ued, as part of the Roads to Recov­ery Pro­gram, to improve traf­fic safe­ty in the area
  • Pho­to­volta­ic solar pan­els installed at Council’s Civic Cen­tre and Pub­lic Library and Civic Cen­tre carpark, to com­ple­ment instal­la­tions at the Alice Springs Aquat­ic & Leisure Cen­tre, Region­al Waste Man­age­ment Facil­i­ty and the Depot, bring­ing Council’s total solar ener­gy capac­i­ty to over 575kW.