Elected Members

Mayor Damien Ryan

Mobile: 0428 825 392

Email: dryan@astc.nt.gov.au

Mayor Ryan was born in Alice Springs in 1955, completed his primary education at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School in Alice Springs, and his secondary education at Rostrevor College. 

His professional career began in 1972 working in the retail photographic industry in Alice Springs. He has also worked within tourism industry as licensee of the Mt Ebenezer Roadhouse, and operated Dunmarra Roadhouse. Mayor Ryan is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Justice of the Peace.

Mayor Ryan is the President of the Local Government Association NT and Board Member of the Local Government Association of Australia, Co-Deputy Chair of the Outback Highway Development Council, and Board Member of the Finke Desert Race.

Elected as Mayor of Alice Springs in March 2008, Mayor Ryan is passionate about promoting and working for the Alice Springs community.

He works tirelessly towards making Alice Springs the best possible place to live, work and visit.

Mayor Ryan is strongly committed to the sustainable development and advancement of Alice Springs.


Alice Springs Town Council Committees

Mayor Damien Ryan is a member of all Council Committees including:

  • Alice Springs Town Council Risk and Audit Committee
  • Alice Springs Town Council Access Advisory Committee
  • Alice Springs Town Council Sports Facilities Advisory Committee
  • Alice Springs Town Council Cemeteries Committee
  • Alice Springs Town Council Public Art Advisory Committee
  • Alice Springs Town Council Parks Advisory Committee
  • Alice Springs Town Council Environment Advisory Committee
  • Alice Springs Town Council Tourism Events Promotions Committee
  • Alice Springs Town Council Seniors Coordinating Committee
  • Alice Springs Town Council Australia Day Coordinating Committee
  • Alice Springs Town Council Regional Waste Management Committee
  • Alice Springs Town Council Youth Action Group

External Committees and Organisations:

  • Local Government Association - Northern Territory (LGANT) President
  • Local Government Association of Australia – Board Member
  • Regional Development Australia – Northern Territory
  • Outback Highway Development Council - Co-Deputy Chair
  • Finke Desert Race - Board Member
  • Alice Springs Alcohol Reference Group - Chair
  • Centralian Girls Academy Advisory
  • Araluen Cultural Precinct Community Reference Group
  • Squash NT – Patron
  • Holyoake Alice Springs Inc. – Patron
  • Board Member – Central Australian Show Society Committee
  • Masters Games Advisory Committee - Member

Deputy Mayor Matt Paterson

Phone: 0424 652 640

Email: mpaterson7@yahoo.com.au

Deputy Mayor Matt Paterson is a passionate sportsperson and local sporting leader, having represented the Northern Territory in the National Indigenous Cricket Carnival.

Qualified as an electrician, Councillor Paterson works for the NT Government as a Property Contract Officer and while based in Alice Springs he does enjoy the opportunity to travel to surrounding communities for his work.

Deputy Mayor Paterson was a Cricket Australia Community Ambassador and Captain of a local cricket team. Outside of cricket, he is also involved in local rugby league, playing for the Central Bulls. 

Deputy Mayor Paterson is passionate about providing opportunities for the town's young people to grow and prosper.

Councillor Glen Auricht

Phone: 0438 598 892

Email: grauricht@bigpond.com

Councillor Glen Auricht has held a substantial engineering career, having held both the roles of Community Works Manager and Civil Construction and Planning Manager, each for more than 20 years.

He invests considerable time into Alice Springs as a community member, volunteering for St John Ambulance, Finke Desert Face, and Alice Springs Motorcycle Club. Councillor Auricht is also involved in working with indigenous languages and culture.

Councillor Auricht spends his private time motorbike riding, desert 4wd trekking, and gardening, particularly native trees.

Councillor Marli Banks

Phone: 0417 681 111

Email: marlibanks@gmail.com

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 Jamie de Brenni

Phone: 0418 890 157

Email: jamiedebrenni@gmail.com

Councillor Jamie de Brenni is a third-generation Alice Springs resident, after his grandparents came to the Territory in the 1940’s. He and his wife Alice have raised their own family of three children in Alice Springs and enjoy the lifestyle and opportunities the town has to offer.

Councillor de Brenni attended Gillen Primary School and Sadadeen High School. After finishing high school he worked in a variety of jobs before undertaking an adult apprenticeship in carpentry. He now has a successful building business.

Councillor de Brenni has a long history of involvement in many sports including AFL, Rugby League and go-kart racing. He enjoys the off road racing scene offered through the local club with his son and is also active in a variety of volunteering roles.

Councillor Jimmy Cocking

Phone: 0423 511 931

Email: jimmy@abetteralice.com.au

Councillor Cocking has been a resident of Alice Springs for more than a decade and is a strong advocate on environmental matters, especially in his capacity as Director at Arid Lands Environment Centre. 

He regularly volunteers for local events and causes plus advises on governance and management for community groups. 

Outside of professional life, Councillor Cocking enjoys family time, gardening, bush walking, reading, and keeping up on local and global affairs.



Councillor Eli Melky

Phone: 0427 012 699

Email: eli@realestateco.net.au

Councillor Melky is proud to be a member of the 13th Council of Alice Springs.

He takes an attentive and pro-active approach to the Council business of roads, rates and rubbish, while working equally hard to address his core concerns on law and order matters.

Councillor Melky believes that Alice Springs is a fantastic town with many positives to enjoy. He enjoys representing this great town and ensuring Alice Springs has a bright future.

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.

Councillor Jacinta Nampijinpa Price

Phone: 0400 417 794

Email: jacintanampijinpa@gmail.com

Councillor Jacinta Nampijinpa Price is a Warlpiri/Celtic woman who has grown up in Alice Springs.

Councillor Price has performed various professional roles within the Arts including Assistant Curator at the Araluen Galleries, Assistant Curator at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and Project Manager at Desart. She has worked as a Cross Cultural Consultant for the past 17 years.

Councillor Price has co-produced and performed as part of the indigenous children’s television program Yamba’s Playtime for seven years.  She is currently the co-founder and director of Yangapi Productions, which produces the popular children’s TV series.

Councillor Price is passionate about improving the lives of indigenous children, addressing tough issues such as domestic violence and helping build a unified community.

Councillor Catherine Satour

Phone: 0423 566 920

Email: catherine.satour@gmail.com

Councillor Catherine Satour seeks to strengthen the community of Alice Springs. As a passionate Central Australian, she believes that the town’s spirit and pride can be enhanced through greater community support, and through the arts.

Councillor Satour intends to further encourage initiatives of collaboration and transparency within Council, and is passionate about ensuring good governance.

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.