Elected Members - 12th Alice Springs Town Council
Mayor Damien Ryan
Address: PO Box 1071, Alice Springs
Mobile: 0428 825 392
Mayor Ryan was born in Alice Springs in 1955 and completed his primary education at 'Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School' in Alice Springs. His business career commenced in 1972 when he started work at the Alice Springs Camera Shop which he purchased in 1974. Since then, he has also gained invaluable knowledge of the tourism industry as licensee of the Mt Ebenezer Roadhouse (SW of Alice Springs) and later as co-owner of Dunmarra Roadhouse.
Mayor Ryan is the President of the Local Government Association NT, a NT Grants Commissioner; Chair of the Regional Development Australia - NT Inc., Co-chair of the Outback Way Development Council and Vice-President of the Finke Desert Race.
First elected as Mayor of Alice Springs in March 2008, Mayor Ryan and was again re-elected in March 2012 for a second term. Along with his fellow Councillors, Mayor Ryan is passionate about promoting and working for the Alice Springs community. Mayor Ryan works tirelessly towards making Alice Springs the best possible place to live, work and visit.
Mayor Ryan is currently involved in the, Local Government Association NT, NT Grants Commission, Outback Highway Development Council, Tourism Central Australia Executive, Regional Development Australia Northern Terrritory (RDA NT), Centralian Girls Academy Advisory Committee, Indigenous Education and Employment Taskforce(IEET), NT Tobacco Control Advisory Committee and is Vice-President of the Finke Desert Race Committee.
Mayor Ryan is strongly committed to the sustainable development and advancement of Alice Springs.
• Mayor of Alice Springs
• Local Government Association - Northern Territory (LGANT) President
• Australian Local Government Association - Board Member
• Central Australian Hospital Network Governing Council - Chair
• Northern Territory Grants Commissioner
• Alice Springs Regional Economic Development Committee
• Justice of the Peace
• Regional Development Australia - Northern Territory (RDA-NT) Chair
• Alice Springs Alcohol Reference Group - Chair
• Outback Highway Development Council - Co-Deputy Chair
• Finke Desert Race - Vice President
• NT Tobacco Control Advisory Committee
• Tourism Central Australia - Executive
• Australian Football League Central Australia Advisory Board
• Centralian Girls Academy Advisory Committee
• CDU Foundation Central Australia Chapter
• 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 Environment Advisory Committee
• Alice Springs Town Council Tourism Events Promotions Committee
• Alice Springs Town Council Australia Day Coordinating Committee
• Squash NT - Patron
• Holyoake Alice Springs Inc - Patron
Deputy Mayor Kylie Bonanni
I moved to Alice Springs from Ballarat, Victoria in 1988 when my father became the gold room manager at Granites Mine.
I have worked in the building industry alongside my husband in the Bonanni family business, and have been involved in many aspects of community life in Alice Springs, particularly as our three children were growing up.
I work full-time for the Cancer Council as the events and fundraising officer and am a board member for Tourism NT. I am on the steering committee and am an ambassador coordinator for the Masters Games.
I would like to see more growth and business opportunities in Alice Springs and I am a strong believer in looking at the positives in our community. I am also focused on senior citizens, ensuring they continue to be looked after.
Councillor Liz Martin, OAM
Address: 2 Norris Bell Avenue, Alice Springs
Mobile: 0429 201 549
Councillor Martin is the CEO of the National Road Transport Hall of Fame, located in Alice Springs. She has worked as a consultant and lobbyist on all matters pertaining to the road transport industry.
Councillor Martin has been involved in events and public relations in the tourism industry and is the author of "Australia's Road Transport Heritage: Stories from the Road". Councillor Martin gained one of the highest accolades in the Territory Tourism industry at the 2009 Brolgas where she was awarded the Tourism Minister's Perpetual Trophy.
Councillor Martin's community involvement includes service as Director of Transport Women Australia Ltd, the NT Rest Areas representative for the Campervan and Motor Home Club of Australia, the NT representative for the Australasian Motor Museums Association, and 10 years as Public Officer of Holyoake Alice Springs Inc.
Councillor Martin's interests include Alice Springs and NT history and heritage, particularly road transport and the Old Ghan train, indigenous/cultural issues, the natural landscape and the connectivity between them all.
Councillor Steve Brown
Address: 69 Bullen Road, Alice Springs
Mobile: 0427 792 194
Councillor Brown is honoured to be recently elected to the 12th Council of Alice Springs. He is a 58 year old born and bred 'Alicespringite' who was raised on a then dairy farm called White Gums, just outside of town along with 3 sisters and 6 brothers.
Councillor Brown went to boarding school firstly at OLSH then at Sacred Heart in Adelaide returning for a final year at Alice Springs High School. After finishing school Councillor Brown undertook an apprenticeship as an Electrician with the Department of Transport and Works and on completion established his own business. This has allowed him to meet and work with large numbers of Centralian's of differing backgrounds whilst being part of the creation of countless homes and businesses across the length and breadth of the Centre.
Councillor Brown has raised his own family in Alice Springs and is the proud grandfather of 14 grandchildren. His involvement with community has been in the areas of sport particularly tennis and baseball, politics and came to some prominence as convenor chair of Advance Alice and later as a co founder of Action for Alice.
Councillor Brown would like to have a growing involvement and commitment to the establishment of a youth foundation for Central Australia's neglected children. It is his burning ambition to see Alice become a united equal community where all children can have and fulfil their dreams and ambitions in a lively, vibrant, prosperous and caring community.
Councillor Dave Douglas
Address: 1 Palmer Street, Alice Springs
Mobile: 0407 720 224
Councillor Douglas has lived in Alice Springs for more then 30 years and successfully runs two local businesses in town.
Councillor Douglas's aims for his term are to refresh the towns image through streetscape improvements (including footpaths on both sides of all streets) and enforcements of anti-litter bylaws, reviewing removal of graffiti, improvements to the drainage system to limit flooding potential, improvement facilities of the towns senior citizens, lobbying for a second airline and expansion of the Council's recycling program.
Councillor Douglas's vision is that Council confront the town's social issues and maintain its traditional responsibilities at the highest standards.
Councillor Brendan Heenan
Address: 3 Palm Circuit, Alice Springs
Mobile: 0418 897 029
Councillor Heenan was born in Alice Springs and has worked for many years in Alice Springs as a market gardener, landscape gardener and nurseryman.
Councillor Heenan and wife Bev are the owners of a successful local caravan park. They have 6 children and 14 grandchildren with most of the family residing and working in Alice Springs.
Councillor Heenan's community involvement currently includes roles as President of the NT Caravan Park Association, CRVA National Board member and Bindi board member.
Councillor Heenan has been, and currently remains, Patron of the AFL CA for many years and a sponsor of the under 17 community football with the Heenan Cup and is now the sponsor of the town under 17 AFL CA football and a proud NT Thunder Member.
A Rotarian of the Stuart Rotary Club since 1970 was President in 1977 -78 and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for services to Rotary and the community. Councillor Heenan enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, reading, politics, walking, AFL football and is a member of the Essendon Football Club.
Councillor Jade Kudrenko
Mobile: 0438 813 625
Councillor Kudrenko is an Alice Springs born local, she attended OLSH Primary School and completed her high schooling at St Philips College.
Over the past decade Councillor Kudrenko has played proactive in roles within the Education, Natural Resource Management and Indigenous Employment sectors. Her work has taken her too many remote Indigenous communities within Central Australia. Her extensive travels within the region have fostered a strong appreciation for the natural environment and Councillor Kudrenko is passionate about conserving Central Australia's unique arid plants and animals.
Councillor Kudrenko was a graduating participant of the Desert Leadership Program which was focused on developing skills in adaptive leadership and uniting other young leaders to respond to entrenched community issues.
In her private life Councillor Kudrenko and her husband Scott are foster parents and enjoy the opportunity to have great kids in their lives.
Councillor Eli Melky
Address: PO Box 4495, Alice Springs
Mobile: 0427 012 699
Councillor Melky is proud to be elected to the 12th Council of Alice Springs. He want to work to reach agreement with fellow elected members on the many issues ahead and where required will work to find compromise for the betterment of Alice Springs. He wants to take an attentive and proactive approach to the Council business of roads, rates and rubbish, whilst equally working 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 looks forward to representing this great town ensuring the Alice has a bright future. As well as wanting a safe and tidy town, he will be supporting business and tourism growth initiatives and the many other sporting and special events in our town.
Councillor Chansey Paech
Address: PO Box 4592, Alice Springs
Mobile: 0431 810 758
Councillor Paech is fifth generation Centralian who is serving his first term as an elected member on the Alice Springs Town Council. Councillor Paech is currently employed as the Corporate Services Manager for the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA)
One of Councillor Paech's major visions for the 12th Council is to take a strong role in the economic and social developments of Alice Springs.
Another priority of his is to develop, conserve and promote community assets, as he views the present Council as trustees for future generations.
Having been involved and an active supporter of community groups within the local community for many years, Councillor Paech has a strong working knowledge and sense of direction for community groups in Alice Springs.
Councillor Paech's interests include Alice Springs and Australian history and heritage, indigenous/cultural affairs, the centralian landscape.