Elected members

Mayor Damien Ryan

Address: PO Box 1071, Alice Springs
Mobile: 0428 825 392
Email: dryan@astc.nt.gov.au


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 professional career began in 1972 when he started work at the Alice Springs Camera Shop, which he bought in 1974.  

Since then, he has also gained invaluable knowledge of the tourism industry as licensee of the Mt Ebenezer Roadhouse (south-west of Alice Springs) and later as co-owner of Dunmarra Roadhouse.  

Mayor Ryan is the President of the Local Government Association NT, an NT Grants Commissioner;  Co-chairman 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 re-elected in March 2012 for a second term.  

Along with his fellow Councilors, 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 currently involved in the Local Government Association NT, NT Grants Commission, Outback Highway Development Council, Tourism Central Australia Executive, Centralian Girls Academy Advisory Committee, Alice Springs Alcohol Reference Panel 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

Northern Territory Grants Commissioner

Central Australian Health Service - Chair

Justice of the Peace

Outback Highway Development Council - Co-Deputy Chair

Finke Desert Race - Vice President

Alice Springs Alcohol Reference Panel

NT Tobacco Control Advisory 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 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

Australian Local Government Association - Board Member

Australian Football League Central Australia Advisory Board


Damien Ryan

Deputy Mayor Kylie Bonanni

Mobile: 0400 254 974
Email: Kbonanni@alicesprings.nt.gov.au


Councillor Bonanni moved to Alice Springs from Ballarat, Victoria in 1988 when her father became the gold room manager at Granites Mine.

She has worked in the building industry alongside her husband in the family business and has been involved in many aspects of Alice Springs community life, particularly as her three children were growing up.

Councillor Bonanni works full-time for the Cancer Council as the events and fundraising officer. She is the ambassador coordinator for the Masters Games and is also on the Masters Games steering committee plus is a board member for Tourism NT.

Councillor Bonanni would like to see more growth and business opportunities in Alice Springs. She is also focused on senior citizens and ensuring they continue to be looked after. She is a strong believer in looking at the positives in our community.


Councillor Steve Brown

Address: 69 Bullen Road, Alice Springs
Mobile: 0427 792 194
Email: sj-brown5@bigpond.com

Councillor Brown is a born and bred Alicespringian who was raised on a dairy farm called White Gums, just outside of town along with three sisters and six brothers.

Councillor Brown went to boarding school at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Alice Springs and 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 Centralians of differing backgrounds while 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, as the chairman of Advance Alice and later as a co-founder of Action for Alice. 

It is his burning ambition to see Alice Springs become a united equal community where all children can fulfill their dreams and ambitions in a vibrant, prosperous and caring community through the establishment of a youth foundation for Central Australia's neglected children.

Steve Brown

Councillor Dave Douglas

Address: 1 Palmer Street, Alice Springs
Mobile: 0407 720 224
Email: ddouglas@alicesprings.nt.gov.au


Councillor Douglas has lived in Alice Springs for more than 30 years and successfully runs two local businesses.

Councillor Douglas's aims for his term are to refresh the town’s 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 and improving facilities for the town’s senior citizens.

Councillor Douglas's vision is that Council confronts the town's social issues and maintains its traditional responsibilities at the highest standards.




Dave Douglas

Councillor Brendan Heenan

Address: 3 Palm Circuit, Alice Springs
Mobile: 0418 897 029
Email: brendan@macrange.com.au


Councillor Heenan was born in Alice Springs and has worked for many years as a market gardener, landscape gardener and nurseryman.

Councillor Heenan and his wife Bev are the owners of a successful caravan park.

They have six children and 14 grandchildren with most of the family residing and working in Alice Springs.

Councillor Heenan's community involvement includes roles as President of the NT Caravan Park Association, CRVA National Board member and as a Bindi board member.

Councillor Heenan is a patron of the AFLCA and sponsors the under 17 football community with the Heenan Cup and is a proud NT Thunder member.

A Rotarian of the Stuart Rotary Club since 1970, Councillor Heenan 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 and is a member of the Essendon Football Club.

Brendan Heenan

Councillor Jade Kudrenko

Mobile: 0438 813 625
Email: jkudrenko@alicesprings.nt.gov.au


Councillor Kudrenko is an Alice Springs local. She attended Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary School and completed high school at St Philip’s College. 

Over the past decade Councillor Kudrenko has played active in roles within the Education, Natural Resource Management and Indigenous Employment sectors. 

Her work has taken her to many remote indigenous communities in Central Australia.

Her extensive travels in 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.

She 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.


Jade Kudrenko

Councillor Liz Martin, OAM

Address: 2 Norris Bell Avenue, Alice Springs
Mobile: 0429 201 549
Email: lmartin@alicesprings.nt.gov.au

Councillor Martin is the CEO of the National Road Transport Hall of Fame 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 Northern Territory Tourism industry at the 2009 Brolgas when she was awarded the Tourism Minister's Perpetual Trophy.

Her 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.

Councilor Martin's interests include Alice Springs, NT history and heritage, particularly road transport and the Old Ghan train, indigenous/cultural issues, the natural landscape and the connectivity between them all.

Liz Martin

Councillor Eli Melky

Address: PO Box 4495, Alice Springs
Mobile: 0427 012 699
Email: emelky@alicesprings.nt.gov.au

Councillor Melky is proud to be a member of the 12th 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 Chansey Paech

Address: PO Box 4592, Alice Springs
Mobile: 0431 810 758
Email: cpaech@alicesprings.nt.gov.au

Councillor Paech is a fifth-generation Centralian.

One of his 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 an active supporter of community groups 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 and the Centralian landscape.



Chansey Paech