CAAMA’s Philippe Perez speaking with newly appointed Mayor of (Mparntwe) Alice Springs Matt Paterson (Source) Josef Jakamarra Egger

Matt Paterson was announced as the new Mayor of (Mparntwe) Alice Springs on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Mr. Paterson was sworn in at a ceremony of the 14th council after being declared mayor by the Northern Territory Electoral Commission after a recount saw him win the race by two votes ahead of councilor Jimmy Cocking.

Working with Aboriginal organisations will be a priority for the new Alice Springs Town Council, according to the new mayor, Matt Paterson, who told CAAMA that he intends to maintain relationships with First Nations organisations in the town.

Ceremony of the 14th (Mparntwe) Alice Springs council – Council Chambers (Source) Josef Jakamarra Egger

Councilor Cocking says that despite his close miss in the mayoral race, he will look ahead to the next council. He says implementing initiatives that will benefit first nations and multicultural communities are important.

Ceremony of the 14th (Mparntwe) Alice Springs council – Council Chambers (Source) Josef Jakamarra Egger

Ceremony of the 14th (Mparntwe) Alice Springs council – Council Chambers (Source) Josef Jakamarra Egger

[EDIT] The runner up to Matt Paterson in the Alice Springs town council elections for Mayor, Jimmy Cocking says he will appeal the election result with the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Jimmy Cocking speaking on the 15th of September following the official election results after the recount.