Alice Springs Town Council Mayor Matt Paterson was elected to the role in 2021 as a 30-year-old, making him the youngest Mayor in Alice Springs history. Qualified as an electrician, Mayor Paterson is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Vice President of LGANT and sits on the board of Tourism Central Australia, Chamber of Commerce and Regional Capitals Australia. Mayor Paterson has an extensive history of working in various communities in Central Australia which has given him an intimate knowledge of the community.
Driven to continually improve the liveability of Alice Springs, Mayor Paterson is focused on delivering better infrastructure for Alice Springs families. He served as a Councillor previous to being elected Mayor and is passionate about providing opportunities for all residents in Alice Springs. Being a father to two young children, Mayor Paterson is focused on delivering better infrastructure for families in Alice Springs and making the community a better place for generations to come.
A decorated sportsperson, Mayor Paterson has represented Alice Springs and the Northern Territory on the cricket field and has also dedicated time off the field to growing sport in the community.
He has served as a Cricket Australia Community Ambassador, committee member of the Alice Springs Turf Club and a long-time president of his local cricket club. Mayor Paterson is also heavily involved in the community outside of sport, putting a great deal of effort into connecting meaningfully with community members from all walks of life.