July 23, 2017

Media Release #1

Local community leader, Jimmy Cocking is the latest candidate to throw his hat in the ring for the upcoming local government elections in Alice Springs.

Jimmy Cocking is standing for ‘A better Alice’ with a strong voice and vision for the town. Having called Alice Springs home for ten years, Jimmy has been working solidly for the local community since the day he arrived. Having dedicated a quarter of his life working towards ‘healthy futures for arid lands and people’ as Director of the Arid Lands Environment Centre. He has served on a range of local boards and committees including Watch This Space, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Alice Solar City, Alice Water Smart, Alice Springs Community Garden and is currently a member of Desert Knowledge Australia and the Deputy Chair of the Regional Economic Development Committee. He is also a founding Co-Director of the popular music and arts festival, Wide Open Space.

‘Those who know me, understand that I am a good team player and work to get action and outcomes that benefit everyone’ said Cocking.

‘I have been working alongside Council on a range of different projects and programs for almost a decade. I understand how local government works and I know how to get things done.’

‘I commit to working for a better Alice Springs with whoever is on Council and standing up for the community to get what we need for a brighter and better future’.

The key issues I commit to seeing through are:

  • A long term Youth Engagement Strategy – let’s keep our kids and streets safe;
  • Our Town Plan – a community vision and long-term planning agenda to guide development;
  • Strong voice on fracking, toxic waste dumps and other damaging proposals for our region;
  • A Great Outdoors – developing a world class adventure playground and ensuring our community spaces are well-maintained and improved;
  • Towards zero waste – ambitious recycling and waste management agenda;
  • No rates rises beyond CPI – we don’t need to keep pushing up rates to sustain a healthy and happy town.

Jimmy lives in Braitling with his partner Karine and young son, Louka.

He is committed to a better Alice Springs for its residents and visitors alike.



For a better Alice.



Contact: Jimmy Cocking 0423511931

Photo: Ali Sanderson

Caption: Mayor and Council candidate Jimmy Cocking at the Alice Springs Community Garden


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