Vatskalis reelected Darwin Lord Mayor in NT council elections

Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis has been returned for another term after local government elections were held across the Northern Territory on 28 August.

Mr Vatskalis claimed victory with 56 percent of the votes counted, at which point he led his nearest rival, Amye Un, by more than 10,000 first preferences.

In a social media post on Saturday night, Mr Vatskalis said he was “humbled” to be re-elected.

“I thank you all the voters for realising my vision for a greener and cooler Darwin,” he wrote. “Let’s make it happen!”

Voter turnout was slightly up across the Territory, bucking long-term trends.

However, results for some tight contests might not be known for a fortnight, with preferences likely to determine who becomes mayor in some key races.

In Alice Springs, Councillor Jimmy Cocking is ahead in the race to succeed long-time mayor (and former ALGA vice president) Damien Ryan, with just over 30 percent of first-preference votes.

Fellow councillor Matt Patterson had received 24 percent of first-preference votes as of this week.

The deadline for receiving postal votes is September 10, and the election results will be declared on Monday, September 13.