Alice Springs resident Marli Banks was 19 when she first came to the Red Centre.
Established local businesswoman with a diverse cross section of professional experience in Retail, Tourism, Hospitality, Gaming, Sports Betting, NGOs, and Local Government, Marli’s is a strong advocate for change and reform with a proven track record of focusing on outcomes and delivering for the community.
Accomplished in front line management, accounting, strategic planning and business development she has a demonstrated capacity to advocate for small business having owned and operated the iconic Red Centre business, Afghan Traders since 2009.
As a mother of three, she is focused on being the voice of change and is committed to driving Regional Economic Change for the region and generations to come.
Elected as Council Representative on the 13th Alice Springs Town Council in 2017, Marli has advocated for Regional Planning, Infrastructure Development, Governance and Water Protection. She has been an active leader driving change and a strong voice for the community.
Her working background is diverse having Coordinated a large International Sports Betting Agencies Call Centre, a trained Croupier, NGO Executive Assistant, and is qualified in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry.
She has held Executive Positions on; an Independent School board, Local Radio, and other Community Organisations and Committees; including the Regional Economic Development Committee.
She has chaired committees and directorates and has volunteered extensively throughout the community.
Through her involvement in Local Government, Boards, and Committees she contributed to Strategic, Master, Municipal plans and has been involved in policy reform with Government and relevant Stakeholders.
She is critical thinker and an active leader with a strong moral focus on people, the economy, and the environment.
“People of the NT are looking for honest and reliable leaders. I am not motivated to be a career politician; I am focused on achieving real outcomes for the people of the Territory”.