Alderman Gary Haslett

Waters Ward
Anula, Berrimah, Defence Establishment Berrimah, Coonawarra, Karama, Malak, Marrara, The Narrows, Northlakes, RAAF Base/Airport, Winnellie, Wulagi and Tivendale.Alderman Gary Haslett

Mobile: 0410 612 142




  • Corporate & Economic Development Committee
  • Tourism Top End
  • Town Planning Committee
  • Bombing of Darwin & Military History Advisory Committee
  • Ambon Sister Cities Community Committee
  • Dili Sister Cities Community Committee
  • Haikou Sister Cities Community Committee


Community Membership


  • Australian American Association (NT) / Vice President
  • Royal Commonwealth Society (NT) / Vice President
  • Australian Indonesian Business Council / Member
  • Australian Japanese Association (NT) / Member 
  • Friends of the Tanimbars / Member



Gary’s qualifications include Bachelor of Business (Public Administration, Management) and Certificate IV’s in Training and Assessment and Work Health and Safety.


When Gary first came to Darwin in 1966 as a baby, his mother was adamant she was only staying for 3 years - they all still live here today. This is a very common story.

In the old days everything was driven from Canberra, everyone recognised there was a lack of local direction. From the devastation of Cyclone Tracy followed by self government in 1978 there was a great change in Darwin that spread to the whole of the Northern Territory. We had rapid development and population growth driven by local vision. Darwin has grown and expanded. Expansion has stopped but the population is still growing. The issue now is infill (more people living in the same size area). There are some benefits in terms of environmental footprint, however, we need to ensure livability. This is a different challenge to the past. We are in a new phase and need new direction.

Alderman Haslett attended Rapid Creek Primary, Nightcliff Primary and after Cyclone Tracey NiMiRa Primary (for one year Nightcliff, Millner and Rapid Creek schools were combined). Later Alderman Haslett attended Nightcliff High School and Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin Universtiy).

In 1982 Alderman Haslett started his working life at Channel Eight (now Channel 9), then in the 1990s he worked for ABC TV here in Darwin. His roles included Directing Local ABC News, 730 Report, Stateline NT and Australia Television News - broadcast both nationally and internationally nightly. Gary received a silver medal at the prestigious New York Festival for his efforts directing ATV News.

Cyclone Tracy 1974

In 1994 for the 20th Anniversary of Cyclone Tracy Gary in collaboration with Jim McArthur (well renowned local cameraman) produced a TV Documentary based on the experiences of his friends and family. The ‘Big Blow’ was not released until this year for the 40th Anniversary. It is available online at the following link: