2017 Elections

The next general Council election will be conducted in August 2017. Important dates include:

- Update your electoral details NOW
- 14 July Nominations for Councillor open
- 25 July Electoral Roll closes
- 26 August Election day
- 4 September Results announced

For more information about the election and election process please refer to the commission's website:


Are interested in nominating for council elections or by-elections in the Central Desert Regional Council?  Please have a look at the following guide (published by LGANT) which provides useful links and information.

So you want to be on Council?

For information on successful Councillors please refer to the section on Elected Members.

Have your say - a cartoon book on why we should vote.

Information Sessions

Sessions on 'how to become a Councillor' will commence in community on the following dates:

  • 3 May Lajamanu
  • 9 May Nyirripi
  • 10 May Yuendumu
  • 14 June Willowra 
  • 15 June Anmatjere
  • 19 June Laramba
  • 20 June Engawala
  • 21 June Atitjere

Your are Invited to Nominate

Prospective candidates can get further information NTEC Candidates page (includes link to nomination form). 


Voting - Mobile Polling Places

The NT Electoral Commission will have mobile polling booths in communities around the region.

Early voting will also be available in Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek.

Nominated Candidates

The following candidates have nominated for election at the 2017 General Election

Akitjere Ward

Nominations close 3 August 2017. 

Anmatjere Ward

Nominations close 3 August 2017. 

Northern Tanami Ward

Nominations close 3 August 2017. 

Southern Tanami Ward

Nominations close 3 August 2017.

Ward By-Elections

A by-election is an election held to fill a political office that has become vacant between regularly scheduled elections. Usually this occurs when the incumbent has resigned or becomes ineligible to continue in office.  In ward by-elections any person residing within the ward that is eligable to vote and who is not excluded under the Council's policies is eligible to nominate.

The Local Government Act allows the Council to co-opt Council members should a vacancy arise during the last 18 months of the term of the Council. 

By Election - Akityarre Ward (March 2016)

Central Desert Regional Council and the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) advise that community members are invited to stand as a candidate for one (1) Councillor vacancy in the Central Desert Regional Council - Akityarre Ward.
Nominees should lodge their completed nomination forms as soon as possible with Daniel Teudt - Manager Governance or see Kerry Shervey - Council Services Manager, Atitjere.
Nominees must be enrolled electors living in the council area and be nominated by at least three other persons who are eligible to vote at the election. Qualification and disqualification provisions apply.
Nomination forms must be received by the Returning Officer at the NTEC no later than 12 noon SHARP on Friday 26 February 2016.
Enrolment forms are available from the Central Desert Regional Council offices, offices of the NTEC, or can be downloaded from the NTEC website (www.ntec.nt.gov.au). You may also enrol or change your details on-line at www.aec.gov.au.
If a poll is held, voting is compulsory for all electors enrolled for an address within the Akityarre Ward area.

By Election - Southern Tanami Ward (July 2015)

Due to the resignation of Cr Robert Robertson, a by-election was held in the Southern Tanami Ward on Friday, July 31, 2015. 


ALFONSO, Cecila - unopposed

Supplementary Election - Anmatjere Ward (May 2012)

There was a  Supplementary Election on Thursday 17 May 2012, to fill the 3 vacant positions in the Anmatjere Ward.

 The three (3) elected Ward Councillors are as follows (alphabetical order):

  • BIRD, Benedy;
  • GLENN, James;
  • TILMOUTH, Marlene.