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Welcome to the Central Desert Regional Council

Hello and welcome

Welcome to the Central Desert Regional Council website.

As a Public Health Emergency has been declared, for official information on the COVID-19 virus please visit

CDRC COVID-19 Management Plan

Please click CDRC COVID-19 Management Plan to view.

Below are some recordings of important messages from the Northern Territory Government's Health Department in the main language groups from the CDRC area:


East Central Arrente


And here are some on the importance of hand washing:

East Central Arrente - Hand Washing

Walpiri - Hand Washing

For messages in other languages visit


COVID-19 hotline number - 1800 020 080

If you are seeking information regarding travel to a remote community in the Northern Territory phone 1800 518 189.

The Council and staff would like to invite you to browse our website and find out more about our organisation and communities.

News from the region

Nick Brown (Director Council Services) and Pip Parsonson (Director Community Services) were in Nyirripi for the Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) Ordinary Council meeting on 29 July. Before they left town they dropped into the Aged Care Centre to say hello to staff and see how they were going. Although busy, Wayne Porter (Aged Care Services Coordinator in Nyirripi) was very helpful and showed Nick...
 The August 2020 edition of the Central Desert News is out now! You can view it by opening the attachment below. Do you want to receive the newsletter by email?  Please subscribe to our newsletter and media release mailing list by clicking subscribe on the right hand side of this page. 
Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) sponsored Sunday’s Family Sports Day at the Harts Range Races at the weekend. The CDRC Family Sports Day was well represented by Atitjere Community members with the Atitjere Ladies winning their heat in the Tug of War with the Plenty Highway Ladies winning the Tug of War final.  With the final being battled out by local community members it was very hard to pick a...
The Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) Community Development Program (CDP) started the 2021 financial year upbeat, despite a challenging operating environment posed by the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. Staff attended an in-house training session at the start of July, centred on engaging everyone in the program’s journey through the difficult pandemic time in the financial year ahead. Good group...