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Welcome to the Central Desert Regional Council

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Welcome to the Central Desert Regional Council website.


2021 Local Government Elections

The 2021 Local Government Elections are coming up in August and we want to highlight a few important key dates for the elections: 

Nominations open: Friday, 16 July

Close of electoral roll: Tuesday, 27 July at 5:00 pm

Close of nominations: Thursday, 5 August at 12:00 noon

Early voting commences: Monday, 16 August

Election day: Saturday, 28 August

 2021 Local Government Elections

For any further information about the elections, visit the Northern Territory Electoral Commission website.


COVID-19 Important Information

A Public Health Emergency has been declared, for official information on COVID-19 please visit

Please click Statement of Commitment to view the Central Desert Regional Council COVID-19 Statement of Commitment.

Important information from the Northern Territory Government Health Department about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Soon everyone here in the Territory will be asked to get a vaccine needle against the COVID-19 virus.
  • The vaccine medicine is safe and free.
  • You will need to get it 2 times and we ask that you get these needles to keep everyone in your community safe.
  • You can help to make things good for everyone. Do this so you are safe, do this so your community is safe. 
  • COVID-19 effects everyone. Do this so we can stop COVID-19.
  • If you are worried or if you want to know more, the website has lots of information. You can also talk to your local health clinic about how and when that needle will be given.
  • Know the COVID19 needle / vaccine story.  We can all help make the Territory safe.

Here is a recording of these messages in Warlpiri and in Pintupi/Luritja.

Below are some recordings of other important COVID-19 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.

CDRC COVID-19 Management Plan

Below is our COVID-19 Management Plan and sub-plans.

CDRC COVID-19 Management Plan. The overall CDRC COVID-19 mangement plan.

Remote Council Services COVID-19 Management sub-plan. The Remote Council Services COVID-19 sub-plan.

Remote Community Services COVID-19 Management sub-plan. The Remote Community Services COVID-19 sub-plan.


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

News from around the region

The old car wrecks that have been in and around Anmatjere have been removed. A car baling project was set up at Ti-Tree and was very efficient; they were able to process a car every eight minutes!

There were triple trailer trucks carting cars...

Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) gives notice in accordance to section 158 of the Local Government Act (2008) that the following rates and charges were declared to apply to the financial year ending 30 June 2022 at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on Friday 30 May 2021. Rates Declaration for 2021-22 is available on our website at  ...

As part of its reengagement strategy with clients, Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) Community Development Program (CDP) was on the road to deliver its Careers Expo. Over 13 and 14 July, three teams crisscrossed the region with a single objective: to bring together job seekers and employers in the region.

The themes of this year’s event were:


On Wednesday 14 July the Community Safety Patrol (CSP) successfully recommenced with a full CSP crew in Nyirripi. Nyirripi has wanted a CSP team for about 18 months and Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) have been working towards it, and are finally able to employ a full team of four, two women and two men. They are Maxie Pollard, Antonia Wilson, Christine Curtis and Lance Turner...