Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) used COVID-19 restrictions to their advantage in July with a number of staff completing the Occupational Health and Safety Construction Induction training online through a special one-off trial with Charles Darwin University. Staff from both head office and communities were offered the course which was broken down to sessions of two hours each over three days instead of the normal full day.
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 discussions were held and team members found the session engaging and informative.
Central Desert Regional Council is a local government authority covering an area over 282,000 Sq. kilometres. The Council provides a range of services in 12 communities to the North of Alice Springs: Lajamanu, Ti Tree, Wilora, Nturiya, Pmara Jutunta, Willowra, Laramba, Nyirripi, Yuelamu, Atitjere, Engawala and Yuendumu. There are also several homelands and outstations. The Central Desert area is considered remote and disadvantaged and over 80% of the population is Aboriginal.