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At today's Council meeting, the Central Desert Shire Council elected Cr Adrian Dixon as the Council's new Shire President.  Outgoing Shire President, Cr Norbert Patrick, was elected as Deputy Shire President.  Cr Adrian Dixon thanked the outgoing Shire President, Cr Patrick for his support over the previous two years.  "I will work very hard to keep the Shire moving forward" Cr Dixon told Council. ...

Results from the NT Council Elections held on 24 March 2012 are as follows:


Ward Result
Akityarre Ward SCHABER, Louis (elected unopposed)
  BIRD, Liz (elected unopposed)
Anmatjere Ward DIXON, Adrian (elected unopposed)

The final results of the Local Government elections for Central Desert Shire Council and Macdonnell Shire Council will be confirmed at the declaration of polls which will take place at 10 a.m. Monday 2 April 2012 at the Central Desert Shire Council/Macdonnell Shire Council Chambers Office Gap Road.

The March 2012 newsletter is full of fun and showcases the wonderful talent presented as part of the Council's Concert in the Carpark.  Read about the Council's returning Councillors and check out the Council's very own People of Australia Ambassador.  There are stories from all around the Shire.  Click the link below to download and read the newsletter.

The Central Desert Shire is welcomes it new and returning Councillors. The nominations for council were announced on Friday 2nd March. In several wards the existing Councillors have been re-elected unopposed. The Councillors that will be standing for a second term are below:


On January 18th the Prime Minister Julia Gillard congratulated 40 Australians who have been recognised for their outstanding work in building strong and cohesive local communities.  Among those celebrated was Sascha McKell a Councillor and staff member in Yuendumu.

Ms McKell was selected after a nomination process where Australians were encouraged to nominate inspirational people who have helped...

The respected elders of Yuendumu Community supported the Magistrate Court sitting in Yuendumu on 13 and 14th of December 2011. Prior to the court sitting, the elders from Mediation and Justice Committee met at the Mediation Centre for 3 hours, discussed on court list and made recommendations to the Magistrate. Eleven members including five women from the mediation committee were present at the meeting...

CDEP participants from Atitjere, Irrelirre, and Engawala will perform at a community concert next Tuesday December 13, in Alice Springs.  

WHERE: Central Desert Shire Council carpark
WHEN: December 13 from 12 noon - 4 pm  

The show will feature music in a range of styles, written & performed by CDEP participants, many of whom have never written or sung before. 

The men and...

The Engawala Sport & Recreation Team were recently invited by the Heart Foundation in Darwin to participate in a Champions Forum with some of the workers and volunteers from their Community. The Sport & Recreation Officers, along with Priscilla Williams, Rachel Tilmouth, Nancy Tilmouth, and Sarah Williams all "champions" in Engawala, attended the Champions Forum.

The forum allowed several...

Welcome to the December edition of the Central Desert News.  This quarter's newsletter is, once again, filled with great stories that show case the services that the Council is providing across the Shire.  Have a look inside for more information on:

  • Fire Training Across the Shire,
  • A special focus on the Ti Tree communities including training, vegetable gardens, tye-dying and the...