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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 to build...
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 carparkWHEN: 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 women have been working hard...
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 Shires to...
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 new op shops.  We welcome...
The Central Desert Shire Council adopted its 2010-2011 Annual Report today, 10th November 2011.  "I am very happy to present Central Desert Shire Council’s third annual report. The Shire is still a fledgling organisation but continues to make enormous progress. I continue to be very proud of how far we have come in such a short time." said Shire President, Norbert Patrick. The Annual Report provides the...
It was a day of celebration at Ti Tree Aged Care facility when 10 staff from Central Desert Shire were issued with their statements of attainment in Certificate II in Community Services on Monday 24th October 2011. The Certificates were presented by the STEPS CEO Garry Hooper, who had travelled over from Queensland with the STEPS Board of Management specifically for the presentation and put on BBQ for...
Ti Tree residents and visitors alike are embracing a new initiative by the Central Desert Shire Council. The Op-Shop at Ti Tree is being run as a CDEP program in which the participants can learn real skills in a genuine retail environment. Participants operate a cash register, handle money and assist customers with their purchases. The participants are also learning valuable behind the scenes skills such...
The Central Desert Shire Council welcomes community feedback on its rating review discussion paper.  A new rating strategy, which Council anticipates will be finalised and adopted in February 2012, will be developed following community consultation in the coming months. Shire President Norbert Patrick believes that a full and public review of the rating discussion paper will help the Council consider the...
Communities within the Central Desert Shire are prepared for the fire season thanks to the major Fire Preparedness project in the Central Desert Shire. The Fire Preparedness Project incorporates community based training with the establishment of important fire prevention kits in each community. Yuendumu, Yuelamu, Laramba, and Atitjere have already had their training with Engawala, Ti Tree, Nyirripi and...

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