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Yuendumu

The community is located 290km North West from Alice Springs along the Tanami Highway, which branches off the Stuart Highway 25 km North of Alice Springs. It takes 3 1/2 hours to drive there. The road is sealed for the first 145 km from the highway and the rest of the way is formed and largely gravelled with some sections not gravelled. The road can be quite corrugated but is usually passable for ordinary vehicles except after heavy rains. The access to the community after the turn off from the Tanami Road is 3 km, of which the first 1 km is gravelled and the balance is sealed.

For information on Yuendumu's Local Implementation Plan, please follow this link to the FaHCSIA website.

Council's activities in Yuendumu:

No. Staff: 78 people (85% Indigenous)

Local Authority: Jimmy Langdon (Chairperson), Ormay Gallagher, Francis Kelly, Dianne Martin, Francis Penhall, Otto Simms, Brian Wilson, Jennifer Wendy Baarda, Robert Robertson.

Ward Councillors: Cr Cecilia Alfonso (Deputy Chair), Cr April Martin, Cr Jacob Spencer, Cr Georgina Wilson.

Community Achievements (2015/2016):

  • Repairs to the football oval and change rooms
  • Installation of the new football lighting towers facilitating night training and games
  • Five Council employees received service awards during the year, one employee from Works and a second from Child Care both attaining five years service
  • Repairs to local roads via the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) employing local labour
  • Employees and community members upgrading their C class license to Heavy Rigid licenses allowing them to apply for other positions within Council
  • Council represented by two staff members at the 2015 International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management in Brisbane speaking on the development of a global information system (GIS) project to map legacy asbestos located on the outskirts of Yuendumu
  • Rollout of the “Put it in a Bin” campaign to promote positive change in relation to litter.  The campaign included local CDP participants and PAW media
  • A new landfill pit was constructed to extend the life of the landfill area
  • Speed mitigation measures were put in place on West Camp Road and Ral Ral Ave
  • A Local Indigenous Early Childhood Educator was promoted to Assistant Coordinator
  • Yuendumu ‘Kurdu Kurdu Kurlungu’ Early Childhood program successfully passed Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s assessment becoming the first licenced Early Childhood centre in the Central Desert region
  • Four CDP participants were employed in the construction of the Yuendumu store
  • Ongoing availability of CDP projects and activities facilitating 26,273 hours
  • Council assisted Southern Tanami Kurdiji Indigenous Corporation to secure two years funding intended to transition the Corporation to independence

Phone (08) 8956 4038
Fax (08) 8956 4070
yuendumu@centraldesert.nt.gov.au