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Welcome to the Central Desert Regional Council

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Welcome to the Central Desert Regional Council website.

As 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.


COVID-19 Important Information

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 the region

Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) Aged Care organised First Aid and Fire Extinguisher training through REDPATH Education in Engawala Community. Staff from Aged Care, Youth Sports & Recreation, Community Safety Patrol and the Council Office participated in the training. The training was conducted at the Aged Care Centre as part of the continuing commitment of CDRC to improve...

A bit of extra colour has been grown in Nyirripi thanks to a flower garden outside the local store. Last year it was planted by Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) Field Officer Chris Michaels with the help of some school kids. Unfortunately, after they bloomed a few months later, the local cows came into town and ate most of them. The community was quite disappointed at the cows as...

The Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) team has won the Australasian Management Challenge (AMC) Northern Territory division against local governments from the top end, including Darwin and Palmerston. The competition was run on 29 April in Alice Springs and as the winners they will be heading to the Australasian finals in Canberra in August.

In its 29th year...

Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) holds a Customer Satisfaction Survey twice a year, and next month is the first for 2021. CDRC staff will be coming to each of the communities asking questions about the quality of Council Services. This is an opportunity to help Council improve its services.

All answers remain anonymous, with no names recorded, and...