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Welcome to the Central Desert Regional Council

Hello and welcome

Welcome to the Central Desert Regional Council website.

2021 Local Government Elections

The 2021 Local Government Elections were held in August and the results have been released. You can view the results on our Elected Members page. 

 For any further information about the elections, visit the Northern Territory Electoral Commission website.


COVID-19 Important Information


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.

Important information from the Northern Territory Government Health Department about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Everyone here in the Territory is 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 around the region

Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) held their Alice Springs Christmas party on the balcony of the Alice Springs Golf Club on 26 November. The event was attended by staff and Councillors, including acting CEO, Leslie Manda.

Staff enjoyed the outdoor nature of the venue, as the weather was lovely.

There was a Best Dressed competition...

Yuelamu has received nice rain over the month of November, resulting in fast growing thick green grass around the entire community of Yuelamu.

Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) Field Officers have been working tirelessly over the past month cutting the fresh green grass for the community residents to have access to the available facilities in Yuelamu...

The Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) office in Atitjere has a box especially for the disposal of face masks. Staff take the box straight out to the cardboard pit at the landfill for burning, with no risk of masks floating out from the landfill.


Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) had a stall with a team presenting job seekers with job vacancy packs, taking them through Council’s Recruitment process and explaining Council’s work at the Alice Springs Jobs Fair, held on 16 November 2021 in Alice Springs.

The Job Fair was an event organised...