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Welcome to the Central Desert Regional Council

Hello and welcome

Welcome to the Central Desert Regional Council website.

As a Public Health Emergency has been declared, for official information on the COVID-19 virus please visit

Below are some recordings of important 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.

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

 Monday 6 July is a day off work for Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) staff due to the NAIDOC week celebrations. And even though the rest of Australia has postponed the celebrations until November CDRC have decided to go ahead with the celebrations on Tuesday 7 July. The weather is perfect for it this time of year and the Council has its COVID-19 plans in place. The celebrations will happen on each...
Engawala Field officers, Bruno Tilmouth and Eric Tilmouth (pictured), have been hard at work remarking the lines on the community’s speed bumps. Now drivers will be able to see the speed bumps better, and slow down for them. This will make the streets of Engawala safer and the bottoms of the local cars less sore.The completed speed bump.
Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC), with help from Mt Allen School’s Principal Phil Bartley and the teachers, are running an artwork competition in Yuelamu as part of their NAIDOC week celebrations.The school has incorporated the competition into their classes and the students have created posters, clay bowls, canvas works and modeling clay model huts of local bush camps to enter the competition, with...
 Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) is running a Clean Houses video/photo competition. Collect your cleaning pack from the Council office and film yourself and your family cleaning your home. Make it fun and creative! Entry is open to residents of Atitjere, Engawala, Laramba, Ti-Tree region, Willowra, Yuelamu and Yuendumu.