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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 COVID-19 please visit

Please click Statement of Commitment to view the Central Desert Regional Council COVID-19 Statement of Commitment.


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.

COVID-19 Important Information

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

Yuendumu has made the Central Australian Football League’s Central Desert Regional Council Senior Men’s division two grand final with a very close win over Areyonga last weekend. The final scores were 7.11-53 to 7.10-52.

Yuelamu also made the grand final after a gutsy win against Nyirripi. The scores ended at 11.14-80 to 9.3-57.


As the weather warms it pays to remember the importance of being alert when handling bins and other equipment around community. 

“Today whilst undertaking some routine maintenance on a bore compound I uncovered a juvenile Mulga snake curled up under a rubbish bin,” said Warren Kenney, the Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) Atitjere Community Services...

The Local Authorities (LA) in seven of the Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) communities purchased either one or two 2000 litre water trailers to use at sporting events, sorry camps and other temporary events where drinking water is needed.

Yuendumu and Lajamanu bought two each and Atitjere, Yuelamu, Nyirripi, Laramba and Engawala bought one each.


Community members from Laramba travelled to Alice Springs to represent Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) in a Central Australian slow pitch softball competition on 12 and 13 September 2020.

The annual Softball NT championships that were to be held in Alice Springs this year were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, so Softball NT held this competition...