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Welcome to the Central Desert Regional Council

Hello and welcome

Welcome to the Central Desert Regional Council's 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


For messages in other languages visit SecureNT Recordings in Aboriginal Languages


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

 The April 2020 edition of the Central Desert News is out now! You can view it by opening the attachment below. Do you want to receive the newsletter by email?  Please subscribe to our newsletter and media release mailing list by clicking subscribe on the right hand side of this page. 
The Atitjere office is promoting good health and hygiene practices in the lead up to flu season and in preparation of a possible Corona virus outbreak.  The TV screen which usually has community pictures displayed is currently running the SecureNT COVID-19 information slides.  The Council Office has plenty of information on display and has worked closely with the local Clinic to help promote healthy...
 Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) has upgraded the lighting in the Atitjere office to comply with Work, Health and Safety and as an added bonus will cut the cost of lighting electricity usage by at least fifty percent. The old fluorescent lights were removed and new LED strip lighting has been installed.  “The quality of the light in the office is now amazing!  A win – win in our books as we now have...
 The road to Lajamanu via Yuendumu has been closed for a while, and the community was completely closed off for about ten days, but it’s not all bad news. The young people have been having fun in Hooker Creek at Lajamanu, with boating and swimming the flavour of the day. Just don’t forget your lifejackets next time, kids! The road to Lajamanu is open via the Buchanan Highway, but as always, drive to...