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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

National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May to 3 June, 2020.To celebrate, Indigenous Events NT is holding a Photo competition with the theme from National Reconciliation Week – In This Together.They want you to take a photo that shows what reconciliation looks like to you and to upload it to You could win an IPad.
Billy Briscoe, a Laramba indigenous man, has been acting in the Community Services Coordinator (CSC) role for several months. It was intended Billy would be mentored to step into the role by an on-the-ground manager, however this has not been possible. Billy has embraced the higher level of responsibility and is achieving key goals in Laramba, such as traffic management and rubbish reduction. Council...
 In January the Atitjere Field Officers undertook some computer training, some having not been in the system.  They were then able to enter information on their time cards directly into Tech One, the software that Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) uses, as well as other computer related tasks. Fast forward to May and two of the Field Officers are working together, helping each other to input timesheet...
  The communities of Engawala and Yuelamu received some welcomed donations to assist everyone throughout the Coronavirus period.  Central Australian Youth Link-Up Service (CAYLUS) made a donation of sports balls, basketball singlets and shorts, and football and cricket boots. The sports balls were handed out to individuals to help keep them active in a safe way during the Coronavirus period, while the...