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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.


COVID-19 Important Information

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

  • Soon everyone here in the Territory will be asked to get a vaccine needle against the COVID-19 virus.
  • That vaccine medicine is safe and free.
  • You will need to get it 2 times and we ask that you get these needles it 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. If you want to know more. Our 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 the region

The Atitjere Local Authority (LA) decided they wanted barbecues in their community – and they got them. Two fixed barbecues were located at sites that the community wanted for family gatherings and social events, and a barbecue trailer is an asset to both Atitjere and the surrounding outstations, as it can be used for a variety of functions ranging from birthdays to funerals and...

In a report that came out 24 February 2021, the Anmatjere Flexible Aged Care Service (Ti Tree) was given a tick of approval by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

The service, run by Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC), was considered to be compliant with the requirements set out in the Aged Care Quality Standards. These standards are developed by...

The Imparja Cup 2021 finals took place on Friday 19 February and it came down to the last over in the grand final for the Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) Laramba team who almost took out the title.

After playing six games through the rounds and then winning their semi-final, the Laramba team played in the Statewide Super Women’s Community Division Grand Final against the team Ladeez (Alice...

On Tuesday 17 February Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) municipal crews from Anmatjere (Ti Tree), Laramba and Yuelamu attended a four wheel drive training course in Alice Springs.

The attendees were Mack Murphy, Norman Hagan and Cliffy Tommy from Yuelamu; Billy Briscoe and Caesar Tilmouth from Laramba; and Elias Birch Baird from Anmatjere.