Regional Plan


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With the new local government general elections on the 26th August 2017, this plan is the first for the current Council and outlines our strategy for the next four years and for this term of Council. Central Desert Regional Council remains focused on delivering services for the benefit of our communities and residents under the overall strategy of “two ways, one outcome; indigenous and non-indigenous people working together”. Our vision is Central Desert people have equality of access to services and opportunities that enhance their well-being.

 As part of our planning process, the Council has considered the priorities of the local communities as outlined in their community plans, as well as reviewed the opportunities and challenges facing the Council. Within each Community the Council continues to work with Local Authorities to identify key projects. A full list of community priorities are identified in the Community Plans. As a Council we have identified a number of priorities for the coming year and the community plans are documented along with the regional plan on our web site. I would like to express my thanks to all Local Authority member and congratulate them on they work they do. The other councillors and I value the ongoing input and contribution from our Local Authorities.


 Once again we are facing another year of tight budgets. Council is committed to maintaining our service levels in our communities and maintaining community positions. As a Council we develop the capacity of our local staff at every opportunity and will continue to seek opportunities for local people to take on supervisor roles.

 My continuing thanks to the councillors, local authority members and staff for all their hard work.

 Adrian Dixon
Council President


2018-2022 Regional Plan (Year 3)

Central Desert Regional Council presents its 2018-22 (Year Three) Regional Council Plan (which includes our 2020/21 Annual Council plan and budget).


A copy is available to download below or at our Office at 1 Bagot Street, Alice Springs.


Please email all correspondence regarding the Plan to

2018/2022 Regional Plan (Year 2)

2018-22 Regional Council Plan (Year two).

2018/2022 Regional Plan (Year 1)

The 2018-19 Regional Council Plan (Year one) was adopted at a Special Council meeting on Monday 30 July 2018 and can be accessed here.

2017/2018 Regional Council Plan

Council's 2017/2018 Regional Council Plan can be accessed here.

2016/2017 Regional Council Plan

As part of the Council’s planning process, the staff and Councillors undertook a number of community planning meetings.  I was able to attend a number of these sessions and was extremely pleased by the great participation of community members.

It gives me great pleasure to see local people making decisions for their communities and giving good advice to the Council.

In this plan, community members will be able to see their priorities and ideas reflected in the Council actions.  The other Councillors and I have also worked hard to ensure that spending is spread fairly between communities.

I am very pleased to see that the Northern Territory Government has continued its funding of the Local Authority Projects as this provides an important funds for our Local Authorities to direct to projects in their community.

Over the past twelve months we have seen many projects undertaken with the assistance of Granites Mine Affected Area Aboriginal Corporation (GMAAAC) funding and leasing funding.  This willingness by community to support Council initiatives provides me with great confidence that the Council is listening to its communities.  I very much hope that this will continue into 2016/17.

In this plan, the Council continues to prioritise community-based positions where possible.  Currently, nearly 80% of all positions are based in community and, as staff housing in communities becomes available, this is set to increase.  We are also investing in training and development of our staff and we continue to see healthy numbers of local people taking supervisory positions. 

Although we are facing another year of tight budgets, our service levels in our communities will be maintained.  In addition, thanks to additional funding, we are able extend our services.  I am very pleased to see Engawala being the recipient of Strong Families and Communities funding which has means that this community will see the establishment of a much needed playgroup.  Council will also receive additional funding to support youth in Atitjere.

My continuing thanks to the Councillors, local authority members and staff for all their hard work.

Cr Adrian Dixon
Council President

2015/2016 Regional Council Plan

I am pleased to present the Regional Council Plan for 2015/2016.  The creation of the Plan is a major activity for the Council incorporating ideas from across our communities and especially ideas from our Local Authorities. 

The plan provides the Council and its residents and ratepayers with a broad vision for the future of the region and a road map for achieving the Council’s vision.

This year has seen a major change in the Council’s funding arrangements with a significant change to the Federal Government grant funding as the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) is introduced.  The Council has been fortunate to secure most of the Federal funding requested and this will enable the Council to continue many of the programs that have been operating well in the past.

Also, this year saw the Federal Governments freeze on their Federal Assistance Grants come into effect.   The loss of automatic inflationary indexing on grants will continue to erode the Council’s income particularly as this policy appears to have been applied to the new IAS funding and other federal funding.  The Council continues to focus on efficiencies and improving productivity and I am confident that with the continued involvement of Local Authorities, the Council will continue to focus on improving our communities and ensuring they stay as great places to live.

I am confident that by working together, Council, Local Authorities and community residents can continue to support and build our communities and work towards a brighter future.

My thanks to the Councillors, Local Authority members and staff for all their hard work.  Together we are making a difference that we can be all be proud of.

Adrian Dixon
Council President


2014/2015 Regional Council Plan

I am pleased to present the Regional Council Plan for 2014/2015. This plan is the product of a long and detailed process in which feedback and ideas are sought from Council, community and staff.

The plan provides the Council and its residents and ratepayers with a broad vision for the future of the region and a road map for achieving the Council’s vision. At a recent workshop with Councillors, the Vision and Mission of the Council were discussed and it is pleasing to see the strong support and commitment to the idea of working together to achieve great outcomes.

As we plan for the 2014/2015 financial year the Council has had to make a number of difficult decisions. Due to the loss of major commercial contracts the Council is facing a substantial reduction in income. The Council has been forced to adopt rates increases to partly compensate for this loss. The Council has also looked at its own operations to reduce waste and increase efficiency. In some cases this also means reducing nonessential services.

It is important at this time that the Council’s community members and stakeholders work together to ensure that the Council can work effectively. This can be as simple as picking up rubbish and putting the rubbish bins out in the right place for collection, but it also means ensuring that community facilities such as parks and buildings are looked after. It doesn’t matter whether you are employed by the Council or not, we all have a responsibility to look after our communities.

I am confident that by working together, Council, Local Authorities and community residents can continue to support and build our communities and work towards a bright future.

Thank you Councillors, Local Authority members and staff for the hard work you do. Together we make an organisation we can be all be proud of.

Adrian Dixon

2013/2014 Shire Plan

I am really pleased to present the Council plan for 2013/14.  This is a big picture plan, it tells the story of what we want to do, what we hope to achieve over the next year. 

But this is not just the Council’s plan. It belongs to everyone in the Central Desert region. All the residents and the workers have played their part in this plan being put together. You may not realise it but it’s true.  If you’re talking to a councillor or a Local Board member, if you’re a worker in Childcare or Aged Care, if you’re working for the Shire in the office or at the depot, if you talk to the SSM about how to do things better or ideas about what you want for your community, you are helping develop our Council Plan. That’s where your ideas end up, in this plan.

It’s really important that we continue to provide local ideas. Over the past twelve months the Local Boards have worked really well and have put forward great ideas.  It’s also important that we try to find local solutions to local problems. That’s why this year we will continue to support and work closely with the Local Boards, we’re going to be looking for increased leadership from the Local Boards and we’re going to be putting a lot of effort into developing community plans that clearly say what each community wants, in the short term and the long term. We need a vision that we can all work towards, that’s what our community plans will give us.

The Regional Council also wants to make sure that the services that we are providing continue to be of a high standard. But we are also always on the look out for ways of doing things better.  The Council is changing the way we go about our business giving more decision making power to Council Services Managers and Coordinators in communities so that they can respond quicker to your request and needs.

We have also changed some of the ways we do our business to make sure we are keeping up with the reforms being brought in by the Northern Territory and Commonwealth Government. We think that we are pretty well placed to meet any of the challenges presented by the reforms because we have made the smart decisions already so many of the changes Government is suggesting we are already doing.

Managing the whole of life business that the Central Desert Regional Council does is a difficult job but it’s very rewarding. We see people’s lives improving, we see communities developing, people actively using services and participating in events, we see people going to work and to school, working hard and improving themselves and their families. That is what makes being part of the council so rewarding.

I would like to thank the Councillors, the Local Boards and the staff of the Central Desert Regional Council for making the Council a great place to work, for doing excellent work and for making the Council an organisation we can be very proud of.

Cr Adrian Dixon


2012/2013 Shire Plan

2011/2012 Shire Plan

Please find in the attachments below a link to the Central Desert Shire Council's Shire Plan for 2011/12.

Central Desert Shire Council is proud of it’s achievements to date and is determined that it will have a greater future. Central Desert Shire, in looking to that future must plan for that future. Council acknowledges that planning is the cornerstone of the management process and it needs to take a proactive approach to its operations and to have a clear focus and direction.

The 2011/2012 Shire Plan sets the direction for Council’s operations, service delivery, decisions, policies and budgets over the next year, four years and beyond. It sets out the key issues to be pursued by Council to address the community’s needs and aspirations. The Shire Plan will drive Council’s decision making and resource allocation.

By Council’s adoption of this Shire Plan strategic benefits in pursuing its Vision, Mission Statement and Goals are clearly delivered through:

  • Strategic direction being set for the organisation.
  • Council’s statutory obligations under the Northern Territory Local Government Act 2008 being met.
  • Leadership and direction being provided to the organisation.
  • The appropriate processes of decision making being identified and exercised.
  • Key policies and programs being set, directed and reviewed.
  • Ongoing reviews of the plan promoting performance assessment.

For other plans and strategies please see the various plans and strategies under the Corporate Documents page.

2010/2011 Shire Plan

Please see below for the 2010/2011 Shire Plan.

2009/2010 Shire Plan

Please see the attachments below for the 2009/2010 Shire Plan.

2008/2009 Shire Plan

Please see file attachments below.