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Municipal Services

The Council is responsible for a wide range of municipal services to communities within the region.  The Council provides:

- Maintenance and Upgrade of Parks, Reserves and Open Spaces
- Management of Cemeteries
- Lighting for Public Safety, including Street Lighting 
- Local Road Upgrading and Construction
- Local Road Maintenance 
- Traffic Management on Local Roads 
- Fleet, Plant and Equipment Maintenance
- Waste Management (including litter reduction)
- Weed Control and Fire Hazard Reduction in and around community areas
- Companion Animal Welfare and Control
- Emergency Recovery

Waste Management

Council adopted the Waste Management Strategy in June 2010. You can read it in the attachment beolw. The strategy outlines the Council's commitment to:

  • Managing waste in a sustainable manner that minimises environmental and social impacts including negative health impacts.
  • Providing reliable and effective municipal waste collection services.
  • Promoting waste minimisation and optimising resource recovery.
  • Actively manage waste landfill sites in accordance with legislative guidelines, local needs and expectations, and Council policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a high level of public amenity and minimise negative impacts associated with the management of waste.
  • Ensuring that appropriate cost recovery is achieved for collection, management and disposal of waste not associated with municipal services.
  • Maintaining an accurate register of decommissioned and rehabilitated waste pits.

Council adopted the Yuendumu Landfill Environmental Management Plan in February 2015. The plan details the actions and procedures to be carried out during the operation and post closure phases of the Yuendumu landfill in order to mitigate any adverse impacts to the environment where practicable. You can read it in the attachment below.

Animal Management

The Council is committed to providing animal management services to the Council's communities and several major outstations.  The Council undertakes regular routine vet visits. During these visits dogs are treated for internal and external parasites, de-sexed (with the owner’s consent) or put down (with the owner’s consent). Vets were also asked to support local participation in animal management and promote education about animal management.

For more information on the Council's approach please click on the Council's Policies Page to view the Animal Management Policy.

Planning and Development

The Northern Territory Government Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is responsible for administering the Northern Territory Planning Scheme which covers developments within the Council region, outside of communities.

Visit the Department‘s web site at Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.

For more information on planning and development within communities please contact the Director Council Services on 8958 9500

Subdivisional Guidelines

Council has a subdivision and development guideline that should be used by anyone wanting to develop or redevelop property within the Central Desert Council communities. The guideline provides council philosophies and policies when undertaking development works. It includes the planning process, construction requirements, maintenance and approvals. You can read the Subdivisional Guidelines in the attachment below.