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International singing star Isaiah Firebrace played a free concert at the Ti Tree oval on 15 October, organised and supported by staff from Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC). The young indigenous man was raised in Victoria; his mother is Gunditjmara and his father is Yorta Yorta.  He won Australian X-Factor in 2016 and represented Australia at Eurovision in 2017, coming ninth. Families from Ti Tree,...
The men from Laramba Community Development Program (CDP) have cultivated a market garden, making planter boxes out of old fridges and washing machine drums. They weed each of the planter boxes and the surrounding ground by hand, prune the tomatoes, water and fertilise the vegetables and fruit trees.Laramba CDP is harvesting rain water and they have two tanks for drinking water. One tank holds 22,500 litres...
Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) has three finalists in the 2019 Territory Tidy Towns Sustainable Awards this year – Laramba, Ti Tree and Wilora. The winners will be announced on 29 November.The Community Development Program (CDP) men’s team at Laramba have been busy with their Tidy Towns preparation ahead of the judging.  They have been collecting rubbish around the streets near the activity centre...
 The Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) Community Development Program (CDP) team in Yuelamu have started the month of November off with a bang.The men have been working together to improve the roads in Yuelamu by filling in potholes and gaining skills that may help them to get jobs.Main picture: Richie Morton, Maitland Nelson and Raymond Leo hard at work.At the last funeral in town Nick Muirhead, CDP...
 Michael Wehr of Lot 19 cleaned up first prize in the Engawala Tidy Yard Competition in September, ran by Central Desert Regional Council. The winning property is pictured.The Police Officers from Harts Range gladly accepted the challenge of being the judges. They were very impressed with how tidy the small community of Engawala is.Second place was awarded to Diane and Maureen Dixon of Lot 14 (CDRC...
The Yuelamu CDRC Municipal Services Team decided to give the Yuelamu office an upgrade. Our Works crew removed the garden beds at the front of the Yuelamu office and installed new ones using tyres from our Landfill, incorporating recycling into the new look. They planted drought resistant natives with lawn seed sewed into the verges to help with dust oppression. The result has been fantastic and the...
Residents at Wilora, some 55km north of Ti Tree in the Central Desert region, are taking the initiative for working and projects in their community.After Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) installed a new kitchen in Wilora in August for the Community Development Program (CDP), it is being used to run the CDP Health and Nutrition program for Wilora.It took local CDP participants two days to set it up,...
The 2018-19 Central Desert Regional Council Annual Report has been sent to the NT Minister and is now available. You can read it here or download a copy of the attachment below. Over the last year the Council has faced a number of challenges including a continued reduction in operational funding, ongoing cost shifting from other tiers of government and changes to significant funding agreements.  Despite...
Joe Marshall of Lajamanu has become the newest councillor (Cr) in the ward of Northern Tanami in the Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC).The Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) held a by-election in September after the previous councillor, Norbert Patrick, resigned. Mr Patrick was also the Deputy President, and the Council has now made Cr Warren Williams the new Deputy President.“I would like...
On 4 September, the Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) Willowra Works team began construction on the Granites Mines Affected Areas Aboriginal Corporation (GMAAAC) funded West Side Park in Willowra, a community located 340km north-west of Alice Springs.The construction includes shade shelters and seating for over 30 people.“These parks will increase the liveability of the community, which aligns with...

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