Central Desert Region

The Central Desert Regional Council is a local government area of the Northern Territory, Australia. The Council's main towns are Ti-Tree, Yuendumu and Lajamanu. The Region covers an area of 282,090 square kilometres (108,916 sq mi) and had a population of over 3,500 people as at the 2016 Census.

Central Desert Regional Council
Northern Territory
Population3,677 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.0130348/km2 (0.033760/sq mi)
Area282,090 km2 (108,915.6 sq mi)
Council seatAlice Springs (outside LGA)
RegionAlice Springs Region
Territory electorate(s)Stuart
Federal Division(s)Lingiari
WebsiteCentral Desert Regional Council
LGAs around Central Desert Regional Council:
Halls Creek Victoria Daly
Mount Isa
Halls Creek Central Desert Regional Council Boulia
Halls Creek MacDonnell Diamantina


In October 2006 the Northern Territory Government announced the reform of local government areas. The intention of the reform was to improve and expand the delivery of services to towns and communities across the Northern Territory by establishing eleven new Shires. The Central Desert Shire was created on 1 July 2008.

Elections of councillors were held on 25 October 2008. The President (Mayor) of the Central Desert Regional Council is Adrian Dixon and the Deputy President is Norbert Jampijinpa Patrick.

Much of the council's area had been unincorporated, and several Community Government Councils were merged into the Central Desert Region. These were:

Changes to the NT Local Government Legislation in 2013 changed the names of Shire to Regional Councils and thus the Central Desert Shire became the Central Desert Regional Council with effect from 1 January 2014.[2]


The Central Desert Regional Council is divided into 4 wards, which is governed by 12 councillors across four wards:

  • Northern Tanami (2)
  • Southern Tanami (4)
  • Anmatjere (4)
  • Akityarre (2)

Localities and communities

Land within the Central Desert Region was divided in 2007 into bounded areas for the purpose of creating an address for a property. The bounded areas are called "localities" with those localities associated with aboriginal communities being called "communities".[3][4]




  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Central Desert (R)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  2. TOLLNER, DAVID WILLIAM (18 December 2013). "Local Government Act CHANGES TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS AND COUNCILS" (PDF). Northern Territory Government Gazette. Northern Territory Government. p. 3. Retrieved 26 April 2019. with effect from 1 January 2014:
  3. "Northern Territory localities and suburbs". Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  4. "Central Desert". Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 25 April 2019.

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