Barkly Region

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Barkly Regional Council
Northern Territory
Barkly Shire.jpg
Population6,655 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.0206348/km2 (0.053444/sq mi)
Area322,514 km2 (124,523.4 sq mi)
Council seatTennant Creek
RegionBarkly Tableland
Territory electorate(s)Barkly
Federal Division(s)Lingiari
Barkly Regional Council Logo.png
WebsiteBarkly Regional Council
LGAs around Barkly Regional Council:
Victoria Daly Roper Gulf Burke
Victoria Daly Barkly Regional Council Mount Isa
Central Desert Central Desert Boulia

The Barkly Regional Council is a local government area of the Northern Territory, Australia. The region's main town is Tennant Creek. The region covers an area of 322,514 square kilometres (124,523 sq mi) and had a population of over 6,500 as at the 2016 Census.


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 Barkly Shire was created on 1 July 2008 as were the remaining ten shires. On 1 January 2014, it was renamed Barkly Region.[2]

The most recent elections of Councillors were held on 26 August 2017. The current President (Mayor) of the Region is Steve Edgington.

In 2019, a proposal was made to build a 15,000-hectare solar farm in the region, which would become the world’s largest solar project.[3]


The Barkly Regional Council is divided into 4 wards, which is governed by a President and 12 councillors across four wards:

  • Alyawarr Ward (South) (4)
  • Patta Ward (West) (5)
  • Kuwarrangu (until 2016 Yapakurlangu) (Northeast) (2)
  • Alpururrulam Ward (Southeast) (1)

Localities and communities[edit]

Land within the Barkly Region was divided during 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".[4][5]




  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Barkly (R)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 December 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  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:
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  4. ^ "Northern Territory localities and suburbs". Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Barkly". Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 25 April 2019.

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Coordinates: 26°35′35″S 118°29′28″E / 26.5931°S 118.4911°E / -26.5931; 118.4911