Central Desert Region

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Central Desert Regional Council
Northern Territory
Central Desert Shire.jpg
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
Central Desert Regional Council Logo.png
WebsiteCentral Desert Regional Council
LGAs around Central Desert Regional Council:
Victoria Daly Barkly Mount Isa
Halls Creek Central Desert Regional Council Boulia
Halls Creek MacDonnell Diamantina

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.


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.[when?]

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.


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)


Towns, with population figures as of Census of 2006:


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Central Desert (R)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 December 2017. Edit this at Wikidata

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