MacDonnell Region

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MacDonnell Regional Council
Northern Territory
MacDonnell Shire.jpg
Population6,029 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.0224306/km2 (0.058095/sq mi)
Area268,784.20 km2 (103,778.2 sq mi)
MayorSid Anderson
Council seatAlice Springs (not part of council)
RegionAlice Springs Region
Territory electorate(s)Namatjira, Stuart
Federal Division(s)Lingiari
MacDonnell Regional Council Logo.png
WebsiteMacDonnell Regional Council
LGAs around MacDonnell Regional Council:
Halls Creek Central Desert Boulia
Halls Creek MacDonnell Regional Council Diamantina
East Pilbara unincorporated area unincorporated area

The MacDonnell Regional Council is a local government area of the Northern Territory, Australia. The region covers an area of 268,784 square kilometres (103,778 square miles) and has an estimated population of around 6,000 people as at the 2016 Census.


MacDonnell Regional Council occupies the south of the Northern Territory and is the only LGA that borders with South Australia, specifically with Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara in the southwest and the unincorporated area in the southeast.

Alice Springs and Yulara are enclaves within the LGA.


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 MacDonnell Shire Council was created on 1 July 2008 as were the remaining ten shires. On 1 January 2014, it was renamed MacDonnell Region.

Elections of shire councillors were held on 25 October 2008. The current President (Mayor) of the MacDonnell Region is Sid Anderson.

Community Government Councils merged into the MacDonnell Shire as did a large area of unincorporated area. The existing Community Government Councils and one regional council were (they are towns now, see below):


The MacDonnell Regional Council is divided into 4 wards, which are governed by 12 councillors:

  • Rodinga (4)
  • Ljirapinta (2)
  • Luritja Pintubi (4)
  • Iyarrka (3)

Towns by ward[edit]

The following towns fall within the four wards as follows:,[2] with population figures as of 30 June 2007:[3]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "MacDonnell (R)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 December 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-11. Retrieved 2009-07-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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