Established as a Catholic Mission in the 1950s, Santa Teresa became home to people from Alice Springs and the mission at the former gold mining town of Arltunga. Known as Ltyentye Apurte to the local Eastern Arrernte speakers, Santa Teresa is 85km south east of Alice Springs and within the Rodinga Ward of the MacDonnell Regional Council.
Services provided to the 555 inhabitants of Santa Teresa by the MacDonnell Regional Council include cemetery maintenance, rubbish collection and tip maintenance, internal roads maintenance, parks and open spaces and sporting grounds.
On behalf of the Northern Territory Government, the Council provides airstrip maintenance as well as Commonwealth Government funded services, including operating children’s services, youth development services and night patrol services. Council is also contracted by Power Water Corporation to maintain the water and sewerage facilities, Australia Post to provide postal delivery services and by Centrelink to provide its services through an agency in its Council office.
Other facilities of the Santa Teresa community include a General Store, Fuel Supply, Primary School, Art and Craft Centre, Health Clinic, Police Station and Church.