MacDonnell Regional Council regularly communicates to its constituents and stakeholders about issues and service delivery across the region. Please select from our archive below or refine your search by media releases, newsletters or other items.
18 September 2017
MacDonnell Regional Council appoints its President and Deputy
download media release as PDF Following the 2017 NT local government elections MacDonnell Regional Council held its first meeting on Friday 15 September. Newly elected councillors joined with...
4 September 2017
MacDonnell Council election results
download media release as PDF The twelve members elected to the third council of the MacDonnell Regional Council where declared today by the NT Electoral Commission. Elections were conducted...
4 September 2017
The twelve members elected to the third council of the MacDonnell Regional Council where declared at 12noon today by the NT Electoral Commission. The NT Electoral Commission joined candidates and...
30 August 2017
Finke road closure
Town of Finke Permanent closure of existing road reserve between Lot 61 and Lot 62 At the request of the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, MacDonnell Regional Council is...
26 August 2017
Council voting closes
Voting for the 2017 NT Local Government election closed at 6pm on Saturday 26 August. MacDonnell Regional Council elects twelve members from its four wards. Councillors are elected for four year...
5 July 2017
Yamba says bin it
Yamba recently dropped into Santa Teresa to launch a Tidy Towns Roadshow featuring songs to teach children and their parents about recycling and the health benefits of a tidy town. The famous...
3 July 2017
2017-21 Regional Plan released
MacDonnell Regional Council’s 2017-2021 Regional Plan was adopted at its Ordinary Council Meeting on 30 June 2017. Copies are available at the public office on the corner of South Terrace and...
26 June 2017
Yamba joins locals for Tidy Towns Family Day
download media release as PDF Thursday 29 June looks set to be a big day in the Santa Teresa social calendar. Yamba the Honeyant’s new roadshow featuring songs to teach children and their...
9 May 2017
Areyonga heading “overseas” for awards ceremony
download media release as PDF Proud residents of Areyonga will fly from the Northern Territory to Tasmania to attend the national Tidy Towns awards ceremony this week, hoping to win the 2017...
4 May 2017
Areyonga, the beautiful.
Having been named the Territory Tidy Town, the people of Areyonga recently showcased their community to the national Tidy Town judge ahead of attending the national awards in Tasmania this month...
6 March 2017
Santa never made it into Kintore
A big rain came and rushed through the community – over 200mm of rain fell in less than 2 hours. The rain set water rushing off the two nearby mountains. When a blockage formed in a creek behind...
10 January 2017
Kintore council workers get their first rest since Christmas
download media release as PDF MacDonnell Regional Council workers in the Kintore community have been working long days since heavy rain caused flooding in their community on Christmas Day. The...
19 December 2016
the Territory’s tidiest town is…
Areyonga won the major award of the Territory’s Tidy Town competition at the 2016 Keep Australia Beautiful (NT) Awards and will go on to represent the Northern Territory at the national awards...
8 November 2016
Annual Report 2015/16 tabled
MacDonnell Regional Council advises that its Annual Report for the financial year ended 30 June 2016 is available at their public office on the corner of South Terrace and Bagot Street, Alice...
22 October 2016
Hidden gem discovered by Territory Tidy Town awards
download media release as PDF Upon being named this year’s Territory Tidy Town at last night’s Keep Australia Beautiful (NT) awards ceremony, Areyonga will cease to be the best kept secret of...
18 October 2016
MacDonnell Council workers carry the hopes of their region
download media alert as PDF Workers representing four MacDonnell Regional Council communities are travelling to Darwin to attend the 2016 Northern Territory Tidy Towns awards ceremony this Friday...
5 October 2016
MacYouth Women’s Softball team returns from the 2016 NT State Championships in Darwin with the Division 2 Women’s Softball title. Being only the second year MacYouth supported a softball team to...
4 August 2016
Special look around our communities
It has been two years since our thirteen Local Boards were replaced as Local Authorities. The new Local Authorities have been funded annually to support projects that bring much needed improvements...
24 June 2016
Regional Plan 2016-2020 released
MacDonnell Regional Council’s Regional Plan 2016-2020 was adopted at its Ordinary Council Meeting on 24 June 2016. Copies are available at the public office on the corner of South Terrace and...
11 April 2016
One of the best in Australia
Keep Australia Beautiful’s annual Tidy Town awards ceremony last month saw Mount Liebig community receive its inaugural Special Commendation award. Eight years after Aboriginal communities in the...
21 March 2016
Mt Liebig’s efforts awarded nationally
Media release as downloadable PDF At the Keep Australia Beautiful national Tidy Town Awards this weekend, the hard work of the Mt Liebig community was honoured when they were named the inaugural...
16 March 2016
Mt Liebig on show in Western Australia
Media Release as downloadable PDF After being named Territory Tidy Town at last year’s NT awards ceremony, a contingent of MacDonnell Regional Council staff from Mt Liebig is set to travel to...
26 February 2016
Roxanne Kenny elected as new Council President
Download media release as PDF In addressing the resignation of Sid Anderson as President, at their Ordinary meeting today, the MacDonnell Regional Council has elected Roxanne Kenny as their new...
23 February 2016
4000 Trees project funded
Download media release as PDF Minister for Local Government and Community Services, and Parks and Wildlife, Bess Price has provided the MacDonnell Regional Council with a $100,000 grant for their...
22 February 2016
Council to elect a new President
Download media release as PDF At the Ordinary Meeting of the MacDonnell Regional Council this Friday 26 February, an immediate item of business will be to accept the resignation of Sid Anderson...
19 February 2016
President Sid Anderson to be honoured
Download media alert as PDF MacDonnell Regional Council has organised a reception to be held on the eve of President Sid Anderson’s resignation from Council. The reception, to be attended by...
11 February 2016
President Anderson is stepping aside
With a heavy heart Sid Anderson announced, to his fellow Councillors in their December meeting, his intention to resign as President. He described how he was no longer able to travel the necessary...
16 December 2015
Mt Liebig ready to celebrate their win with special guests
After being named Territory Tidy Town at the recent awards ceremony, the MacDonnell Regional Council community of Mount Liebig is set to celebrate the best way they know how – around a barbeque...
11 December 2015
Early retirement for Council's President
At the MacDonnell Regional Council meeting today, President Sid Anderson announced his resignation from the executive role on the grounds of health issues. Effective at the next Council meeting on...
8 December 2015
Community efforts in Mount Liebig rewarded
Everyone in Mount Liebig is a winner. This was recognised recently by Keep Australia Beautiful (NT) when they named the community as the 2015 Territory Tidy Town. Residents regularly engaging in...
11 November 2015
Annual Report 2014 / 15 tabled
MacDonnell Regional Council advises that its Annual Report for the financial year ended 30 June 2015 is available at their public office on the corner of South Terrace and Bagot Street, Alice...
23 October 2015
MacDonnell Council keeps cleaning up at Territory Tidy Town awards
MacDonnell Regional Council has gone from strength to strength in the Territory Tidy Town Awards. At this year’s awards ceremony, held in Katherine, the MacDonnell Regional Council again emerged...
20 October 2015
Our Tidy Town nominees travel to awards ceremony
Workers representing six MacDonnell Regional Council communities are travelling to Katherine to attend the 2015 Northern Territory Tidy Towns award ceremony this Friday evening. For the Civil Works...
9 September 2015
Wallace Rockhole is open for business…
Following the completion of MacDonnell Regional Council’s upgrade of the access road linking Wallace Rockhole to Larapinta Drive, tourists can now drive regular cars to experience the rock art and...
30 July 2015
Council welcomes renal patient support!
MacDonnell Regional Council welcomes the joint announcement yesterday by Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash and the Territory Minister for Housing, Bess Price – of $10 million...
17 July 2015
Regional Plan 2015-2019 released
MacDonnell Regional Council’s Draft Regional Plan 2015-2019 was adopted at its Ordinary Council Meeting on 26 June 2015. Copies are available at the public office on the corner of South Terrace...
15 July 2015
Wallace Rockhole more accessible to tourists
Tourists can now drive regular vehicles to experience the rock art and dot painting tours offered in the Wallace Rockhole community. This is now possible following the completion of the MacDonnell...
29 May 2015
Draft Regional Plan 2015-2019
MacDonnell Regional Council’s Draft Regional Plan 2015-2019 is available for inspection at their public office on the corner of South Terrace and Bagot Street, Alice Springs. Or it can be download...
15 April 2015
Wallace Rockhole: 4 Star jewel in the Western MacDonnell Ranges
This Tuesday 21 April, Keep Australia Beautiful NT is hosting a celebration for the Wallace Rockhole community to launch the new Territory Tidy Town initiative promoting both clean accessible towns...
2 April 2015
Daring to dream
Residents of MacDonnell Regional Council are encouraged to dream and are supported to reach their goals. Council’s strategic Vision even states that we are: many voices, one dream, building a quality desert lifestyle.
27 March 2015
Whispers of change
Residents of remote Central Australian Aboriginal communities are worried about their future. Article in The Centralian Advocate on Friday 27 March 2015.
13 March 2015
Desert dream in danger
Comment piece for The Centralian Advocate on Friday 13 March 2015 by MacDonnell Regional Council President, Sid Anderson.
9 March 2015
‘Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs’ directly attacks remote Aboriginal wellbeing
Tony Abbott’s motherhood statement of being the ‘Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs’ has proved to be worth nothing more than another broken promise. Tony Abbott’s foray into Indigenous...
1 March 2015
Titjikala receives national Heritage & Culture Award
Nestled among red sand dunes on the edge of the Simpson Desert, Titjikala’s 200 residents were honoured and extremely happy on Friday night to learn their community received the Heritage and...
20 February 2015
Territory’s best: Titjikala on show in Tasmania
A contingent of MacDonnell Regional Council staff from Titjikala is set to travel to Sheffield in Tasmania to represent the Northern Territory in the Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Town Awards. The...
6 February 2015
Our proud boss
Territory Tidy Towns awards presentation night consolidated for our leaders, the level of staff achievement they had seen grow steadily over the years. Among the winners from our communities...
15 December 2014
Titjikala ready to celebrate their wins with special guests
After being named Territory Tidy Town for a second successive year, the MacDonnell Regional Council community of Titjikala is set to celebrate the best way they know how – around a barbeque...
10 December 2014
Titjikala celebrating two in a row!
After being named Territory Tidy Town for a second successive year, the MacDonnell Regional Council community of Titjikala is set to celebrate the best way they know how – with its residents and...
14 November 2014
Annual Report 2013-2014 tabled
MacDonnell Regional Council advises that its Annual Report for the financial year ended 30 June 2014 is available at their public office on the corner of South Terrace and Bagot Street,...
24 October 2014
MacDonnell Council cleans up at 2014 Territory Tidy Town awards
MacDonnell Regional Council goes from strength to strength as it continues to bring improvement to its residents’ quality of life. This was recognised again on Friday night at the Territory Tidy...
20 October 2014
MacDonnell is a great place for children and families
As we continue to improve the standards of our services across the MacDonnell Regional Council, some recent activities have seen a single theme emerge: MacDonnell is a great place for children and families.
20 October 2014
Three Territory Tidy Town finalists from MacDonnell Regional Council communities
Communities named include the reigning Territory Tidy Towns winner, Titjikala along with its Simpson Desert neighbour, Finke as well as Haasts Bluff, from within the West MacDonnell Ranges. When...
4 September 2014
Children’s Services Manager a national finalist
MacDonnell Regional Council’s Margaret Harrison is one of five national finalists in the 2014 HESTA* Australian Early Childhood Education and Care Awards. Nominated in the Excellence in Building...
29 August 2014
Relevant traineeships in our communities
Indigenous staff at Amoonguna and Titjikala have this week begun a traineeship to acquire their Certificate 2 in Rural Operations. Santa Teresa staff are due to commence their traineeships on...
4 July 2014
Declaration of Rates and Charges for 2014/15
MacDonnell Regional Council declares that its Rates and Charges for the 2014/15 financial year are available online or from its Public Office. Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Chapter 11 of the...
1 July 2014
Listening to our staff
Ensuring our employee’s voices are heard and staff are given an opportunity to raise issues and have input into the way we can all work together, our Human Resources team have travelled to all...
27 June 2014
2014-2018 Regional Plan adopted
MacDonnell Regional Council advises that its adopted Regional Plan, including budget estimates for the 2014/15 financial year, is available online or from its Public Office...
3 June 2014
Taking the shine off a great achievement
MacDonnell Regional Council and the community of Titjikala stand very proudly by their achievements, particularly their recent recognition at the Territory Tidy Town and then at the national...
28 May 2014
All Local Authorities elected and endorsed
Local Authorities have now been established in all 13 community areas of the MacDonnell Regional Council. Local Authorities replace Local Boards and have been established as the main plank to the...
1 May 2014
This does end well…
Many great outcomes flow from the recent MacYouth Regional Indoor Soccer Carnival. The Carnival included two sporting events involving young people from communities across the MacDonnell Regional...
1 April 2014
Our Civil Works team off to national awards
After being named the Territory Tidy Town winner last year, the community of Titjikala has been looking forward to the national awards that were held in Victor Harbour early this month. They were...
31 March 2014
Minister to meet Tidy Town hereos
The Minister for Community Services will visit the Northern Territory’s tidiest community, after having presented Titjikala and the MacDonnell Regional Council with ranging awards including the...
1 March 2014
“MacDonnell Council is doing a great job!”
After an absence of many years and following the recent changes making us a Regional Council the Minister for Local Government visited the MacDonnell Council last month. During his meeting with our...
1 February 2014
The voices of our communities
Our Local Boards in each community have worked very well. This new year, however, brings some improvements to them and now they are going to be called Local Authorities. Along with the name change...