Prior to the NT Government's Local Government Reform process, there were some 63 community government councils and associations dispersed through the Northern Territory delivering core local government services. These incorporated local government bodies were dissolved on June 30, 2008 under the Local Government Act 2008.
In October 2008, the first elections of the new shires were held throughout the NT under the Local Government (Electoral) regulations. Each Shire had to elect 12 Councillors for their respective Shire Council and in the macDonnell Shire the 12 electd Councillors are all Indigenous. MacDonnell Shire has now been operating for four years.
Through the reform process MacDonnell Shire Council is committed to creating a strong future for all of its residents.
With picturesque swimming holes, magnificent flora and fauna, captivating mountain ranges, changing hues and red desert sands, the MacDonnell Shire landscape is exceptional. Locals believe the Shire has a deep and powerful strength that can only be felt when travelling across the land.
MacDonnell Shire has a land mass of approximately 268,887km2. The Shire comprises of 13 major remote communities, many outstations and commercial enterprises such as Tourism, Mining and Pastoral properties scattered throughout the Shire.