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.
27 September 2021
Election Results and First Meeting of Council
The first meeting of the newly-elected 4th MacDonnell Regional Council (MRC) was held of Friday, 24th September. The meeting was attended by the Hon Chanston Paech, Minister for Local Government...
25 May 2021
Renovation of MacDonnell Regional Council Alice Springs Office supports local economy
Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) and MacDonnell Regional Council (MRC) were proud to be able to support local jobs and the economy in this large construction project. As construction occurred...
15 February 2021
MacNews February 2021
NAIDOC Week celebrations, new Councillor Annie Young from Santa Teresa, MacYouth training, Areyonga MacCare upgrades, and MRC Tidy Towns Awards. Open this issue as a pdf:...
9 December 2020
Councillors and staff express their deepest condolences to the family and the wider Kintore community. Download media release as PDF
1 May 2020
MRC COVID-19 Rate Relief
MacDonnell Regional Council (MRC) has put in place special measures to assist the rebuilding of businesses and communities in and around the MRC local government area. In recognising that...
15 April 2020
MRC COVID-19 Response
MRC COVID-19 Response
21 May 2019
Santa Teresa to celebrate their national success
Santa Teresa prepares to celebrate their community pride after being named the tidiest town in Australia. Pride and engagement across the entire community was central to Santa Teresa’s success...
6 April 2019
Australia’s tidiest town is…Santa Teresa
The remote Aboriginal community of Santa Teresa in the Northern Territory has been named the 2019 winner of the Australian Sustainable Communities Tidy Town Award. Proud residents from...
1 April 2019
Santa Teresa travelling “overseas” for awards ceremony
Hoping to win the 2019 Australian Tidy Town Award for their remote Aboriginal community, proud residents of Santa Teresa will fly from the Northern Territory to Tasmania to attend the gala national...
24 December 2018
Vale Mr Anderson
On behalf of the President, Councillors, Executive and staff of MacDonnell Regional Council it is with great sadness we acknowledge the passing of Mr Anderson. Mr Anderson was well...
10 November 2018
Santa Teresa shines as the Territory Tidy Town
The Grand Ballroom of Darwin’s SkyCity casino shone from the community pride displayed by the Santa Teresa representatives at the gala awards ceremony when their community was named the Territory...
5 November 2018
Territory Tidy Towns hots up
Top End communities have been ‘stepping up their game’ in a bid to take the Territory Tidy Town mantle from MacDonnell Regional Council communities. They are hoping that hosting the 2018...
10 August 2018
Gettin’ grubby to tidy the town
dirtgirl and Costa the Garden Gnome from ABC TV will be special guests at a family day in Santa Teresa to launch the rollout of The Get Grubby Program across the MacDonnell Regional Council. The...
7 August 2018
MacDonnell Regional Council welcomes its newest councillor
Following a recent call for nominations, to fill a vacated position of councillor of the Luritja Pintubi ward, MacDonnell Regional Council welcomes its newest councillor, Sarah Stockman. Having...
17 July 2018
Ten years of service recognised
As a NAIDOC Week celebration, council services across its 13 remote Aboriginal communities closed for the afternoon as residents and staff of MacDonnell Regional Council celebrated ten years of...
25 May 2018
Sid Anderson retires from service to MacDonnell Regional Council
After ten years service to the MacDonnell Regional Council, including seven years as its President, Sid Anderson announced his resignation today due to health issues. Effective immediately, Mr...
7 April 2018
Finke wins two national Tidy Town categories
The small remote community of Finke was recognised when named the winner in two categories at the Keep Australia Beautiful national Tidy Town awards ceremony last night. Having flown from the edge...
2 March 2018
Finke being judged against the nation’s best
When Finke was named the 2017 Territory Tidy Town last year it became the territory finalist in the national Tidy Town competition. Judging against six categories for the national title will take...
11 December 2017
New way to vote in the bush
MacDonnell Regional Council welcomes a new councillor and a new way to vote in remote Aboriginal communities following a recent by-election in its Luritja Pintubi ward. Following the sad passing...
27 October 2017
Finke named Territory Tidy Town
Originally an important siding on the Old Ghan railway line, the proud community of Finke has a rich cultural history. This evening another qualification for this remote community was made when it...
23 October 2017
Tidy Town competition hots up
While the 2017 Territory Tidy Town awards ceremony is being held in Central Australia, the chance of a Top End community taking the main title from the MacDonnell Regional Council communities has...
19 September 2017
Passing of Councillor L Abbott
On behalf of the President, councillors and staff of MacDonnell Regional Council it is with great sadness we advise the passing of Councillor L Abbott yesterday. Cr L Abbott was well known and...
18 September 2017
MacDonnell Regional Council appoints its President and Deputy
Following the 2017 NT local government elections MacDonnell Regional Council held its first meeting on Friday 15 September. Newly elected councillors joined with re-elected councillors to nominate...
4 September 2017
MacDonnell Council election results
The twelve members elected to the third council of the MacDonnell Regional Council where declared today by the NT Electoral Commission. Elections were conducted in two of the four MacDonnell...
26 June 2017
Yamba joins locals for Tidy Towns Family Day
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 parents about recycling and the health...
9 May 2017
Areyonga heading “overseas” for awards ceremony
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 Australian Tidy Town Award for their...
10 January 2017
Kintore council workers get their first rest since Christmas
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 past weekend provided workers...
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
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 Central Australia. Civil Works...
18 October 2016
MacDonnell Council workers carry the hopes of their region
Workers representing four MacDonnell Regional Council communities are travelling to Darwin to attend the 2016 Northern Territory Tidy Towns awards ceremony this Friday evening. Civil Works team...
21 March 2016
Mt Liebig’s efforts awarded nationally
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 Special Commendation Award winners...
16 March 2016
Mt Liebig on show in Western Australia
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 Toodyay in Western Australia to...
26 February 2016
Roxanne Kenny elected as new Council President
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 President. The succession to the...
23 February 2016
4000 Trees project funded
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 4000 Trees project. The 4000...
22 February 2016
Council to elect a new President
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 from the role and elect another...
19 February 2016
President Sid Anderson to be honoured
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 civic and community leaders will...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...