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.
7 April 2022
MacNews newsletter - April 2022
Read the new issue of the MacNews newsletter to stay up-to-date with all the latest council changes.
21 December 2021
MacNews newsletter - December 2021
Read the new issue of the MacNews newsletter to stay up-to-date with all the latest council changes.
31 July 2021
MacNews July 2021
The July 2021 MacNews is available for download here: MacNews v13i3 July 2021 Inside: • Healthy Community Day – Wallace Rockhole • Council Election Information • 2021-22 MRC...
30 April 2021
MacNews April 2021
MRC celebrates International Women's Day, Amoonguna basketball court and shade structure opening, Kungka Wall as part of the Mount Liebig Youth Centre Renovations and Haasts Bluff Council...
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:...
20 October 2020
MacNews October 2020
Aputula (Finke), Working Together: Through our eyes,Regional Plan progress, MacCare- Caring for Community, Kintore access road and Hermannsburg WMF upgrades. Open this issue...
8 July 2020
MacNews July 2020
Trailblazer Kathleen Abbott steps up as first Aboriginal Manager Service Delivery, Local Authority supports creative youth projects in Hermannsburg, Cross-generational picnic at Docker...
5 May 2020
MacNews April 2020 - COVID-19 Edition
The response of the MacDonnell Regional Council (MRC) to the COVID-19 pandemic is documented in this special issue. The innovations and the preventative measures taken by MRC staff...
3 February 2020
MacNews January 2020
New energy in Ikuntji, Councillors speak up on economic development, our young people join effort to reduce suicide, internal and Territory Tidy Town Awards. Open this issue as a pdf: MacNews...
13 December 2019
MacNews December 2019
A massive December issue for a busy end of the year. Open this issue as a pdf: MacNews December 2019 volume 11 issue 2
20 September 2019
Return of the MacNews
The September 2019 MacNews is a special bumper issue full of great achievements including photos and details of Santa Teresa's 2019 Australian Sustainable Communities Tidy Town...
27 November 2018
Santa Teresa gets its just desserts
After the main course was cleared the finalist communities were announced. Nhulunbuy was named Best Large Community, Santa Teresa named Best Medium Community and Wallace Rockhole named Best Small...
4 September 2018
dirtgirlworld comes to life at MacKids
dirtgirl and Costa the Garden Gnome from ABC TV visited Santa Teresa to launch the rollout of The Get Grubby Program across our communities. The program will be an integral part of our MacKids...
5 July 2018
Shires come of age
1 July this year marked ten years since the Shires were introduced across the Northern Territory and therefore our tenth birthday. During a break from a recent council meeting, our elected...
30 March 2018
Finke's day in the sun
The first two attempts to fly the national Tidy Town judge to Finke didn’t get off the ground due to low rain clouds. So residents at Finke waited an extra week to show their community in its best...
31 January 2018
Ten years on…
…and we continue bringing improvements to remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. Later this year marks the ten year anniversary since our residents were introduced into the national...
15 November 2017
Finke wins big
After coming a close second many times before, Finke was finally named Best Medium Community at the 2017 Territory Tidy Town awards ceremony. Previously commended or named winners of different award...
26 September 2017
Council begins again
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
2 December 2013
Big mobs at new training
With class numbers originally set for 16 staff, nobody knew that so many Civil Works Assistants would turn up from Papunya and neighbouring communities Mt Liebig and Haasts Bluff to do the three day...
1 November 2013
Titjikala awarded Territory’s Tidiest Town MacDonnell Shire cleans up at Territory Tidy Town awards First ESO Trainee indigenous graduate Our Charmaine’s New York Marathon goal Open...
4 October 2013
Common interest across the planet
Hermannsburg Youth enjoyed a cultural exchange when Raw Materials, a youth organisation from Brixton in England, visited for several days. The exchange included writing songs and making videos...
2 September 2013
High standard of family parks
The newly established family park at Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji) looks great thanks to the efforts of Shire Service Coordinator, Rhonda Wilcomes and the hard working and proud Civil Works Team. The...
5 July 2013
A look at our future
An historic event last month that saw young people from all communities across the MacDonnell Shire gather for a jamboree at the Ross River campgrounds. Under the name Come Together, the youth...
3 June 2013
Fresh look at our Aged Care services
an old people story is a DVD produced to promote the Aged Care Services across the MacDonnell Shire Council and assist people when engaging those services. Produced as an animation, the DVD depicts...
1 May 2013
Breaking the shame
Charmaine Patrick qualified as one of six women from across Australia to join the Indigenous Marathon Project and now trains to run in the New York Marathon later this year. To begin team training...
2 April 2013
Tjitji tjutaku Park opened for families
Like a giant puzzle being solved, the final pieces of the Titjikala park came together in the last few weeks. After the main play equipment was installed in December last year, the slab was poured...
4 March 2013
Leaving us in good shape
MacDonnell Shire CEO, Diane Hood resigned to take up a leadership position with the Northern Territory Government Department of Local Government. Diane leaves the MacDonnell Shire Council’s...
1 February 2013
Civil Works team commitment awarded
Titjikala Civil Works team received a plaque from Territory Tidy Towns recognising the team’s commitment to tidying up their community. The Tidy Towns Appreciation Award acknowledges their efforts...