Yuendumu and Engawala on Alcoota Station are “communities under threat,” according to Diane Hood (pictured), the CEO of the Central Desert Regional Council.
She says it will receive $1m under the Federal Government’s drought relief program.
“Both communities need to find water. They are both constrained in growth. No new housing will be built,” says Ms Hood.
“The supply is know to run out in possibly months.
“Engawala is in the most die straits, a small community but a very important community.
“Our understanding is Power and Water are looking for new bore sites. We have no further information about that.”
Ms Hood says the Federal grant will be used for “community resilience” programs, for economic development as well as water security.
“We have a number of projects on the books already which we didn’t know how to fund,” she says.
One project is to develop meeting spaces for each community, “not something that’s council owned or government owned but solely the community’s space.
“That has been proven to help with feeling of empowerment and ownership on the community.”
Adding some more water points in community areas is also under consideration, like bubblers at sporting fields and parks.