Local Authorities in the West Daly Region

West Daly Regional Council values are: Respect - Integrity - Honesty - Openness - Equality

Our residents are encouraged to come along to Local Authority meetings to have your say. The dates and times are advertised in the community office.

Local Authorities are the "voice" of the community and together make recommendations to Council based on the Regional Plan that is the 'wish list' for your area. Council strives to support the retention of cultural identity at the local community level and the governance structure ensures that Council receives timely and relevant information on issues affecting community members.

Every Council meeting, the members consider the recommendations received from the Local Authorities and based on all the information will make a decision on whether to go ahead. After the Council meetings the Local Authorities are informed of Council decisions/actions.

The Local Authorities are scheduled to meet four (4) times in a financial year being from 1 July to 30 June. Unfortunately due to COVID and community unrest, this may not be possible.

The Council's Mayor and Deputy Mayor have an obligation and are privileged, by virtue of their position, to serve as members of each Local Authority. Elected Members appointed to Local Authorities are representatives of the Ward which the Local Authority is located.

The following are our Local Authority members appointed from 29 September 2021:




1. Damien Tunmuck

2. Mark Ninnal

3. Timothy Dumoo

4. Cyril Ninnal

5. Ken James

6. Basil Parmbuk

7. Margaret Perdjert

8. Anne Marie Nudjulu

9. Gregory Munar

10. Steven Pulchen

11. Deputy Mayor Wilfred Harris

12. Councillor Jake Clark

13. Councillor Mark Tunmuck-Smith

14. Mayor Ralph Narburup

1. Amy Narburup 


2. Moses Wodidj

3. Warren Wodidj

4. John Paul Wodidj

5. Jeff Wodidj

6. Alex Jacky

7. Sandra Jacky

8. Rodger Wodidj

9. Jack Wodidj

10. Jimmy Murielle

11. Lorraine Keringbo

12. Mary Wodidj

13. Deputy Mayor Wilfred Harris

14. Councillor Terry Sams 


1. Karl Lukonavic 


2. Henry Wilson

3. Annunciata Wilson

4. Joanne Kerr

5. Nathan Wilson

6. Anastasia Wilson

7. Kim Phipat

8. Leaya Smith

9. Councillor John Wilson

10. Deputy Mayor Wilfred Harris

11. Mayor Ralph Narburup

12. Vacancy

13. Vacancy

14. Vacancy






















West Daly Regional Council Local Authority boundaries

The West Daly Regional Council Local Authority areas are located in Wadeye, Peppimenarti and Palumpa. 

Whilst the Local Authority represents the community in the location of the towns where the meeting is held it also invites community members from outlying areas to join and have their say.

Palumpa is located 353kms southwest of Darwin on the Port Keats Road between the communities of Peppimenarti and Wadeye. The Palumpa access road is unsealed and approximately 140kms from the Daly River bridge. The coordinates for Palumpa are Longitude: 130.076 Latitude: -14.15.

Peppimenarti, or 'Peppi' as it is known, is located on Tom Turner Creek approximately 320km by road southwest of Darwin. The coordinates for Peppimenarti are Longitude: 129.879 Latitude: -14.351.

Wadeye, also known as Port Keats, is one of Australia's largest remote Indigenous communities located approximately 420kms southwest of Darwin. It is accessed along the Daly River Road which is not sealed from the Daly River crossing and can only be accessed by road during the Dry Season (May to October). Outside of this time, access is only possible by light aircraft (daily) or coastal barge (weekly). There is a sealed airstrip accessible throughout the year with automated lighting for nighttime landings. Flying time from Darwin to Wadeye is approximately 45 minutes. The coordinates for Wadeye are Longitude: 129.5205 Latitude: -14.2404.