With a population of about 200 residents, the community of Titjikala sits nestled among the red sand dunes of the Simpson Desert straddling the Hugh River, a major contributory to the ancient Finke River. Also known locally as Tapatjatjaka, Titjikala is 130km south of Alice Springs and forms part of the Rodinga Ward of the MacDonnell Regional Council.
Most commonly speaking Pitjantjatjara, residents of Titjikala have a strong sense of community and cultural heritage. Titjikala’s community engagement is broad and its residents demonstrate a strong community pride that is reflected through a history with Tidy Towns that began in the 1990s and in 2013 culminated when it was named the Territory Tidy Town.
Services provided in Titjikala by the MacDonnell Regional Council include cemetery maintenance, rubbish collection and tip maintenance, internal roads maintenance, parks and open spaces and sporting grounds.
On behalf of the Commonwealth Government, MacDonnell Council provides funded services including children’s services, youth development services, aged care and night patrol services. Council is also contracted by Power Water Corporation to maintain the power and water facilities, Australia Post to provide postal delivery services and by Centrelink to provide its services through an agency in its Council office.
Other facilities of the Titjikala community include a Community Store, Primary School, Art Centre, Health Clinic and Church.