is a small town of the Northern Territory
. It has a population of about one thousand people, of which a significant amount are of Aboriginal
origin. It is located around 557 kilometres from Katherine
and approximately 890 kilometres from Darwin
The town is a strongly traditional community, and is governed by the Lajamanu Community Government Council as well as a local tribal council
. The Lajamanu Council was formed in 1980
, and was the first community government council to be formed in the Northern Territory. On cultural matters, the council defers to the local tribal council, because traditional customs are still practised and generally dominate the thinking of the community.
Geography and Climate
The Northern Territory
is a dry area. Lajamanu is located close to the centre of Australia
, which has a hot climate.
Lajamanu is difficult to access, mainly due to the distance from major cities and towns. Road access is via the Victoria Highway
(turning off after 120 kilometres) onto the Buntine Highway
for a further 323 kilometres and then 104 to Lajamanu (a dirt
but well formed road).