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The Litchfield Municipality is a Local Government Area located in the Northern Territorymarker of Australia on the eastern and southeastern outskirts of the Darwinmarker-Palmerstonmarker urban area. The municipality covers an area of , and was created by the Northern Territory government on 6 September 1985.


The original inhabitants of the Litchfield area were the Larakia, Woolner and Djowei Aboriginal people. The arrival of European settlers dates from 1864. Litchfield is named after Frederick Henry Litchfield who was a member of an early survey and settlement party and who explored areas of the Northern Territory from Escape Cliffs on the Timor Seamarker to the Daly Rivermarker. Some growth took place during the 1870s and 1880s, after the construction of the Overland Telegraph Line. There was more substantial growth during the post-war years, especially during the 1970s.

The Litchfield Shire was proclaimed by an Act of the NT Parliament on 6th September 1985. On 7th December 1985 an election was held to elect the first Council comprising of a Shire President and four Councillors each representing a ward - North, South, East and Central.

This first elected body formulated a series of objectives under which Council was to operate. The objectives were based upon the provision of services in what is traditionally known as the 3R’s ( Roads, Rubbish and Recreation) and on the principle of contracting out the provision of these services. The level of services under these functions were to be commensurate with a philosophy of low rates.

In 2008 Litchfield Shire Council's name was changed to Litchfield Council and is no longer known as a Shire. This was due to legisative changes and the adoption by the NT Parliament of the new Local Government Act of 2008 which saw changes in the structure of Local Government across the Northern Territory of Australia.

On 1 July 2008 Litchfield Councils responsibilities also included management of the Thorak Regional Cemetery.


Litchfield Municipality.
The Litchfield Municipality is bounded by the Adelaide Rivermarker to the east, Van Diemen Gulf and the Coomalie Community Government Council in the south and the City of Darwinmarker and City of Palmerstonmarker to the northwest. The Stuart and Arnhem Highways run through the Litchfield Municipality. Most of the Municipality is rural or rural-residential in character.


Localities within the boundary of the Municipality include:

Outer Darwin Western Rural Eastern Rural
 * amended localities # newly created localities


Year Population
1986 7,410
1991 9,746
1996 13,858
2001 16,086
2006 17,461

Council Presidents

  • John Maley (1985–1996)
  • Gerry Wood (1996–2001)
  • Mary Walshe (2001–2009)



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