Yuelamu community is a small community located in the Central Desert region of the Northern Territory (NT), about 43km west of the major community of Yuendumu, and 300km north-west of the regional centre of Alice Springs. The traditional owners of Yuelamu are the Anmatyerr (Anmatjere) people.

The first research visit to Yuelamu was undertaken from 5th to 7th May 2022, with stakeholder interviews conducted in Yuendumu and Alice Springs on the 9th and 10th May.

Based on 37 surveys and 12 stakeholder interviews, this report outlines the initial findings from the 2022 visit, and highlights the current access and use of media, telecommunications and online services, as well as the digital inclusion and service delivery challenges in Yuelamu and across the Central Desert region.

This report is intended to assist local and regional agencies, including PAW Media, Central Land Council Central Desert Regional Council, as well as Northern Territory Government, to better understand the key barriers to digital inclusion in Yuelamu and the region and community aspirations for the future. It is designed to provide a basis for a local digital inclusion plan. This report will assist in identifying infrastructure and program needs to enable a targeted approach for advocacy with government and industry stakeholders. The report will be updated following research visits in 2023 and 2024.

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