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Alpurrurulam, also known as Lake Nash, is a locality in the Northern Territory of Australia located in the territory's east about 1,206 kilometres (749 mi) south-east of the territory capital of Darwin and about 600 kilometres (370 mi) east of the municipal seat of Tennant Creek and about 17 kilometres (11 mi) from the border with the state of Queensland.
The town is at the end of the Sandover Highway, which floods each year during the wet season and cuts all road access to the community.
The Alpurrurulam Community Government Council has now been dissolved, with the town now part of the Barkly Region. The town boasts the only school in the area, a health clinic, and a store (known as Warte Store), as well as a small Australian rules football club.
The town is usually called Alpurrurulam or Lake Nash. Mostly the town is referred to as "Lake Nash" in everyday speaking and for mail delivery (via Mount Isa) and "Alpurrurulam" for all official matters, such as a census. Alpurrurulam was established in the early 1980s as a 4.0 square kilometres (1,000 acres) excision from the 12,000 square kilometres (3×10^6 acres) Lake Nash Station. The main language group in the area is Alyawarre.
The 2016 Australian census which was conducted in August 2016 reports that Alpurrurulam had a population of 420 people of which 387 (92.1%) identified as being "Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people."Alpurrurulam is located within the federal division of Lingiari, the territory electoral division of Barkly and the local government area of the Barkly Region.
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