desertSMART EcoFair

The desertSMART EcoFair is Central Australia’s premier science and sustainability event and is organised by the Arid Lands Environment Centre as part of National Science Week.

EcoFair aims to educate, inspire and activate the community around science and sustainability issues, and features high profile speakers, engaging panels and workshops, and films. 

Since 2009 the Ecofair has connected thousands of people to science and sustainability in Alice Springs, with the majority of events being held at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden.

desertSMART EcoFair 2016 a success!

2016 saw a fresh approach to the EcoFair expanding out from the Botanic Garden into other venues in Alice Springs that showcase science, sustainability and our natural environment. All science and sustainability events happening over the weekend of 12-14th August 2016 in Alice Springs were well attended, some with the highest ever engagement.

In 2016 special guests included Professor Lesley Hughes (Climate Council), Claire O’Rourke (Solar Citizens) and desertSMART EcoFair ambassador Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia).

Eco-Science Schools Day

2016 saw the biggest EcoScience Schools Day ever! More than 300 local school students participated in hands on workshops in the areas of recycling, health, renewable energy, climate change, land management, national parks management, science and sustainability.

783 ABC Outside Broadcast

The Great Science Quiz was again a popular feature of the 783 ABC Outside broadcast from the Bean Tree Café at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden, which also included interviews with desertSMART Ecofair guests and music by Miles Jennings.

Alice Springs Bicycle Film Festival

More than 300 people attended the Alice Springs Bicycle Film Festival which contained 14 local entries all featuring the humble bicycle. The winning People's Choice entry was MAMIL by Hayley Michener.

Regional Waste Management Facility Tours

A new edition to the desertSMART EcoFair program, the tours by the Alice Springs Town Council explained to participants how waste is managed in the Regional Waste Management Facility and how some of the challenges of dealing with waste in a remote location are being met.

Nurturing Gardens With Costa

More than 50 people joined Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis and local gardening guru Geoff Miers to learn some key aspects to gardening in the arid regions of Australia.

Science Under the Stars

Science Under The Stars was a sold out event that saw 100 people enjoy a tour of the Earth Sanctuary, a 3 course dinner, entertainment and even though it was cloudy participants got to see an excellent close up view of the moon through a telescope. Costa Georgiadis interviewed Professor Lesley Hughes from the Climate Council which provided some interesting insights into the life of a scientist. A great night was had by all.

Sustainable Living Festival & Sunday Eco-markets

Despite a cloudy, rainy day more than 800 people enjoyed the desertSMART EcoFair Sustainable Living Festival and Eco-markets at the Alice Springs Desert Park Courtyard. Feature speakers included Professor Lesley Hughes (Climate Council), Claire O’Rourke (Solar Citizens) and desertSMART EcoFair ambassador Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia) as well as a presentation on Bilby Conservation by Kate Crossing from the Kiwirrkurra Indigenous Protected Area. 

Check out "Costa's Walkabout" from the 2015 EcoFair.

For more information on EcoFair 2017 go to the desertSMART EcoFair website, keep updated via the EcoFair Facebook Page or on twitter @Eco_Fair

Volunteer for ALEC

Be involved in ALEC and contribute positively to life here in Alice Springs! The fact that ALEC has managed to not only survive, but thrive, over the years has largely been dependent on volunteer time and effort. The passion and committment of community members in Alice Springs has steered ALEC's initiatives and contributed to vital fundraising efforts. Can you spare some time to volunteer for ALEC? We are seeking volunteers who are able to help with offfice administrative support, our upcoming Ecofair, at the community garden, ALEC info stalls, fundraising events, fundraising camel burger stalls etc Sign up here.