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desertSMART Ecofair 2022

Since 2009, the Ecofair has connected thousands of people in Alice Springs around the themes of desert science and sustainability.

This year while we have a pared back version, all of our favourite events are returning with lots to enjoy and take part in. Selected to inspire, activate and connect with our community around sustainability issues and spark local action toward a healthy, thriving future in the desert.

Celebrating local solutions for a resilient future

  • Enjoy arid zone gardening tours, pruning workshops, sunset soup, cake and music.
  • Learn about renewable energy and local climate solutions
  • Get your broken household items fixed at the Repair Café

Be part of the action - connect with the community at the Ecofair.


Saturday 27th August

Community Garden Tour

Starting off the events on Saturday 27th August we have a Community Garden Tour at the Alice Springs Community Garden.

10am - 12pm - Join local gardening gurus Geoff Miers, Bruce Simmons and Kim MacKay for a guided tour of the thriving community garden. Learn a range of tips and tricks for gardening the arid zone, and help plant some new fruit trees in the orchard.

9am - 11am  - The Harvest Cafe and Food for Alice will be open for all your local veggie and caffeine needs!

9am - 11am  - Buffel bust! Do your bit to remove buffel and help our native plants thrive with a mini buffel bash on the site.

Alice Springs Community Garden, 105 Burke St, East Side NT 0870


Sunday 28th August

Repair Café

We have the return of the Repair Café

They will be holding another one of their popular events where beloved items can be mended and given a new lease of life.

As a community-led event, relevant businesses and/or experts run a stall where visitors bring broken items from home and watch, learn or help as the repairs get done. Repairs are free for the community and experts participate on a voluntary basis.

If the repair is complicated or time-consuming, repairers can always say so and direct the person to their business at a later date.

Repair Cafe's are a great way to get to know other people, learn about the local resources available and reduce waste! The success of Repair Café's is built on this foundation of community participation. 

When: Sunday, 28th August, 10am to 2pm.

Where: 50+ Community Centre (11 Wills Terrace opposite the Todd Tavern).

WhyRepair cafes' benefits are multifold. They make repair more accessible which promotes the circular economy by keeping items in use and putting a focus on making things last. This not only helps save people money but also the environment by reducing consumption, manufacture, and use of raw materials. 



Sunday 28th August

Afternoon into Sunset Soiree

Westside Community Garden closes off the weekend with an Afternoon into Sunset Soiree where you can relax in the garden while enjoying warming soup and cool music vibes. 

3.00pm - 4.00pm - Propagation Workshop with Geof Miers (Garden Solutions Nursery) $10.00, free to Westside Garden Members. Book you place here. 

4.00pm - sunset - bring a chair or picnic rug, listen to music and enjoy the ambience of late afternoon in the garden.

Entry by donation and delicious homemade soups, cakes and herb tea for sale.

Garden Membership information will be available.


Monday 29th August

Tandyidgee Station - Land Clearing Application - Submission Writing


Thursday 1st September

Singleton Information Night

It's getting to crunch time for our court case against the NT Govt. So on Thursday 1st September we're hosting a Singleton Information Night. 

Find out about the biggest water licence, the ALEC court case and how you can get involved. Plus hear from Traditional Owner Derek Walker and ALEC’s Policy Officer Alex Vaughan.

Join us at 5:30pm at The Roastery, Hele crescent.


Tuesday 6th September

Future Grid Q&A

To close off the Mini Ecofair join team members from the Alice Springs Future Grid project for a Q&A lunchtime session and learn about key challenges and possible solutions on the road to achieving 50% Renewable Energy for Alice Springs.

CADO office in the Mall


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