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Alice Springs Community Garden

With over 50 private and communal plots, the Alice Springs Community Garden has been connecting gardeners and educating the community on how to grow food in an arid environment for over 10 years. Located at Frances Smith Park, the garden holds regular community events and runs fortnightly working bees. Our resident garden guru, Kim Mackay, gives the grounds his loving care every Friday (all day) and welcomes volunteers, so please drop by to say hello.

To become a friend of the garden and receive our email newsletter, indicate your interest when you join ALEC. We’d love to see you at our fundraising evening of music and pizza on October 12th!

When we meet: 

Working bees - 1st and 3rd Sunday, 9:00am

Casual volunteering with Kim - every Friday, all day

Where we meet: Community Garden, Frances Smith Park, Eastside

Contact: [email protected]

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Central Australian Frack Free Alliance

The Central Australian Frack Free Alliance (CAFFA) is a group of concerned Central Australian residents who are working to stop gas fracking in the NT and defend our precious water supply. Right now, the Alice Springs water supply is not protected from the toxic effects of fracking. CAFFA works with local communities, businesses and politicians to ensure that the Alice Springs Water Control District is off limits to shale gas fracking. We must protect our water for today, and for future generations.

All are welcome; whatever your skills, you can make a difference. There are lots of ways to be involved from advocacy to lobbying, to public action! 

When we meet: Fortnightly on Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm 

Where we meet: Arid Lands Environment Centre

Contact: [email protected]

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Alice Springs Zero Waste

Alice Springs Zero Waste is a small community group that started on Facebook to facilitate the sharing of ideas and opportunities for reducing waste in Central Australia. Excitingly, it is now a real-life group of volunteers who meet regularly and are working on a number of projects. We’re currently applying for a Wash Against Waste (WAW) trailer and introducing "wash-up stations" to rid the Todd Mall markets of single-waste plastic. If you'd like to join us or have ideas to share, you can find details of our upcoming meetings on the Facebook group or you are most welcome to comment/message/post for more info! We love new members and new ideas, so please get in touch.

When we meet: Check the FB group to find out about upcoming meetings

Where we meet: Arid Lands Environment Centre

Contact: [email protected]

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Food for Alice

Food for Alice is the community’s weekly, locally-grown organic fruit and vegetable market. It’s a great way for home and hobby gardeners to sell their excess veg, and for community members to connect with affordable, fresh produce. You’ll be sure to find something that is not available at the major supermarkets, straight from the grower to you. It’s a bumper season for citrus now with lemonades, grapefruit and oranges on offer.

How it works is simple. Growers bring excess fruit and veg to Arid Lands Environment Centre, and we buy it or do a trade - then buyers shop with us like a regular market stall. We also regularly buy from commercial farmers to ensure we always have a good variety of produce. Start the weekend with a basket of veggies and a chat about gardening in central Australia!

When we meet: Every Saturday, 9am-11am

Where we meet: Arid Lands Environment Centre

Contact: [email protected]


We are a local group fighting for 100% solar photovoltaic energy in Alice Springs by 2030. We are active on many fronts: we’ve petitioned local and territory government, provided feedback to several territory-wide reviews of solar usage, encouraged households and businesses to install solar, contributed to public debate and generated business plans for future solar investment. 

Join us to help develop the first community-owned solar farm in the NT, change the face of power generation in the Territory, lobby government on behalf of the Alice Springs community, kick-start a local electric car industry, and help reduce the effects of climate change.

When we meet: First Monday of the month

Where we meet: Arid Lands Environment Centre