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Westside* Community Garden

The Westside Garden is an initiative of the Arid Lands Environment Centre, made possible through an MOU with Centralian Middle School where the garden is located.

Building off the success of the Alice Springs Community Garden in East Side, the newest garden in Gillen will support the development of sustainable food systems for arid land communities. 

The Westside Garden will provide local people with opportunities to learn about best arid zone gardening practices and sustainable desert living, connect with others in their community, grow, harvest and heal through their participation in the garden. 

The Westside Garden welcomes gardeners from many different backgrounds, of all ages and who share differing views. Our garden is inclusive and welcoming to all.

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What are we up to?

2021 is going to be a big year as we work together to nourish and convert the land into an abundant, productive community garden.

Thanks to the Corrections Community Workparties team and Desert Life Church, the garden site is cleared of buffel grass, ready for our imaginings.

Forming a Garden Committee

We now need to form a motivated Garden Committee willing to volunteer their time, effort and passion to assist with generating of our vision, purpose, design and management of the garden.

This core group of engaged Committee members will share ideas, hold regular planning meetings and divvy up the diverse roles and responsibilities to create a garden the whole community can enjoy.

Ways to get involved

Become a Garden Committee member. To express interest in joining the Garden Committee, get in touch with Kaz, Westside Community Garden Coordinator: [email protected]

Other ways to contribute. There are many more ways you can get involved with the garden, such as: 

  • Visit and share your thoughts 
  • Attend a planning meeting 
    • Thursdays 5.00pm – 7.00pm (upcoming meetings are Feb 4 & 18, put it in your diary)
  • Join our volunteer mailing list and volunteer casually to:
    • Do some weeding
    • Turn the hot compost 
    • Help with a range of 'fix-it' jobs
    • Letterbox drops

Volunteer sign up

Put your name to become a casual garden volunteer.

Upcoming events and working bees

Connect with the garden

Follow our Facebook page for updates and to connect with the garden, our community, working bees and workshops. 2021 is going to be a big year for the Westside garden. Stay tuned for details.


Volunteer for ALEC

ALEC values the work of our volunteers who help us with our vision of ‘healthy futures for arid lands and people’. We have a variety of volunteer positions so whether you’re interested in helping with community engagement, communications work, office admin, or selling food and making coffee, we would love to have you involved.

Volunteer doing community engagement
Do you like organising events and getting out in the community? Come work with our supporter engagement team to engage with volunteers and help organise and run ALEC events including our market stall!

Volunteer doing communications
Enjoy telling stories and creating content? Help out doing communications for ALEC, working on updating and improving the website, creating and finding new content and stories from volunteers, along with a variety of other communication tasks.

Volunteer in our office
Would you like to learn valuable administration skills? Come work in our office to do a variety of admin tasks and gain valuable admin skills.

Volunteer for our new community garden
Did you know we have a new community garden starting up in Gillen? It is going to take a lot of work to get it up and running but we know that if we have a strong team of passionate community members we'll be able to set up an amazing community garden for everyone to enjoy. If you're passionate about gardening, community projects or just getting to know like-minded people then come volunteer at the new community garden!

Volunteer with Food for Alice
Do you want to gain great customer service skills or keep your barista skills up to date? Volunteer with Food for Alice to sell and/or make coffee at their market stall every Saturday morning at the Alice Springs Community Gardens.

To enquire about volunteering at ALEC fill in the form below, email [email protected] or call 08 8952 2497.
All volunteer opportunities are based in Alice Springs/Mparntwe

Become a volunteer