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Westside Community Garden

Westside Community Garden is located at 56 Milner Rd in Gillen, along the fence line between the Centralian Middle School and Jim McConville Oval, on Central Arrernte Country. Everyone is welcome. We hold regular working bees, on the first and third Sunday and Thursday of the month from 3PM – sunset. Keep an eye out on working bee times as they change with the season.


The creation of a culturally safe and sustainable arid lands garden that nurtures the development of a local food secure community.


We are an inclusive, diverse, and participatory community guided by permaculture ethics and principles.

Garden Membership

Membership is open to all people in the Central Desert region who are interested in contributing to growing a culturally safe and sustainable arid lands garden.  All garden members are expected to actively participate play in the Garden, and there are many opportunities for members to contribute, depending interests and capabilities. Members volunteer for a minimum number of hours every year at working bees, workshops, garden events, harvesting for Food for Alice etc.

Working bees

Come along and get active at one of our regular working bees. Held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday and Thursday of every month from 3PM – sunset. There’s plenty to keep everyone busy, from planting, mulching, turning hot compost, harvesting and pruning.

School and community visits

We welcome visits by school and community groups to the garden, and these can be arranged by contacting [email protected]

Become a committee member

Our motivated Garden Committee member volunteer their time, effort and passion to bring Westside's vision for an inclusive and sustainable garden to life.  Committee members attend regular meetings and take on diverse roles and responsibilities in order to grow and maintain a garden that the whole community can enjoy. Committee members don't need to be expert gardeners, but must be willing to commit a certain level of involvement. If you'd like to express interest in the committee, email [email protected]


Follow our Facebook and Instagram for updates, and to watch the garden grow!

Thank You

The Arid Lands Environment Centre gratefully acknowledge the financial support received from the Northern Territory Government, through the Community Benefit Fund major grants program, which has supported our Community Garden Network Project, predominantly, the establishment of the Westside Community Garden in Gillen, Alice Springs. 

We also are grateful for the ongoing support from Centralian Middle School where the garden is located, without which this beautiful community space would not be possible. 



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 at the Community Gardens
Mparntwe has two community gardens, Eastside and Westside. If you're passionate about gardening, community projects or just getting to know like-minded people then come volunteer at one of the 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 Mparntwe Alice Springs

Become a volunteer