desertSMART EcoFair

The DesertSMART EcoFair is Central Australia’s own sustainable living festival, educating the community on the social, ecological and economic challenges of living sustainably in Central Australia. The EcoFair has evolved from a partnership between desertSMART COOLmob, the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) and Olive Pink Botanic Garden to facilitate broader community involvement and build regional resilience. Participate, learn and create!

Presented by: Arid Lands Environment Centre and Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Supported by:
Inspiring Australia Initiative
National Science Week
Power and Water
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs
ABC 783 Alice Springs
Alice Springs Town Council – Red Hot Arts Central Australia – New Scientist – Alternative Technology Association – Renew Magazine – Sanctuary Magazine

Featuring: Dr Karl Kruselnicki

Friday 10 Aug
9am-2:30pm Eco Science Schools Day workshops with Land for Wildlife, Alice Solar Cities, deserSMART COOLmob and more!  Schools please register online at
4-6pm ABC 783 Alice Springs outdoor broadcast with special guest Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
6pm Exhibition Opening ‘Look up, Look down – Lake Eyre from above’ Barbara Stuart
7pm Community Concert – Asante Sana choir

Saturday 11 Aug (gates open 1pm)
1:30pm Dr Karl Kruszelnicki’s Global Warning
3-4:15pm The Changing Climate: Challenges and opportunities for Central Australia.  Panel including guest speakers Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Dr Mark Stafford Smith
4:30-6pm Green Drinks in the Garden
6pm Alice Springs Bicycle Film Festival

Sunday 12 Aug
9am-3pm desertSMART EcoFair Market including stalls, workshops and presentations on:
‘Biodiversity Matters’
‘Renew Alice’
‘Carbon Counting in Central Australia’
‘desertSMART Living’
There is the Sunchase Race, Bushfoods Recipe Competition, Youth EcoHub, EcoInvention and Design Competition, live music and more!

Monday 13 Aug
9am-3pm Desert Region Food Summit
Tickets $20 RSVP to [email protected]

Tuesday 14 Aug
6:30-7:30pm TEDX Alice Springs
Centralian Senior College Theatrette (limited to 100 people)

Event Information

Friday 10 – Tuesday 14 Aug

Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Centralian Senior College, Grevillea Dr

Cost: Gold coin donation at the door.
For ticketing and workshop booking information visit or phone ALEC on (08) 8952 2497 or ph: (08) 8952 2497

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