desertSMART EcoFair 9th-11th August 2013


Welcome to desertSMART EcoFair 2013!


desertSMART Ecofair is in its fifth year, with thousands of people having previously enjoyed high profile speakers, engaging panels and workshops, film festivals and the Sunday Ecomarkets. This year desertSMART EcoFair is also the Australian showcase event for National Science Week.

desertSMART EcoFair  is organised by the Arid Lands Environment Centre in partnership with the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens and aims to educate, inspire and activate the community around science and sustainability issues.

With a range of events for all ages and persuasions – the EcoFair will provide numerous opportunities for people to participate, learn, create and celebrate a sustainable future.

For more information:

Nicole Pietsch Arid Lands Environment Centre

Email: Phone: 08 8952 2497


About desertSMART EcoFair 2012

desertSMART EcoFair 2012 was a great success. More than 2200 visits were made over the weekend and more than 1000 people attended the Sunday EcoFair markets.

On Friday 10th August, 180 students from 7 different schools participated in EcoScience Schools Day – a series of workshops organised by EFSCAN and facilitated by local organisations and Centralian Senior College students. The students particularly enjoyed the presence of Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia. In the afternoon the 783 ABC Outdoor Broadcast hosted by Rohan Barwick was well attended and featured special guests Costa, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Dr Mark Stafford Smith and Jeff Lang. In the evening the exhibition opening Look up, look down by Barbara Stuart saw more than 150 people attend and be entertained by the amazing Asante Sana choir.
On Saturday, Dr. Karl’s Feature Presentation ‘Global Warming’ was attended by 300 people and was a highlight for Ecofair. The Changing Climate panel and Green Drinks in the Garden followed featuring local comedians Eshua Bolton and Leon Tripp. The Alice Springs Bicycle Film Festival saw 300 people attend on Saturday evening, with the locally made short films being a highlight.
Sunday saw the Ecomarkets with 1000 people attending, and featured local sustainability and community stalls, panels, workshops, competitions, food and music. Highlights included Costa’s planting workshop with more than 60 new native plants being added to the Botanic Gardens Collection; Peter Latz’s Biodiversity Matters launch walk and talk; and the Bushfoods Competition was a hit.

desertSMART Ecofair 2012 concluded with a Regional Food Summit, and a Ted X presentation at Centralian Senior College

Feedback from the community:

“This year felt like a better showcase of what Alice has to offer in respect to sustainability and environmental-based activities and programs.”

“It was great seeing the focus on sustainable local solutions to arid zone problems, and groups tackling hot political issues, getting important debates out there in the community”

“I thought the panels were great forums for discussion”

“Great EcoFair, it got me reinspired”

“Thank you for your efforts on behalf of our students at the recent Eco Fair. The activities were very much enjoyed by the group, and they have indeed extended their knowledge of the local environment.”

“Thank you for having me at your event. It was very well organised, interesting and extremely informative. “

Participants in the desertSMART Alice: Towars 2030 Panel - Sunday Ecomarkets 2012

Participants in the desertSMART Alice: Towards 2030 Panel – Sunday Ecomarkets 2012



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