2016 EcoFair wins National Science Week Grant

desertSMART EcoFair has been named as one of 41 national recipients of National Science Week grant funding in an announcement by Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne yesterday.


The EcoFair is Central Australia’s premier sustainability and science event and has connected thousands of people to science and sustainability in Alice Springs since 2009.


“We are pleased to officially announce that desertSMART EcoFair has won $20,000 in funding from National Science Week. This is the fifth year that EcoFair has been supported by National Science Week, and it acknowledges the ongoing role that EcoFair has in educating the community around science and sustainability in Central Australia,” said Jimmy Cocking, Director of the Arid Lands Environment Centre.


“Living in remote arid Australia presents a number of challenges, and also provides us with a unique opportunity to work together as a community to solve issues around energy, water, waste, food, transport and planning in the arid lands. There is a lot of innovation in Central Australia, and the EcoFair provides an opportunity to showcase this. It also facilitates great community discussion,” said Mr Cocking.


Despite funding cuts to organising body, The Arid Lands Environment Centre, the 2016 EcoFair program will see the event expand across multiple venues over the weekend of 12th-14th August including Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Alice Springs Community Garden, Earth Sanctuary and Alice Springs Desert Park.


“For the event to continue into the future, the EcoFair is seeking new community partnerships, new sources of funding and committed community volunteers to bring the event into fruition,” said Mr Cocking. “It is a large organisational task and ALEC needs broader community, business and government support to ensure that we can continue sharing knowledge about living the smartest, most efficient ways we can in the desert.”


Minister Christopher Pyne’s media release: https://www.pyneonline.com.au/media-centre/media-releases/indigenous-science-a-rock-musical-and-pests-in-the-pantry-science-week-celebrates-science-diversity

2016 National Science Week Grant Recipients can be found here: http://www.scienceweek.net.au/national-science-week-grant-recipients-for-2016/


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