Wildcare Alice Springs is a not for profit wildlife care and rescue organisation in the Northern Territory, which provides a support network for carers of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, with the end result being to return them to the wild in the area they came from.
The organisation endeavours to:
Olive Pink Botanic Gardens is a popular destination for visitors to Alice Springs and the Local Community attracting over 45 000 visitors per year. OPBC hosts an increasing number of events including the desertSMART EcoFair, film festivals, concerts, conferences, weddings and functions. The responsibility to act as a demonstration to the local community and visitor’s in best practice waste management is core to OPBC’s sustainable vision.
The Alice Springs Community Gardens Network Compost Education project will work with members and the broader community (including schools, workplaces and businesses) to develop and test at least two central composting systems located at urban Community Garden sites. To further enhance the education component, a series of on-site training sessions, interpretative signage and website materials will also be developed.
This project aims to increase the awareness and fire-preparedness of local residents of Alice Springs. Working with project partners involved in weed management and bushfire preparedness ALEC aims to increase community participation in these fields. The project involves bringing widespread media attention to the issues and concerns of weeds and fire.
Youth Leading Australia (YLA) is building a movement of inspired young sustainability leaders across Australia. The initiative features regional leadership development camps; local mentoring and support; national facilitator and digital media training and culminates a 3 day youth environmental leadership congress (29 November– 1 December 2011) conducted annually in multiple locations simultaneously, connected by digital media.
This project builds on Earth Sanctuary’s success as the only carbon neutral venue in the Northern Territory offering education tours to the sustainable education market.
A series of upgrades for 2011 will enhance the organisations capacity to become a key destination in the sustainable education market and provide greater access to schools in the Territory. This project upgrade will directly improve efficiency, performance, sustainability and best practice industry standards.
This project will conduct facilitator training in Alice Springs to be delivered by a consultant from Living Smart. Training opportunities are limited in Alice Springs so an invite to attend the facilitator training will be extended beyond the Climate Action Group and the Arid Lands Environment Centre to other local organisations including Northern Territory Government departments. A fee-for-service will be requested and these funds can go back into the Living Smart budget to support future workshops.
A partnership is being developed with Centralian Middle School, Gillen to initiate a community garden for the Gillen Community. This has stimulated the establishment of the Alice Springs Community Garden Network. Funding will support the Network’s requirement to employ a Network Coordinator to develop partnerships with local schools and organisations to facilitate the establishment of a network of community food producing gardens.
The third desertSMART EcoFair will be held at Olive Pink Botanic Gardens this year. The EcoFair has developed into Central Australia's premier sustainability event. With more than 1100 people attending previous events, 2011 will see the EcoFair grow to festival proportions. The event is being organised to coincide with National Science Week and will be held over 3 days (August 19-21).