The Arid Lands Environment Centre has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Turnbull Government to support EcoFair in Alice Springs as part of National Science Week.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, congratulated the Arid Lands Environment Centre on being awarded the grant.
“Science is critical to our wellbeing, prosperity and international competitiveness, so engaging the community and equipping young people with future-focused knowledge and skills is vital,” Senator Scullion said.
“People attending this year’s EcoFair will be able to listen to ABC Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis, who is the patron of EcoFair, talk about soil science.
“People will also have an opportunity to meet animals with Ranger Stacey, try some bush tucker – or, if it takes their fancy, a camel burger!”
The EcoFair is billed as Central Australia’s premier sustainability and science event and has connected thousands of people to science and sustainability in Alice Springs since 2009.
The 2016 EcoFair programme will see the event expand across multiple venues over the weekend of 12-14 August, including the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Alice Springs Community Garden, Earth Sanctuary and Alice Springs Desert Park.
The EcoFair is among 41 projects chosen nationally to receive funding in a $500,000 grant round announced by Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne.
National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals since it was first held in 1997. Last year 1.3 million people participated in more than 1700 events and activities nationally. Further information is available at www.scienceweek.net.au.