Conservation SA is creating a new home and hub in the heart of Adelaide 2015.
Can you help us to make it all happen?
For years you may have walked past the old rundown Central Bus Station at 111 Franklin Street: covered with graffiti and surrounded by temporary fencing and weeds.
A few months ago we noticed a sign calling for Expressions of Interest to ‘reactivate’ the site.
We immediately saw the potential, and pitched to the Adelaide City Council – the site’s owner – a vision of a centre of environmental activity in the heart of the city. After extensive discussions with potential partners, we are thrilled to announce that we have secured an initial lease of three years.
Although the site is not much to look at now, we are incredibly excited to transform it into a home and hub. But is going to take determination, great effort and energy, and help from our supporters.
We want this to be a nurturing and bustling space connecting nature, creativity and community in the heart of Adelaide.
The centre will be a new space not only for Conservation SA's offices, but for environmental groups and the public to meet, share, learn, work and play together.
Our ideas include community arts displays alongside areas to share innovative sustainable living ideas from South Australian community organisations and businesses.
We also have space for a ground floor café serving locally grown food from our very own community garden. We imagine growing this lush, productive oasis in the city with help from residents from the nearby Common Ground affordable housing project; our member groups such as the Permaculture Association and the Institute of Landscape Architects; and the wider community. We would also love to install a community kitchen that could be used by everyone, transforming food waste from the Central Market into nutritious meals.
Central to our concept is our desire to inspire the next generation. We are already seeking out opportunities for school groups to visit, and we are talking with our friends at Nature Play SA about making it a fun, adventure space for children.
This is not just about creating an attractive place to work or visit; we see this new centre as a major step forward in our vision to build a movement of South Australians who care about our environment and living sustainably. We believe that together as a community we are more powerful and can make a real impact.
The beauty of our new centre is that it will be a tangible and accessible demonstration of the kind of future we all want. Far more powerful than just talking about what we want - we will be able to show it, share it and live it.
To make the most of this incredible opportunity, we really need your help.
The building is old and run down. We are determined to use the most sustainable products as possible. However, these can often cost more than conventional, cheaper options. We are bubbling over with ideas – will you help us with a donation that will bring our vision to life?
$30 would buy garden hand tools
$120 would buy an outdoor bench
$450 would buy a raised garden bed
$1000 would buy a community kitchen fridge
We want to create an open place for South Australians to be inspired, empowered and activated. To do this we are welcoming the community to be involved in its creation.
As well as financial assistance, it would also be great if you could help direct us to any in-kind support of skills or equipment, especially sustainable building materials. If you can think of any sponsorship opportunities, or any eco-business or organisation that would like to take advantage of our display, demonstration, advertising or venue hire, please get in contact.
Most importantly, we need YOU. Find out how you can volunteer to be a part of it today!
P.S You can download and view the brochure here.