Conservation SA is proud to host a vibrant community environment space in the heart of Adelaide: The Joinery.
For years you may have walked past the old rundown bus station at 111 Franklin Street: covered with graffiti and surrounded by temporary fencing and weeds.
In 2014, Conservation SA noticed a sign calling for Expressions of Interest to lease and ‘reactivate’ the site. We immediately saw the potential and were successful in our pitch to lease the site from Adelaide City Council.
Since then, the Joinery has become a bustling, thriving hub for sustainability and environment in the centre of the city. We host seven tenant organisations – including PureSA, GetUp and Bikes for Refugees – plus our Adelaide Sustainability Centre and the award-winning Foodprint Experience Cafe on our ground floor. Our venue hire spaces are in high demand, and we have welcomed nearly 23,000 visitors through our doors since opening in 2015.
The Joinery is a space for South Australians to come to connect and create a better future together.
Our community is joined by a love for nature and sustainable living. It's here we can show, share and live the positive change we all want.
The large outdoor space is full of veggie patches, fruit trees, chooks, bees, native plants, sculptures, murals, rain garden, solar panels and bike workshops. Inside features the Adelaide Sustainability Centre, energy demonstration, environmental displays, art and performance, and extensive meeting, exhibition and event spaces to hire.
As the 'front door' for the environment, The Joinery is home to a fantastic mix of environment, sustainability and community groups. Already there is a wonderful sense of shared positive energy.
This is an open and welcoming space to connect a community who have a love for nature and care about living sustainably. We want everyone to be able to come here to be inspired and empowered together.
So many enthusiastic and generous volunteers and other supporters have already been involved so far.
The Joinery has always been 'for community, by community' — so it is up to all of us to help create it.
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