Roadmap to a desertSMART Town

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The Roadmap to a desertSMART Town is a blueprint for making Alice Springs a resilient and vibrant desertSMART town. A town that uses resources cleverly: doing more with less. A town that has a strong, localized economy and a well articulated desert identity. A town that is moving towards a more sustainable, resilient future.

Roadmap 2013

With support of the NT Government’s Community Climate Change grant scheme, and in partnerhsip with Desert KnowdesertSMART COOLmob will lead the development of a new Roadmap to a desertSMART Town for 2013-18. This new Roadmap will carry forward the success of the original Roadmap, while seeking to set the agenda for the next five years in 7 key areas:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Planning (previously built environment)
  • Economy
  • Food
  • Transport

Experts and key informants will be consulted in each of the seven areas to inform the development of the new Roadmap, and the public will be invited to contribute to the process via a community forum, written submissions and an online questionnaire. Follow the link above to, or watch out TV ad below to  find out more about how you can get involved in the Roadmap to a desertSMART Town (2013-18).


Originally conceived in 2005 by the Arid Lands Environment Centra and the Centre for Sustainable Arid Towns, the Roadmap brought together business, government and community to develop a shared vision for a desertSMART Alice Springs, in the areas of energy, water, waste and built environment.

The Roadmap, and associated 70 actions to make Alice Springs a desertSMART Town were highly innovative and influential documents at the time, directly contributing to the establishment of the successful Alice Solar City and Alice WaterSMART projects in the years following.

To read more about the original Roadmap, or to download a copy, follow this link to the ALEC website.


With the support for the NT Govnerment’s EnvironmeNT grants scheme, desertSMART COOLmob has undertaken an evaluation of the impact of the original 2005 Roadmap. This evaluation was planned to give a clearer picture of which projects from the 70 Actions to make Alice Springs a desertSMART Town have been implemented, and some indications of water and CO2 emissions savings associated with them. It is a key resource for informing the development of the new 2013 Roadmap.

Download the evaluation report here.

Key Dates

Evaluation Launch – 2005 Roadmap to a desertSMART Town
Tuesday, 12th of March, 2013
5:30 – 7:00pm
The Chifley Alice Springs Resort

Business Consultation Forum – Roadmap to a desertSMART Town (2013-18)
Wednessday, 12th of June, 2013
5:30 – 8:30pm
The Corkwood Room, Desert Knowledge Australia

Community Consultation Forum – Roadmap to a desertSMART Town (2013-18)
Thursday, 13th June, 2013
5:30 – 8:30pm
The Andy McNeil Room, Alice Springs Town Council Chambers

Launch – Roadmap to a desertSMART Town (2013-18)
desertSMART Gala Dinner
Friday, August 9th, 2013
7:00 – 11:00pm
Bean Tree Cafe, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens

Roadmap Public Review

Sunday, August 11th, 2013
12:30 – 1:30pm
Olive Pink Gallery and Gazebo (as a part of the 2013 Eco Fair)

Written submissions and online surveys
Open: 12th of March, 2013
Close: 30th of June, 2013

Roadmap to a desertSMART Town (2013-2018) Final Report Launch

March 18th, 2014



For more information about how to make a written submission or fill out the online survey, please click the “How can I get involved?” icon above.