South Australia's peak environment organisation Conservation SA has established a community environment space in the heart of Adelaide.
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.
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.
Our community is rapidly transforming the site into a lush and productive oasis in the middle of the city.
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 Depot Collective Cafe serving local and seasonal produce, 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.
The land and country
Conservation SA and the tenants of The Joinery acknowledge that we meet on the traditional country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.
Most importantly, we need YOU. Be a part of it today and join in at The Joinery.
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. 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.
Stay in The Joinery loop!