In 2021, the Purple House opened a community focused social enterprise hub on the east side of Alice Springs. This welcoming and tranquil space is easily accessible from anywhere in town, and just a 1-2 minute drive or short walk from the CBD. With beautifully renovated buildings full of character and shaded outdoor spaces surrounded by trees and grass, the site is home to our long-standing Bush Balm business and our newer Purple Shed enterprise. The development of the Purple House Social Enterprise Hub was only possible thanks to significant support from the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation. Purple House was also grateful to receive a Coles Nurture grant to support the Purple Shed kitchen equipment.
Bush Balm has been operating for over a decade, but the Bush Balm house is the first purpose-built space to house all our bush medicine production and the ongoing growth and success of the enterprise. The products are all made by hand by our team of First Nations staff using wild-harvested plants from around Central Australia. You’ll often experience the soothing scent of Irmangka Irmangka or Arrethe wafting around the building while you’re visiting our retail shop where you’ll find Bush Balm products, Purple House merchandise and a selection of gorgeous items from other Indigenous enterprises around Alice Springs.
The Purple Shed enterprise launched with the site, to provide nutritious renal friendly hot lunches for Purple House patients at our home base in Gillen, and to cater for events in the Purple Shed. The Purple Shed is a unique WWII shed which has been refurbished to provide a multi-purpose space for patient well-being events as well a venue for hire for external groups to use for training/workshops, meetings and special events. The inside space is enhanced by the stunning work of Western Desert artists and you’ll have access to delicious home-style cooking from our Purple Shed kitchen team. There are also multiple covered outdoor spaces, and the site is designed to help people connect with each other and to share culture. There’s nothing quite like it in Alice Springs!
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Bush Balm and Purple House acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to the land, waters and skies. We pay our respects to Elders and community members past and present.
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