Alice Springs Malayalee Association (AMA) Inc. is a not for profit community organisation started in 2012 December by a group of Alice Springs residents speaking Malayalam hailing from the state of Kerala located in Southern India. Currently, AMA has approximately 510 individuals on our register and continuing to grow with new members joining each month. Today Malayalee community is one of the fast growing communities in Alice Springs due to many migrants arriving from UK, Ireland and other parts of the world. Most of our members are working in the health and community care services and directly contributing to the wellbeing of the local community. In addition, many of the AMA members are employed under various NTG Departments including Police, Correctional centres, and Education etc. and some of them are running local businesses in Alice Springs.
Being so far away from our native place, it is important to have some socio-cultural interaction with many others in the society, especially the local Alice Springs community and have some events to provide entertainment and interaction for the community members. For the last 7 years our events/functions are well participated and attended by local community members and Government officials. These events provided all AMA members an opportunity to showcase our traditional cultural programs, traditional festivals and events that are truly representing our rich culture and thus share our friendship with the wider local community.
Traditionally as an organisation, we celebrate our festivals here in Alice Springs, which includes Onam (harvest festival), X’mas and a combined Easter and vishu (New year festival of Kerala). We also conduct sports and arts events, food festivals, fundraising events and movies in Alice Springs. We have a strong working relationship with local government bodies, Local Communities, Alice Springs Town Council, Indian cultural association, Multicultural Association and many other organisations in Alice Springs. We are really fortunate to celebrate our national festivals with overwhelming support and cooperation from other communities throughout these years. We also work very close with Multicultural Services of Central Australia (MSCA) to support local community organisations through different programs. Furthermore, we encourage local development by organising events and feast; we extend our support to the local suppliers and businesses in town.
Kerala, a state on India's tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It's known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers.
Alice Springs is a remote town in Australia’s Northern Territory, halfway between Darwin and Adelaide, both 1,500km away. It’s a popular gateway for exploring the Red Centre, the country's interior desert region. Its 1872 origin as part of the Overland Telegraph Line (linking Darwin and Adelaide) is preserved in the vintage buildings and equipment at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.
We engage with our existing members, helping them with quality programs, avenues to network and volunteer opportunities. We are working to bring more transparency and access to AMA this year to enhance and enrich this AMA-family with more friendly smiles and thoughtful minds.