Making the most of the 2013 Ecofest event at the Tondoon Botanical Gardens are Bree Cruz, 14, Bonnie Young, 14, Rowan Lindley, 14, and Beth Heycox, 14.
Making the most of the 2013 Ecofest event at the Tondoon Botanical Gardens are Bree Cruz, 14, Bonnie Young, 14, Rowan Lindley, 14, and Beth Heycox, 14. Chris Chan

Thousands flock to event as Gladstone goes green

GLADSTONE got a little greener on Sunday as more than 8000 people flocked to the Tondoon Botanic Gardens for Ecofest 2013.

What started as a half-day event has grown into the largest annual affair at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens.

From Australian animals with Ranger Tim to learning hints for a hassle-free camping holiday, the main stage had something for everyone.

Youngsters got the chance to become junior rangers at the new Creature Feature section with popular television presenter Ranger Tim.

Local designer Maria Smith left audiences inspired with a fashion parade of outfits made from recycled household items.

Crowds also got a peek at the GreenScenes environmental short film festival entries and the announcement of Castaway Art Competition winners.

And with 15 extra stalls from last year, event co-ordinator at Gladstone Festivals and Events Kathy Andrew said the community had really embraced the environmental awareness event.



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