RESIDENTS are encouraged to think eco-friendly when travelling to free environmental awareness event Ecofest this weekend.
In a bid to limit exhaust emissions, Gladstone Regional Council is encouraging people to car pool or utilise an organised shuttle bus service on Sunday.
A shuttle bus will operate from the Kmart upper level carpark to Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens every half hour throughout the day.
The first bus departs from Kmart Gladstone at 9.15am and the final bus will leave the Gardens at 3pm.
Cost of the shuttle bus service is $2 with all proceeds to be donated to the SES.
This year, with the support of Australia Pacific LNG, additional parking adjacent to the Gardens will be available for Ecofest at the Glenlyon Road Park and Ride and Botanic Gardens Parking facility.
Construction of the park and ride facility was carried out by Council through project funding provided by Australia Pacific LNG.
The new facility includes 100 sealed and 50 unsealed parking spaces as well as a bus passenger set down.
Council's environment portfolio spokesperson councillor Col Chapman said Australia Pacific LNG offering the carpark use was perfect in helping to alleviate the huge demand for parking at Ecofest.
"Car pooling and using the shuttle bus service will help reduce the carbon footprint of Ecofest," Cr Chapman said.
Car parking will also be available at the Meteors Sports Ground at a cost of $2.
Meteors Sports Club has provided their grounds for Ecofest parking for the past 10 years, with all funds raised from the parking fees donated back to the club.
For further Ecofest information visit Council's website at www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/ecofest.