Healthy waterways a focus of this year's Ecofest

THE importance placed on the welfare of marine wildlife in Gladstone waters is reflected in the program for Ecofest 2015, Gladstone Regional Council says.

Following on from World Turtle Day on Saturday, Ecofest 2015 on Sunday will also have the future welfare of turtles at heart.

Environment portfolio spokesman Col Chapman said among those hosting displays on the day would be the Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.

"Visitors to Ecofest 2015 can visit the rehabilitation centre's site and learn more about the wonderful work its volunteer staff do to help injured and ill turtles heal and return to their ocean homes," Cr Chapman said.

"The public may also be able to get a close up look at a recuperating turtle, although this will depend on the strength of its recovery."

Cr Chapman said the importance of maintaining healthy waterways within the region for the benefit of turtles and other marine life was also reflected in the introduction of the Harbour Watch community barge tours to this year's Ecofest program.

"While most of the action remains within the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens surrounds, the Harbour Watch tours, supported by Gladstone Ports Corporation and Australia Pacific LNG, will take this year's Ecofest on to the Gladstone Harbour," he said.

"The tour provides overviews of GPC operations and the liquefied natural gas industry, a water quality demonstration and a harbour health report card."

Gladstone District Wildlife Carers Association, Australian Animal Care and Save the Bilby Fund will showcase native animals, including wombats and bilbies.

Gladstone Sportfishing Club will display a fish tank featuring various specimens, and Feed Barn Gladstone will have chickens on show.

Ecofest 2015 is open to the public from 9am to 3pm at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens on Sunday, May 31.

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