Mayor joins local identities to promote wildlife campaign
GLADSTONE Mayor Gail Sellers has joined a number of Gladstone Region identities in raising awareness of the plight of the northern hairy-nosed wombat and the bridled nailtail wallaby.
Councillor Sellers is among a group of local celebrities who have decorated a craft wood wombat to help promote the Wombat Factor 2 project.
Following the success of last year's inaugural Wombat Factor event, for which the Mayor also submitted a decorated wombat, Wombat Factor 2 again seeks to raise awareness and funds for the conservation of the critically endangered marsupials.
Cr Sellers said she was delighted to lend her efforts to the project, coordinated by the Australian Animals Care and Education (AACE).
"These may not be the most glamorous animals but they are very cute and it would be a tragic loss if we were to just stand by and watch them disappear," Cr Sellers said.
"Already, great work has been done to halt the decline in northern hairy-nosed wombats and hopefully they, along with bridled nailtail wallabies, can continue to thrive given the right conditions and amount of care."
Although pleased to lend her artistic flair to the project, Cr Sellers said the attention was on the talents of a dozen artist in the Gladstone region who attended a weekend wildlife immersion at the AACE wombat facility at Mount Larcom in March.
"After watching and learning about the wombats, wallabies and other native animals and their habitat, care and challenges, the artists have produced a series of works in various mediums for display at the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Gallery until the end of June," Cr Sellers said.
Cr Sellers said the project is a wonderful tie-in with the council's annual Ecofest event and proceeds from the sale of the items either at auction or while on exhibit will benefit the AACE program.
Ecofest 2013, Central Queensland's largest environmental awareness event, will be hosted at the Botanic Gardens on Sunday, June 2, from 9am to 3pm.
It is preceded this year, for the first time, by the Eco Forum, hosted by the Gladstone Region Environmental Advisory Network and featuring guest speakers Ian Kiernan (Clean Up Australia President) and Jerry Coleby-Williams (Gardening Australia), on Saturday, June 1.
For a full program of events on the eco weekend on the council's website visit here.