Preparations for Gladstone's Ecofest gain momentum

THE region will go green next month for Ecofest 2014.

Now regarded as central Queensland's largest environmental awareness event, Ecofest will be held at the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens on June 1 from 9am to 3pm.

Themed "Keeping our Waterways Healthy", Ecofest coincides annually with World Environment Day.

Event organisers, Gladstone Festivals and Events, have been busy preparing for another successful Ecofest on behalf of Gladstone Regional Council.

The council's environment portfolio spokesperson councillor Col Chapman said Ecofest played an important role in promoting valuable environmental messages.

"Ecofest showcases what green initiatives are being employed by local industry, business, organisations and individuals to reduce their carbon footprint and protect the environment," Cr Chapman said.

Attractions on the day include wildlife and reptile shows, environmentally-friendly market stalls, fashion parade, walking tour and live entertainment.

There will be plenty to keep the kids busy with free face painting, craft activities, a jumping castle and rock climbing wall, plus the Hubbub Sound Playground to make some melodic sounds.

The Elders Greenhouse Tent will feature guest speakers Jerry Coleby-Willams from Gardening Australia, best-selling Australian author and domestic guru Shannon Lush and climate change and resource futures expert Rod Quantock.

Screening of the Healthy Harbour movie presentation, created by local company Elevate Media, will feature in the nearby Hothouse Tent alongside various informal guest speakers.

Entry and all Ecofest activities are free plus attendees who fill out an audience survey on the day have the chance to win a Heron Island getaway for two.

A shuttle bus from 9am to 3pm will operate every 30 minutes from the Kmart car park to Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens.

A gold coin donation will be required for the shuttle service with money collected from the shuttle bus service donated to the State Emergency Service (SES).

Visitors are also encouraged to car pool with parking available at Meteors Sports Club opposite the Gardens for a $2 donation.

A full Ecofest program will be available from mid-May on the council's website at www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/ecofest



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