Thousands predicted to attend Gladstone environmental events

A CROWD of thousands are expected to take part at this weekend's 'green' celebrations in the Gladstone region.

This year central Queensland's largest environmental awareness event Ecofest will be held alongside the Gladstone Region Environmental Advisory Network (GREAN)'s annual Eco Forum.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the forum would allow residents a rare opportunity to hear noteworthy environmental speakers Ian Kiernan and Jerry Coleby-Williams at no cost.

"The Eco Forum will not only provide attendees with insightful presentations from keynote speakers but will also offer a time for sharing information, networking and learning more from other respected environmentalists," Councillor Sellers said.

The GREAN Eco Forum will be held on Saturday from 12.30pm to 4.30pm at the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens, as a precursor to Ecofest.

The event is free, however bookings are required for catering purposes to Gladstone Area Promotion & Development Ltd on 4972 4000.

Cr Sellers also encouraged residents to attend the Ecofest celebrations on Sunday.

"A huge line-up of family-orientated activities and attractions have been arranged by event organisers Gladstone Festivals and Events," she said.

"Ecofest is a day of entertainment and education for the whole family with many fun-filled activities on offer including entertainment on the main stage, guided garden walks, market and food stalls and face painting and a jumping castle for youngsters.

"Children will also love the educational wildlife shows featuring hairy nosed wombats, crocodiles and snakes."

Other popular activities include the Hubbub Sound Playground where children can make music from instruments made from recycled mag wheels and swimming pool filters.

Ecofest attractions, entertainment and activities will run from 9am to 3pm on Sunday, June 2 at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens.

A shuttle bus will operate every 30 minutes from the Kmart car park to the Gardens throughout the day.

A gold coin donation will be required with money collected from the shuttle service donated to the local State Emergency Service.

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

A full program of events for the weekend can be viewed on the council's website.

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