Thumbs turn green as well-known gardening gurus visit
WELL-known environmentalists Ian Kiernan from Clean Up Australia fame and Jerry Coleby-Williams from Gardening Australia will headline at this year's eco weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Preparations are well under way for Ecofest, Central Queensland's largest environmental awareness event, which will take centre-stage at Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens on Sunday.
The event will also incorporate an eco forum hosted by the Gladstone Region Environmental Advisory Network on Saturday, featuring Mr Kiernan and Mr Coleby-Williams.
The pair will also make appearances in Ecofest's "Green House" tent from 9am to 3pm on Sunday.
Also in the tent will be permaculture expert Tim Auld, speaking about backyard chooks, bees, worms and livestock; sustainability and permaculture presenter Tim Lang, speaking about a backyard approach to permaculture design; and local gardening expert Tom Wyatt, who will join a panel discussion.
Gladstone Regional Council environment portfolio spokesman Col Chapman said it was a coup for the event to have such well-known identities share their knowledge and passion for the environment.
"Attendees of the Eco Forum will hear from Ian Kiernan on the success of Clean Up Australia Day, and Jerry Coleby-Williams will share his views on sustainable gardening," Cr Chapman said.
Popular television personality and Queensland ranger Tim Moore (Ranger Tim) will also deliver plenty of environmental words of wisdom.
Eco Fest also will feature wildlife presentations with hairy nosed wombats, crocodiles and snakes.
For a full program of events visit www.gladstone.qld.gov.au and follow the events link under the 'About Gladstone Region' drop down menu.