Working with industry, business and the community to highlight environmental initiatives.
Ecofest is an annual environmental festival established to celebrate World Environment Day. It aims to promote positive environmental actions in the Gladstone Region and improve environmental awareness within the community. Ecofest links people with environmental products and services whilst being a fun, interactive
The Ecofest concept was developed by the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre (BIEEC) after staff heard world environmental expert David Bellamy, speak in 1998. Mr Bellamy commented on the surprisingly good balance that existed between industry and the environment in the Gladstone Region. He was also impressed by the level of community involvement and suggested that the Region should promote its environmental performance.
Ecofest has been a part of the Gladstone Region for over 15 years. It has received continued support from the community and industry alike. So, what keeps people coming back year after year?
• Sense of pride and achievement gained from contributing positively to the local region’s environment.
• Creates positive local role models through which family and community members demonstrate the
importance of community participation and environmental responsibility.
• Establishes a sense of belonging to the community, and promotes local environmental groups.
• Helps to educate and inform the Gladstone Region community about the environment, and local industry
• A social day where you can spend time with your family, friends and neighbours.
A green event
Gladstone Regional Council aims to reduce the environmental footprint of Ecofest. To achieve this goal, $1000 from each Gold Sponsorship will
be used to fund projects or initiatives within the local community. In 2014 Conservation Volunteers Australia received $2,000 for
additional planting of Australian native trees in the Gladstone Region.
The festival has a unique hands-on and interactive focus, with a range of activities PLUS a variety of environmentally focused stalls and displays featuring the region’s major industry, local businesses and volunteer organisations.
Ecofest 2015 will be held on Sunday 31st May 2015 at Tondoon Botanic Gardens.
ECOFEST THEME 2015 'Grown in Gladstone'
'Grown in Gladstone' - the theme for Ecofest 2015, like the future of the Gladstone Region itself, is abundant with possibilities. The term could be applied to long-term residents who are products of the region, or to more recent arrivals who have seen their lives and careers flourish here. It could just as aptly refer to the recent rapid expansion in population, infrastructure, business and industry which the region has undergone, or the increasing awareness of environmental issues within the community, industry and agriculture and the realisation that we need to minimise damage to the benevolent but fragile ecosystem that supports us. The theme encourages the community to take pride in our region and to be proactive in helping to protect it. The theme also reflects the success of Ecofest itself, having grown from modest beginnings to become one of Central Queensland's largest environmental awareness events.
Find your Stallholder Application Form and Sponsorship Prospectus here; there are still some great 'naming' rights opportunities available. Call Jen on 4972 5111 for further details.
Ecofest Sponsors Prospectus
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Ecofest Stallholder Form
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Thanks to our Sponsors for 2016 - see them here