Ecofest 2015 is Gladstone Regional Council’s way of working with industry, business and the community to highlight environmental initiatives and celebrate successes that make this planet a better place to live.
Ecofest is coordinated by Gladstone Festival and Events on behalf of the Gladstone Regional Council. To go to the Gladstone Regional Council's Ecofest page please click here: http://www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/ecofest
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.
Harbour Watch community barge tours
Participants will view the growth of the Gladstone Harbour and gain an understanding of what our local students are learning through the Port Curtis Harbour Watch program, a school and community based program that monitors marine and estuarine waters.
The tour will provide information on the following areas:
• An overview of the port by GPC
• Liquefied natural gas overview by APLNG
• Harbour Watch students conduct water quality demonstration
• Monitoring in the harbour by Port Curtis Integrated Monitoring Program
• Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership Report Card
Refreshments will be available for purchase. Please bring photo ID, photo ID may be required from one family member before being able to board the vessel.
***If these tours need to be cancelled due to inclement weather you will be notified via email on the morning of Sunday 31st May.***
Information on the Free Ecofest Bus & Stallholder application forms for 2015 here
Ride the free bus and be in the running to win - 2 nights accommodation on Heron Island, twin share in a Reef Room with all meals and return launch transfers. Valued at over $1, 500. Please Note: Prize is non-transferable, non-exchangeable and non-redeemable for cash.
Prize winner will be contacted and announced on our Facebook page Tuesday 2nd June.
Check out the timetable here -
Ecofest Stallholder Form
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Free Ecofest bus 2015
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For sponsorship opportunities please call Jen in the office on 4972 5111
Thanks to our Sponsors for 2015 - see them here
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 family event.
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.