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.