Creative Recycling Centre to unveil marine debris sculptures at Ecofest

Ecofest

Help minimise marine debris at local beaches in the lead up to Ecofest 2017!

The Creative Recycling Centre (CRC) is encouraging the local community to collect marine debris and bring it to Ecofest 2017 to help create recycled marine sculptures.

The bases for each sculpture are already complete with community workshops held in April and early May and led by local artist Julie Meirs.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the sculptures would demonstrate the amount and types of rubbish that end up on our local beaches.

“CRC volunteers will also engage the public in discussions about the impact rubbish has on marine life and provide an overview of the recycling motto – reduce, reuse, recycle,” Councillor Burnett said.

Councillor Desley O’Grady, a member of the Gladstone Region Environmental Advisory Network, said Ecofest 2017 attendees were encouraged to bring along their own marine debris.

“Attendees can add the materials to the sculpture in any creative manner to achieve the finished product,” Cr O’Grady said.

“Boyne Island and Tannum Sands residents can recycle their marine debris in the collection bin out the front of Ocean Breeze Gallery on Ocean Street, Tannum Sands.

“The materials will be collected and sorted before being used as part of the CRC sculptures at Ecofest 2017.

“The project is supported by Gladstone Festival and Events, Regional Arts Development Fund and Conservation Volunteers Australia.

Ecofest 2017, Central Queensland’s largest environmental awareness event, is being held on Sunday, June 4 at the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens.

For more information on Ecofest 2017, download the full program via www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/ecofest

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