Solar boat challenge competitors to race for success at Ecofest 2018

Young residents in the Gladstone Region will race their way to success in the Creative Recycling Centre’s Solar Boat Community Challenge at Ecofest on June 3.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett commended the Creative Recycling Centre’s creative addition to Ecofest, Gladstone Regional Council’s annual environmental festival.

The Creative Recycling Centre takes a community based creative approach to get Gladstone Region residents talking and thinking more about waste minimisation, reusing, recycling and environmental protection.

“This fun and exciting project involves teams of teenagers designing and building a solar-powered boat from recycled materials to race on the Tondoon Botanic Gardens lake during Ecofest,” Councillor Burnett said.

“The competition is expected to be an interesting drawcard to Ecofest with 12- to 17-year-olds setting their sights on claiming the inaugural race’s prize.”

Cr Burnett said the solar boat challenge enabled participants to learn more about recycling and solar power.

“The solar boat challenge shows the wider community there are many possible and creative uses for recycled materials,” he said.

“Importantly, it also enables Ecofest to highlight the environmental benefits of the importance of reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill as a community and reusing or recycling items where possible.”

Participants were required to register earlier in the month for the free event with boats built at two weekend workshops.

Teams will set up their boats from 11.30am at Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens’ lake with the race to start at 11.45am.

The winning team will be presented with the Solar Boat Community Challenge perpetual trophy, created from recycled materials by local artist Rosemary Anderson.