Something for Everyone at EcoFest 2018

The transformative powers of electric cars, marine research and gardening in Gladstone are just some of the topics speakers will address at this year’s Ecofest on Sunday, June 3.

Environmental and social advocacy campaigner, Jon Dee, CQUniversity Marine Ecologist, Dr Emma Jackson, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Chief Scientist, Dr David Wachenfeld, will feature in the Main Tent program at the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens.

They’ll be joined by Gardens’ staff talking on the topics of Port Curtis native plants, sustainable turf and Bonsai.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said Ecofest 2018 will also focus on an environmental future without plastic – and a major polluter of oceans – and what each one of us can do to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

“Jon Dee is one of Australia’s most influential environmentalists having driven campaigns involving incandescent light bulbs, phosphate in laundry detergents and removing plastic bags.

“He’s told millions of Australians they can bring about real and positive change in their daily lives that will help the environment and that’s what we’d love people to take away from this year’s Ecofest,” Councillor Burnett said.

Jon Dee’s advocacy goes right back to 1991, when he co-founded Planet Ark with Pat Cash to show people and businesses how they could reduce their impact on the environment.

Local marine ecologist, Dr Emma Jackson, will speak about her seagrass restoration research project in Port Curtis where there is a diverse landscape of habitats including seagrass meadows, mangroves, coral reefs and mudflats.

Emma is based on CQUniversity’s Gladstone campus and is looking into how seagrasses maintain their populations and develop resilience alongside industrial development and major port expansion.

GBRMPA’s Chief Scientist, Dr David Wachenfeld, will address the future of the Great Barrier Reef – a topic he has been researching for 21 years.

For more information on Central Queensland’s largest, free environmental festival visit Council’s website at www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/ecofest