Turtle education display to feature at Ecofest 2016

Did you know the shell of a turtle is made up of 60 separate bones?

Visit Ecofest 2016 on Sunday, June 5 at the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens to learn more weird and wonderful turtle facts from the Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.

The centre opened in March 2012 and specialises in marine turtle rehabilitation as a result of human and natural interferences.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the centre would be a welcomed addition to the Ecofest 2016 market stall line up.

“Adults and children will be able to see native turtles up close and personal at the display, while learning about the animal through displays, slides shows and activities,” Councillor Burnett said.

“This is a great way for the community to visualise the impact humans have on local marine life.”

Council’s Environment and Community Services Committee Chair Councillor Cindi Bush said the Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre marquee would be available for public participation from 9am to 3pm.

“The centre does an amazing job, rehabilitating up to 10marine turtles at any one time,” Cr Bush said.

“The community will have ample time to visit the gardens to check out the centre’s work and hopefully learn how to reduce their impact on local marine life,” she said.

For Ecofest 2016 program details visit www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/ecofest