Free harbour tours part of environment day

TWO free community Harbour Watch tours will be included in this year's Ecofest activities on Sunday, May 31.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the two-hour tours would add a new dimension to the annual environmental awareness festival to emphasise the importance of respecting and protecting the region's waterways.

Ecofest, organised by Gladstone Festival and Events on behalf of the council, is one of central Queensland's premier events to mark World Environment Day.

The Harbour Watch tours are supported by Gladstone Ports Corporation and Australia Pacific LNG.

"In addition to land-based Ecofest activities, this year participants will be able to view the growth of the Gladstone harbour and learn about different aspects of the harbour aboard Curtis Ferry Services' barges," Cr Sellers said.

"Marine environmental awareness and education is extremely important given our region's proximity to the Queensland coastline."

The tours will also explain what local students are learning through the Port Curtis Harbour Watch program, a school and community based endeavour to monitor marine and estuarine waters.

The Harbour Watch tours will include an overview of the port by GPC, a liquefied natural gas overview by APLNG, water quality demonstrations conducted by Port Curtis Harbour Watch program students, information on monitoring in the harbour by Port Curtis Integrated Monitoring Program and details about the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership report card.

Tours will run from 10am to noon and 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

Tour places are limited. Those wishing to ensure their spot can do so by pre-registering online at www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/ecofest.

Ecofest 2015 will be held at the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens on May 31 from 9am to 3pm.