The Ecofest concept was developed by the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre after staff attended a seminar by world environmental expert, David Bellamy, in 1998. Mr Bellamy commented on the surprisingly good balance that exists between industry and the environment in the Gladstone region. He was also impressed by the level of community involvement and suggested the Region should promote its environmental performance.
Education Queensland supported the Ecofest idea, working in partnership with industry and community groups to educate the community on the environment and sustainability.
The first Ecofest was held at Bray Park, Boyne Island in 1999. After two years at this location and the festival growing in size and popularity, Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre sought assistance with this event from Gladstone's council. With the additional support of sponsors, Ecofest has gone from strength to strength.
In 2001 Ecofest moved to the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens which has been its home ever since.
Ecofest has been designed to promote environmental sustainability through educational displays and interactive activities promoted by local industry, business and community groups as well as promoting products with an 'environment' theme. To allow the whole family to participate and learn about the environment, entertainment, food and drink stalls and hands on demonstrations are also organised for the day.
Industry, government departments, Councils and community groups are working individually and in partnerships to protect and conserve the environment and Ecofest provides an opportunity for these organisations to showcase local efforts, which contribute to global sustainability through preservation and promotion of biodiversity.