Gladstone Harbour Festival
WICET is a proud sponsor of the 2013 Gladstone Harbour Festival, sponsoring the opening night firework display on Sunday, 24 March.
The Gladstone Harbour Festival is one of the largest free community festivals in Australia and is strongly attended by the Gladstone and wider Central Queensland communities.
Originally a one-day event to greet the winners of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, the now week-long celebration brings a buzz to the Gladstone region every year. The event showcases the region and the community’s unique lifestyle to over 70,000 visitors each year.
Pyjama Foundation Long Road event
The Pyjama Foundation is a children’s charity dedicated to helping children in foster care, offering a learning-based mentoring program free of charge.
On Sunday, 24 March, Gladstone will be one of ten centres across Queensland and NSW to host community walking events. All funds raised through these events will be retained locally to help fund the program in the region.
WICET is proud to be a sponsor of the Gladstone event. Beyond monetary support, a number of staff will participate in the walking event.
Dad’s Day Out – 28 October 2012
WICET is supporting Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited’s initiative, Dad’s Day Out, on Sunday 28 October 2012, from 10am to 20m, at the Gladstone PCYC. WICET is among the sponsors of the event which aims to provide dads and their children a variety of interactive activities to spend quality time, enjoying and having fun together.
Seedlings donated to assist local environmental projects
has donated thousands of native, Semi Evergreen Vine Thicket seedlings
to assist local revegetation and beautification projects.
Undertaken as part of WICET’s environmental commitments, more than 5000 seedlings were propagated and grown with the aim of conserving local genetic plant stock that has adapted to the Gladstone area.
The seedlings were grown at the Toondoon Botanic Gardens, under the supervision of curator, Brent Braddick, using seed and root stock collected at Golding Point during the early stages of the WICET project.
While the seedlings have flourished, there was no suitable location available at the new terminal site. Therefore, other options were investigated with the condition that recipients could not financially benefit from the donation.
Gladstone landscapers and native plant enthusiasts, Jason Younger and Jenny Verne, have taken delivery of approximately 3000 seedlings. They use the seedlings to undertake a number of beautification projects at their 15-acre property including screening, reinforcing an embankment, creating a walking trail around the property and landscaping native display areas.
The balance of the seedlings will be donated to the Gladstone Branch of Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA). The group has earmarked the plants for several local projects, including the rehabilitation of 900m2 of coastal scrub at Boyne Island Beach.
WICET helps fund sensory garden
Rosella Park School has a new Sensory Garden for the enjoyment and education of Gladstone's special needs children.
WICET was among those industries and businesses who supported the $95,000 initiative, donating more than $11,000 through its Community Investment Program.
WCET General Manager - Project Development, Gerry Randell, who helped officially open the new facility and was inducted as a School Ambassador, said: "WICET is extremely proud to have played a small role in ensuring this worthwhile project became a reality."
"It's a credit to the school, its teachers, parents, students and the wider community that the sensory garden is now being enjoyed by the students at Rosella Park," Mr Randell said.
Clinton State School – Cultural awareness
WICET recently assisted Clinton State School in advancing a key school project aimed at promoting cultural awareness.
Through its Community Investment Program, WICET Funded the installation of a tri-flagpole at the school’s front entrance. The flagpole proudly displays the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.
School Principal Reid Thompson said WICET’s contribution had enabled the school community to further the improvement agenda in relation to Indigenous Education.
“The completion of this project will go a long way in promoting cultural awareness and engendering pride in our school,” he said.
WICET General Manager Project Development, Gerry Randell, said funding for the project was a small example of WICET’s commitment to building a legacy for the Gladstone community through contributing to local non-profit community groups and community development initiatives.
“Journey” by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artist James Ryan was recently acquired by WICET through its Community Investment Program.
WICET support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists
WICET has supported two local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists by acquiring works displayed as part of the NAIDOC Week exhibition held at the Gladstone Art Gallery in July.
WICET was a proud sponsor of the 2012 Gladstone NAIDOC Week program which celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures. This year’s theme was ‘Spirit of the Tent Embassy – 40 Years On’.
WICET was proud to be part of one of Gladstone’s largest community events, EcoFest, when it was held on Sunday 3 June at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens.
WICET sponsored the event and hosted a stand. The virtual fly-over DVD was a popular inclusion as was the kids colouring-in competition and giveaways. The display also included information about project construction, including the latest aerial images; environmental initiatives and the Gladstone-Mt Larcom Road Upgrade.
Gladstone Harbour Festival
The Gladstone Harbour Festival is an annual week-long event, which is one of the largest free community festivals in Australia.
Originally a one day event to greet the winners of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, the celebration has been running for over 50 years, and still continues to attract over 70,000 visitors to Gladstone each year. WICET was a proud supporter of this year’s Festival, and as part of its commitment to the Gladstone community were among the sponsors of the opening night fireworks held on Sunday, 1 April.