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Join royalty recognised farmers at the Eco Festival

They’re the Cassowary Coast farmers that bucked the trend, which gained them global recognition - and even a visit from our future King.

Frank and Dianne Sciacca, a husband and wife team from Pacific Coast Ecobananas, are behind the famous red tip bananas and widely recognised for developing a unique farming method that has reduced the use of synthetic products to a level where the eco system balance is not impacted.

In November last year Frank and Dianne won the Princes of Wales Environmental Leadership - Reef Sustainability Award, and were invited to meet with His Royal Highness Prince Charles in Bundaberg during his most recent visit to Australia.

"When I first started this venture in 1998 after becoming disillusioned with the amount of fertiliser and chemicals I was using, I never once thought I would have Prince Charles visiting myself and Dianne and wanting to hear my story," said Frank.

"It was such an honour to have met him and share my passion about ecofriendly farming.

"His Royal Highness congratulated us on our achievements and said his award was just a small token of his appreciation for our commitment and hard work - and asked us to keep up the good work."

Now there’s an opportunity for the local community to meet the innovative team, and learn more about ‘What is a red tipped banana’ and ‘How Ecoganic farming is different from Traditional’ at the Johnstone River Community Garden’s upcoming Eco Festival.

Held on Sunday 10 June, the Eco Festival will exhibit stalls, workshops and presenters – all linked to ecofriendly products and innovative ideas.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council (CCRC) has limited spots for store holders. If you would like to become a stall holder, please contact CCRC Events Coordinator Joan Bond by phoning 4043 8812 or emailing

The Eco Festival will be held at the Johnstone River Community Gardens (accessed via the Diverse Learning Centre at the Innisfail State College, off Flying Fish Point Road) on Sunday 10 June, 2018 from 10am – 2pm. Entry to the Eco Festival is a gold coin donation.