Heroic Tourism did it for the dolphins!

by Jessie Panazzolo

Heroic Tourism, a local Adelaide conservation venture run by Jessie Panazzolo and Shannon Moulds, was proud to focus its first event in 2018 on the plight of dolphins in the tourism industry.

Since 2014, Heroic Tourism has been running as a global initiative to promote positive ethical alternatives to detrimental tourist ventures for wildlife. The event featured a screening on 7 March 2018 of The Cove, about Ric O’Barry’s investigation into the dolphin industry and the impacts that capturing dolphins has on captive individuals, wild populations and the health of Japanese citizens. After the screening, we held a discussion to find out how much the attendees knew about dolphins in tourism, what shocked them and what they had learned from the event.


Here are some reactions:

It’s important to see these things even if you know about the situation, to truly understand the enormity and make that emotional/cognitive connection. Humans (the ones in power) are motivated by greed and have an incredible amount of cognitive dissonance and or willful ignorance. You’re either an activist or an in-activist.

That dude’s persistence to make a change- proved to me that individuals can make a difference. Also how much exposure and understanding can impact an issue – we all need to share as much info as we possibly can!

I had no idea about how dolphins were being treated and mass murdered for no reason. Like I was aware that, yes, captive animals have a lower quality of life compared to wild animals in their natural environment, but I assumed that places like SeaWorld took care of its animals. Now I wonder how many other animal related attractions take terrible care of their animals!

After watching the documentary, 100% of attendees said that they cared more about dolphins in the tourism industry and 78% of people said that since the event they are more inclined to see animals in the wild rather than in tourist facilities.

On Saturday 10 March 2018 we hosted an excursion to swim with Adelaide dolphins on the Temptation sailing boat. We saw two species of dolphins, the local residents, Bottlenose Dolphins as well as the migratory Common Dolphin. It was shocking to hear that Bottlenose Dolphins can live up to 60 years in the wild, but only live up to five years in captivity which just goes to show that being a tourism hero can add 55 years to a dolphin’s life!


If you want to get involved with Heroic Tourism and our future events, please check our website www.heroictourism.com or our Facebook page for updates. Our next event, Education for Elephants on 20 April 2018, in aid of SA Youth Week, will focus on elephants in the tourism industry.

Thank you to Sustainable Communities for supporting this event and we look forward to working with them and a brand new lot of Tourism Heroes in future!




NEW! Seacliff Community Produce Swap


The Seacliff Community Produce Swap, supported by Sustainable Communities SA, is a monthly event to bring local community together, to share excess homegrown produce, to take home some goodies, to have a chat with neighbours and new friends over a cuppa, to share gardening knowledge, seeds and seedlings, and to connect with others over super local produce.

Starting Sunday 25 February 2018

9.30am-10.30am (swap at 10am)
at Kauri Reserve, 40a Kauri Parade, Seacliff
Then continuing on the last Sunday of every month 
Everyone is welcome!

During the warmer months (February-April) the swap will take place in Kauri Reserve,  corner of Wheatland Street and Kauri Parade, Seacliff.

Bring along any excess home grown fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, nuts, seeds and seedlings or homemade jams, preserves and baked goods. All goods are placed on the share table as people arrive, then at 10am sharp everyone is welcome to take whatever they would like. It is not a direct swap as such (ie you don’t swap your ‘something’ for ‘something’ else) but an informal swap and share.

Please come along even if you don’t have much or anything to contribute. Maybe you will the following month. Instead you could bake a cake for all to enjoy over their cuppa, or just provide us with a smile and your presence. The produce swap is about connecting with your local community. Everyone is welcome.

Produce swaps are a beautiful way to share and connect and we promise you will go home with a big smile. Newcomers are always welcomed.

Enquiries: Emma 0417 827 319, emma@asimpleshift.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seacliffproduceswap

Please get in touch if you would like to be on our mailing list to receive a monthly reminder.

Energy storage solutions becoming cheaper

The Climate Council has launched a report, Fully Charged: Renewables and storage powering Australiathat shows that energy storage solutions, like batteries and solar thermal, are rapidly decreasing in cost.

For the average Australian, the cost of adding solar and batteries to your home has never been lower, with further reductions in cost likely over the next few years.

Five fast facts on renewables and storage in Australia

  1. Plummeting costs are opening up access to renewable energy technologies
  2. Australians are jumping on board
  3. These technologies create new jobs
  4. They’re an essential weapon in the battle against climate change
  5. A diverse mix of energy solutions means a more resilient network

Renewable and storage technologies, in their many forms, are efficient, reliable, flexible, and increasingly cost effective. What we need are credible Federal Government policies that support their uptake.

Our reliable renewable energy future is within reach.

Unley Repair Cafe

Unley Repair Cafe is coming soon!

Repair cafes are places where expert repairers help community members learn how to fix their broken household items. Through the repair cafe we hope to repair things – share knowledge, skills, cups of tea – reduce landfill – save money – make friends – create community!

Unley Repair Cafe received a grant through the SA Government’s Fund My Neighbourhood to operate for 12 months. It  will be held from 9.30am – 12.30pm on the last Saturday of each month at Clarence Park Community Centre. The first session will be on Saturday 28 April 2018.

More repairers are needed so if you have skills in fixing things please get in touch – repaircafe@sustainablecommunitiessa.org.au.

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