Think Global, Act Local

Flinders Island whitemark reflection mt strzelecki

Why “Think Global, Act Local”?

Ever since we opened way back in June 2014 (5 years ago!) the Purple Swamphen has had two goals:

  1. to support small handmade businesses by providing a local outlet to connect them with customers;
  2. to support and encourage people to create less waste (particularly plastics) to reduce our impacts locally and globally.

Just A Card and Plastic-Free July are two global movements that underpin everything we’re trying to achieve in our tiny corner of the world.

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Just A Card

“If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought ‘just a card’, we’d still be open”

Have you heard of the Just A Card campaign? I hadn’t until recently, but it really resonates with me!

Just A Card was founded by Sarah Hamilton, who read the above comment from a shop owner who had recently closed doors. Sarah decided something needed to be changed, so started encouraging small purchases from local businesses and makers.

Often we visit handmade shops & market stalls, and feel awkward that we can’t afford the big things, or perhaps the items aren’t really to our tastes. A graciously simple way to give support is to buy a card!


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Mountain Biking island style!

mountain biking flinders island views

mt strzelecki flinders island
Mountain Biking Flinders Island offers a ride around the wild foothills of Mt Strzelecki.

Recently I had the absolute pleasure of being a guinea pig for new island business Mountain Biking Flinders Island. We completed the Ride Strz track, which follows the southern coast of Flinders, in the shadow of Mt Strzelecki.  (Top tip: the mountain is pronounced “Strezlecki”. The name is of Polish origin 🙂

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