IBA Partnership Series – Simon Thornalley

Episode 62

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Host Mundanara Bayles is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference which is the accumulated knowledge that Aboriginal people developed over the tens of thousands of years of living in this land, now known as Australia.

Relationships are at the core of Aboriginal Culture and Society and in our whole history of living in this country we never invaded our neighbours.

An Aboriginal Terms of Reference introduction is based on “Who you are and not what you do”, this way of introduction has been practiced by Aboriginal people since the first sunrise. From an Aboriginal perspective this way of introduction reinforces our humaness, we are much more than our job titles.

This episode is proudly sponsored by Indigenous Business Australia who serves, partners and invests with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who want to own their own future.

On episode 63 I yarn with my second guest of the IBA partnership series, Simon Thornalley. Simon is from the Torres Strait and is the founder/operator of Saltwater Eco Tours, a sailing tours business operating on the waters of the Mooloolah river on the Sunshine Coast.

Launched in 2020, Saltwater eco tours is a unique and authentic experience on board a historical timber sailing vessel, in the traditional waters of the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi people.

Simon was introduced to his sailing lifestyle at a young age by his parents who were world class sailors and environmentalists themselves. He used his knowledge and passion to create a vision that was to establish an eco-tourism sailing experience that would inspire a deeper connection to Indigenous culture and the ocean.

We yarn about his business journey so far and the support IBA have provided him along the way. A deadly yarn! A must listen for mob thinking of starting in business. A truly great insight into what IBA can offer you in terms of business support.

Recommendations throughout this episode:

Indigenous Business Australia – https://iba.gov.au

Saltwater Eco Tours – https://www.saltwaterecotours.com.au

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The Black Magic Woman Podcast is hosted by Mundanara Bayles and is an uplifting conversational style program featuring mainly Aboriginal guests and explores issues of importance to Aboriginal people and communities.  Mundanara is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference and focusses more on who people are rather than on what they do.

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