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Social Responsibility

At Dolphin Marine Conservation Park (Pet Porpoise Pool) we believe our social responsibility is based on business decisions and activities the staff and management make that affects our community and our environment.

 

Only through transparent and ethical behaviour can we contribute to sustainable practices, including the health and the welfare of our community and environment. We do this by taking into account the expectations of our stakeholders, complying or exceeding best practice environmental practices, and by taking responsibility for our actions.

 

Environment

 

In 2009 we joined the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in their Sustainability Advantage Program to boost our environmental performance. The program was designed to reduce risk, lowers costs, improve productivity and enhance our reputation. In June 2011 we were presented with our -Bronze Partner' plaque for our achievements by reducing our water consumption by more than 12% and energy costs by almost 11%. Later in the same year we were presented with a 'ZERO Carbon Footprint for Waste to Landfill' award by our regional waste management company, Handybin in conjunction with Impact Environmental. We are currently working toward our -Silver Partnership' which we plan to achieve in the near future.

 

We pride ourselves on our ability to influence our guests to make better choices in their waste disposal by showing that our animals can recycle plastic bottles in the appropriate bin and challenging them by saying, 'if a seal can do it, so can you!' As a result of our efforts, we recycle more than 80% of all the waste generated throughout the park.

 


educational support & work experience program partners 



  • Orara High School
  • Woolgoolga High School
  • Roseville College
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Nambucca High School
  • Wollongbar TAFE
  • Coffs Harbour High School
  • John Paul College
  • Dorrigo High School
  • Urrbrae Agricultural College, Netherby S.A
  • Taree Christian College
  • St. Pauls Anglican Grammar School, Warragul VIC
  • Taronga Training Institute
  • Southern Cross University
  • Coffs Harbour Senior College
  • Sapphire Coast Anglican College
  • Toongabbie Christian School
  • James Cook University
  • Grafton High School
  • Griffith University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Bishop Druitt College
  • Mount st Joseph High School, Milperra
  • Figtree High School
  • Murdoch University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Sydney
  • University of New England
  • University of Queensland
  • Evans River High School
  • Trinity College Lismore
  • Great Lakes College
  • Gungahlin College, ACT
  • Brauer College
  • Maclean High School
  • University of Wollongong
 
 
 
Testimonials

"Growing up on a cattle property I did not have much experience with working with marine animals. This meant that when the opportunity came up to study the Certificate 3 Captive Animal course and complete work placement at Dolphin Marine Conservation Park I jumped at the chance. It was amazing to work with all of the animals at the park, learning the ropes and all of the ways that the keepers care for the animals. This opportunity has led me to become a volunteer for Dolphin Marine Rescue Animal Rehab Trust (DMRART), so that even after I complete my course and placement I am still able to work alongside these amazing animals and the people who care for them." Rebecca TAFE 2020

 

"Just a quick word to thank the fantastic team at Dolphin Marine Conservation Park & TAFE Coffs Harbour for the opportunity to undergo my work placement for Certificate III Captive Animal studies at this iconic facility. Having such a hands-on experience with the incredible Dolphins, Sea Lions, Little Blue Penguins & Sea Turtles was what made this course so special. The decades of knowledge that was passed on to us as students from the Marine Team and our devoted TAFE teacher has been incredible. This is truly a remarkable place for students to learn!"  sincere thanks, Karen TAFE 2020 

 

 


educational support & work experience program partners 


  • Bellingen High School
  • John Paul College
  • Daramalan College
  • Evans River K-12 School
  • Great Lakes College
  • Camden Haven High School
  • Bonville Public School
  • Nambucca Heads High School
  • Trinity Catholic College Lismore
  • Southern Cross University
  • Fairholme College
  • Tenterfield High School
  • Coffs Coast Community College Inc
  • Murrumba State Secondary College
  • Toormina High School
  • Big Picture School Cooks Hill
  • Glenwood High School
  • Woodenbong Central School
  • Warialda High School
  • Billabong High School
  • Macksville High School
  • Colo High School
  • Orara High School
  • Aquinas College Melbourne
  • St John Bosco College
  • Gloucester High School
  • Cronulla High School
  • Fitzroy High School
  • Coffs Harbour High School
  • Killarney Heights High School
  • Cooks Hill Campus Newcastle
  • Avondale School
  • Quirindi High School
  • Helensvale State High School
  • Kotara High School
  • St Catherine’s Catholic College
  • Kurri Kurri High School
  • Woolgoolga High School
  • Apollo Bay College
  • Bishop Druitt College
  • Heathcote High School
  • Ballarat Grammar School
  • Glendale Technology High School
  • Endeavour College
  • Picton High School
 

  • North Coast TAFE Wollongbar
  • North Coast TAFE Coffs Harbour
  • Australian Open Colleges
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Central Queensland
  • University of New England
 


Social Events

Northcott Christmas Party December 2015

"Over the years Northcott through our Support Networks Program, and the wonderful staff of the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, have been able to assist hundreds of individuals and families come together to enjoy the facilities and the attractions at the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park. This ongoing support has been very much appreciated by Northcott and the families we support. Many of the families have met for the first time at the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, but they go away as life long friends. The smiles and laughter of the children as they enjoy and partake in the shows has been incredibly rewarding for all involved. We thank all those involved at the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park for their ongoing support"
Testimonial Northcott January 2016

Dreamnight 2006-2013

Dreamnight at the Zoo (Pool)' is a free evening exclusively for chronically ill and disabled children, their parents and brothers and sisters. We were the second park in Australia to join the international foundation to host these magical events. We began in 2006 with the help of our suppliers, partners and our staff all giving their goods, services, and/or time. We thank all those organisations and their staff for their ongoing support - we could not do it without you! In 2012 we welcomed over 300 people to the event our biggest event to date! Santa made an appearance, handing out gift bags for the children, everyone had a kiss by both our dolphins and seals and a grand time was had by all.

Give Me 5 For Kids 2015 - 2019

Dolphin Marine Conservation Park were involved with Southern Cross Austereo for the Give Me 5 For Kids charity fundraiser, raising money for the children's ward at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus. Dolphin Marine Conservation Park donated items for auction, along with opening the park to the public after hours for a special show with 100% of the door money going towards the fundraiser.

"The Dolphin Marine Conservation Park fundraiser was one of the most successful fundraisers we ran in 2015 with close to $2000 raised in total" Jarrad Brooke, Promotion Manager SCA



Community

As part of our commitment to the community and their endeavors to raise funds for worthy causes we give away passes and animal experiences. To receive these gifts we ask that the charity, school, organisation, group or other entity write to us on their letter head outlining the project or cause, including what they are seeking. Dolphin Marine Conservation Park gifts nearly $100,000.00 each year, but more importantly these gifts help raise the needed cash for their respective recipients. See below for a list of people we received certificates or thank you letters from. 

  • Mamre Anglican School
  • Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
  • Australian Red Cross
  • Connect Northern Rivers
  • St Andrew's Christian School
  • Bishop Druitt College
  • Casuarina Steiner School
  • Cudgen Primary School
  • Cancer Council - Relay for Life
  • Coffs Harbour Basketball Assoc
  • Yanderra Public School
  • ETC Business Leaders
  • Youth Directions
  • Community Care Options
  • Bravehearts - Where's William
  • Rotary Club Woolgoolga
  • We Care Day - Coffs Coast
  • South West Rocks Public School
  • Starlight Children's Foundation
  • Camp Quality Giggle Ball
  • Bear Cottage Westmead
  • Bellinger Valley Basketball Assoc.
  • Coffs Coast Legacy Gala Ball
  • "For Ellie" Fundraiser Forster
  • Coffs Harbour Garden Club Inc
  • Westpac Rescue Helicopter
  • Arthritis Research Foundation
  • Apex 40 Australia
  • St Josephs Primary School
  • Jeep Action Camp Coffs
  • 2015 Parkinson's Awareness
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Coffs Riding for the Disabled
  • ETC Relay for Life Trivia
  • St Mary of the Angels School
  • Bonville Public School
  • Taree Christian College
  • Leukaemia Foundation
  • Worlds Greatest Shave
  • Coffs Harbour Health Campus
  • John Paul College
  • Clarence Valley Anglican School
  • Valla Community PreSchool
  • Zonta Club of Tamworth
  • Community OOSH
  • Carols by Candlelight Dorrigo
  • Joyland Carers Retreat
  • Beyondblue
  • Manilla Men of League
  • SCU Midwives Day
  • Youth Science Forum
  • Make-a-Wish Australia
  • Meals on Wheels Sawtell
  • Men's Shed Coffs Harbour
  • MS Australia
  • Northcott Disability Services
  • Old Bar Preschool
  • PCYC - Charity Golf Day
  • Pink Ribbon Day
  • Pink Silks Ladies Day Annually
  • Possums' Den Preschool
  • White Ribbon Day -Ovarian Cancer
  • Hallidays Point Public School
  • Arawang Primary School, ACT
  • Manilla Community Preschool
  • Chevalier College
  • Cancer Council Relay for Life
  • Senior Citizens Assoc.
  • Corindi Public School
  • Macarthur Parents Support Group
  • James Erskine Public School
  • Macleay Valley Coast Diabetes Group
  • Bruce Lynton Charity Golf Day
  • A Bear Affair
  • The Edwards Family
  • Korora Public School


 


  • Old Bar Preschool
  • Tyalla Public School
  • John XXIII School
  • Souths Junior Netball Club
  • Adventurethon
  • St Andrews Christian School
  • A night for the Arrowsmiths
  • Princess Avalon
  • Woolgoolga Boardriders
  • Coffs Harbour Boardriders
  • The Billabong OZ Grom Cup
  • Business Womens Halloween Night
  • McHappy Day
  • St Brigids Primary School
  • The Greens The Entrance
  • Kyogle Studders
  • Cudgen Public School
  • Coffs Coast Gymnastics
  • Coffs City United Football Club
  • Coffs Harbour Swimming Club
  • Maitland Motor Club
  • Thalia's Story
  • Coffs Harbour Childrens Ward
  • Cerebal Palsy Fundraiser
  • Pink Hope Gala Ball
  • Rainbow Cottage
  • RSPCA
  • Starlight Foundation
  • Ulysses Club
  • Variety Special Children's Party
  • Westpac Life Saver Rescue
  • St Andrews Christian School
  • Kindamindi Preschool
  • Casino Vision Impaired Group
  • Gnibi Supported Playgroup
  • Donna Atkins & family
  • "Dance for Cancer" fundraiser
  • Stockton Public School
  • St. Patricks Primary School
  • Oyster Bay Public School
  • Coffs Harbour Public School
  • Jump Start - APM
  • Dungowan Parents & Community
  • Nulkaba Public School
  • South Coffs Community Gardens
  • Sawtell Playgroup
  • The McGrath Foundation
  • Clarence Valley Anglican School
  • Berala Public School
  • Coast to Coast Ride for Cancer
  • Bears of Hope Ball
  • Sawtell Junior RLFC
  • St Patricks School, Walcha
  • Walkie Talkie Womens Cancer
  • RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2015
  • Yarraman Kindergarten
  • Ride to Conquer Cancer
  • Harwood Island Trivia Night
  • Wauchope Public School
  • Cyclones indoor Cricket
  • Fundraiser for Di (brain Cancer)
  • MS Readathon
  • National Seniors Assoc.
  • Jacaranda Festival
  • Jamieson Family Fundraiser
  • Kahibah Football Club
  • Bundarra PreSchool
  • QLD Sporting Assoc.
  • A Goal for Sophie
  • World AIDS Day
  • The Healthy Mummy Group
  • Angel Gowns Australia
  • Grafton Playgroup
  • Living Well Expo
  • Playgroup NSW
  • Wundarra Children's Services
 

testimonial march 2016
"Dolphin Marine Conservation Park has been a long time supporter of Cancer council nsw to help beat cancer and support people touched by cancer across our wonderful north coast. each year they hold fundraising events and are always willing to provide prizes to support our fundraising ambitions. thank you Dolphin Marine Conservation Park!" pippa cancer council nsw

testimonial january 2016
"Dolphin Marine Conservation Park is a Wishgranting partner for the Starlight Children's Foundation. A Starlight Wish is an incredible gift of hope during the toughest of times, it helps sick kids and their families dream big and have a break from the everyday stresses of being or having a sick child. From the moment a child is told their Starlight Wish is to be granted the excitement begins. Dreaming, planning and talking about the wish is a great distraction from treatment and surgery. Swimming with dolphins continues to be a popular wish choice. Starlight families always have a fantastic time at Dolphin Marine Conservation Park as the amazing team there keeps the magic alive. Swimming with the dolphins is a great experience which brings the family together and gives them memories that last a lifetime. Even after the Starlight Wish has been granted we hear of kids talking about their dolphin swim weeks, months and sometimes even years onward. We couldn't have granted the number of Starlight Wishes we have without the ongoing generosity and support of Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, and we're excited to grant many more wishes together in the future!" Charlotte Barry Starlight Children's Foundation

Marine Conservation

As well as fostering conservation through our Marine Presentations we actively help National Parks & Wildlife Services with marine animal incidents, under a Memorandum of Understanding we have with them. This includes travelling to the incident and volunteering as needed. We support these incidents with our vet who specialises in marine animals. Over 45 turtles have been rescued, rehabilitated and released during the 2011-12 year. In 2010-2011 the weather patterns played havoc with these animals' natural food supplies and turbulent seas saw them in abundance on the beaches. For more stories on some of the more notable work we do check out our News

 

Share your experience & win

Write a short story, upload a photo and you could WIN free entry to the park for you and your family.

Tami

I seen Bucky on sash on TV just now. What an amazing spirit. I feel blessed to be kissed by a trooper. Xoxo thank you Greg for sharing an amazing dolphin. I work with Fuji and I am glad we have a photo booth for people to keep the memories. Sometimes it is all you have. I love my kiss picture with Bucky. Thank you for your photo. Paige Sinclair CEO..

Katherine Thompson

This was my last visit to The pet Porpoise pool 35 years ago I was 7. we used to go every year when I was little and my grandmother getting kissed by a seal was the highlight of the day. I loved feeding the fairy penguins and my dream is to one day swim with the dolphins. I would love to win passes to marine magic to experience it again with my family. What great memories Katherine, we hope to w..

Bianca

My mum and I just spend the whole weekend at Pet Porpoise Pool, we travel from Tweed to Coffs just to see Buck and Zip, we love them and can't get enough. Already driven down 3 times this year, and every time it's amazing. And we loved seeing all 5 dolphins in the pool, Bella's a sneaky little thing! We got drenched by her plenty of times hahaha. Great to hear you enjoyed yourselves - Paige S..

Joanne

My daughter (4) and I would like to thank everyone at the Dolphin Conservation Park for the amazing work you do and the memorable experience you give to the public. All the animals are well taken care of, loved and respected. We had a shallow Dolphin private experience in the water with the gorgeous "Jett" and trainer Alice. I can't tell you how much we loved this incredible experience. It wil..

Jessica Higgins

My 3 kids, my mum and I had the pleasure of swimming with Zippy today, the experience was truly amazing. Seeing and touching a real dolphin was a dream come true. When I booked the experience I expected a long safety talk followed by a quick photo in the pool. What occured was the complete opposite. We played in the water with Zippy, each got to hug him individually. Thank you Jessi..

Andrew Willis

I have done two ultimate dolphin experience now the first with Bucky how has now passed on,and the second with his daughter Bella which both were a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you Andrew, we hope to see you again for perhaps your third!..

Tiffany Redko

Our family absolutely love animals of all kinds. I have enjoyed visiting many zoo and conservation parks near and far ( from Seaworld in SAN Diego to the SeaWorld on Coast Coast) Yesterday My son, step son and I took the opportunity to visit you guys with “FREE” entry because it was my Birthday...Wow what a fantastic opportunity for the community! Words can not express how grateful we are to a..

KYLIE FAY ROLLANS

My first visit to The Pet Porpoise Pool was in 1980 and I found the dolphin show amazing and now years later I am fascinated at the entire concept of THE PET PORPOISE POOL What I like most is the dedication and passion from the staff at the pet porpoise pool for providing the injured marine and wildlife animals. a safe and happy place to recover and be loved by many visitors from all over the ..

Jody Hunt

I have been saying for years that I have wanted to visit Coffs Harbour since learning about Dolphin Marine Conservation Park. We finally were able to visit last Thursday and it was an even greater experience than I could have ever imagined or hoped for. From the amazing staff that made us feel so welcome, and the obvious passion and care for their animals and allowing such a hands on experienc..

Chrisavalanti manolakis

I got the opprotunity to swim with amazing jett last year. He was all over me and little did I know I was actually pregnant! One year later we are bringing our beautiful boy to come visit my good old friend jett in the next fortnight. Can't wait to reunite with all the gang. Such an amazing park and outrun sea world any day Thank you, we look forward to welcoming you all back here ag..

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