Feeling Hot Hot Hot! Dealing with Heatwaves in Southern Adelaide

A Heatwave Hypothetical set in 2025


On a sweltering evening in February 2018, we hosted a Heatwave Hypothetical: 'Feeling Hot Hot Hot! Dealing with Heat-waves in Southern Adelaide,' at the Marion Cultural Centre.

Hundreds of people turned out for a lively, uplifting and interactive conversation around climate change and heatwaves.

We were awarded the 2018 Minister for Health and Wellbeing – Excellence in Public Health Award and we also received a State Commendation in the 2018 Resilient Australia Government Award.

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Other regions have replicated our event… and you can too! We developed a range of innovative tools that you are free to download and adapt for your own needs.


Our Objectives:

  • Engage community members in a lively, fun and interactive conversation about heatwaves, including available services and options for getting prepared

  • Build community knowledge and capacity around responding to the impacts of climate change

  • Connect service providers with each other and strengthen working relationships

  • Celebrate the good work already being done and continue the ongoing conversation about how to address challenges

  • Provide an opportunity for showing what best practice might look like

  • Develop resources that can be utilised for repeat events


Our Panel

We wanted to show that people from diverse sectors and backgrounds are working together to respond and prepare for changes in our climate. We know this, because we work with them every day. If you live in or near Adelaide, they’ve all said they’d be happy to participate in something similar, so reach out!

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Bob Thiele, Principal, Hackham East Primary

Craig Hobart, Club Development Officer, City of Onkaparinga

Chris Beattie, Chief Officer, SES

Ian Cox, CEO, Hutt Street Centre

Frank Crisci, Emergency Manager, SA Power Networks

John Nairn, State Director, Bureau of Meteorology

Larissa Nicholls, Research Fellow, RMIT University

Noel Bamford, Assistant Commissioner, SA Police

Professor Paddy Phillips, Chief Medical Officer, SA Health

Rose Rhodes PSM, Chairperson, SA Divisional Advisory Board, Australian Red Cross

Sandy Pitcher, Chief Executive, Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources

Tony Lines, General Manager, City Services, City of Marion