‘Call to arms’ from local businessman, Peter Squires of Old Tailem Town, at a recent Tailem Bend Lions Club meeting, sees business and local residents getting on board and waving to promote community wellbeing and local tourism.
With suicide prevention high on the Community’s agenda, Peter feels that this simple initiative may just be the medicine to help more people open up and improve communication.
“One local has already suggested that we could have three large unique, heavy duty, spring loaded signs, shaped like hands painted up with “Prepare to Wave” north, south, east and west of town,” Peter said. “We would definitely need something at the Town’s entrances and along the Main Street – it seems like a good idea with minimal cost to council.”
The idea is being proposed to the Coorong District Council with the hope of making Tailem Bend a talking point for promotion and a better place for residents and travellers alike.
“The initiative would provide regular opportunities to attract media to our town and would also give Tailem Bend identification above other South Australian towns,” Peter said. “Waving and saying “Good-day” gives people an excuse to communicate without feeling like an extravert and it brings introverts out of their shell, giving them a feeling of being a part of their community.”
Lou (Louise) and Joe Steiner of Hamilton NZ, returning a Tailem Bend wave, while taking a break from their two year tour of Oz.
Peter and his wife Margaret, experienced community waving whilst holidaying on Norfolk Island and felt it was an extremely effective way of bringing visitors and locals together for a memorable experience.
“We were told on the plane, even before we landed on Norfolk, that we were expected to wave – what a wonderful idea,” Peter said. “To make this idea work for us, demands a lot of community involvement – so jump on board, it’ll be a lot of fun.”
“There’s no cost and we have nothing to loose. Can you imagine ‘A Current Affair’ driving down our Main Street seeing how many waves they can get back and how welcoming it will make travellers feel – they may even stay the night,” Peter said. “Lets get the ball rolling, we have nothing to loose and plenty to gain.
Others have suggested the signs could simple say “Good-day, Please Wave” – what do you think?
If you would like to put forward your ideas please drop us a note at Tailem Topics or drop into the Coorong District Council, leaving a note for Anna letting her know what you think of the idea.
Like all great ideas it’s simple, you just have to wave – preferably with a smile saying “Good-Day” and it will not cost you a cent.