Tidal Wave of Waving Heading for Tailem

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Waving – Bob Shurville of Tailem Bend, wearing his personally made “Gidday – Wave for Wellbeing” t-shirt with his photo bobbing mate, Don Green of Tailem Bend, as their Tailem Bend Historian group begins to ride the town’s nationally recognised “Gidday – Wave for Wellbeing” tidal wave, Old Tailem Town, Wednesday June 28, 2017.


Beginning as a humble, simple mental health initiative, after an address by a community member at a local Lions meeting late last year, Tailem Bend’s infectious “Gidday – Wave for Wellbeing” campaign has touched the hearts of millions around Australia.

With the support of the town’s local magazine “Tailem Topics, Fairfax Media’s Murray Valley Standard, ABC Radio Adelaide, the Seven Network’s local Adelaide “Today Tonight” and national “Sunrise” morning program (Along with more recent radio stations, magazines and newspapers) the campaign committee is planning on holding a community meeting to see how they can defend their reported “Australia’s Friendliest Town” title as a waving tidal wave from other communities heads towards their town.

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Tailem Topics Editor, Barbie Power of Tailem Bend, proudly holding an issue of her town’s popular magazine that launched the town’s “Gidday – Wave for Wellbeing” campaign.


With so many affected by the effects of suicide and forms of depression, volunteer and Editor of Tailem Topics, Barbie Power of Tailem Bend, has been deeply moved and heartened by the amount of support.

“We started waving when out and about and my husband Glenn, a keen photographer, decided to take some photos to publish in the Community’s magazine and on Facebook – it’s been amazing how the campaign has taken off.”

“Looking back, I suppose, it’s no wonder that this simple campaign has captured so many hearts.” “So many in our communities have been affected in one way or another by suicide and it is a real challenge for our Town’s committee to take on such an emotionally charged and wide spread issue.” Barbie said.

With suicide prevention high on all community leader’s agendas, the group has definitely hit a raw nerve with their painless, low cost way of engaging the community.

Essentially waving and saying “Gidday” gives anyone the excuse to converse without feeling like an extravert and it definitely brings others out of their shell – helping them feel a part of their community.

If you would like to lend your support, phone 0413 645 099 or email Glenn Power on choppower@bigpond.com.

Like all great ideas it’s simple, you just have to wave  – preferably with a smile and a “Good-Day” and it will not cost you a cent.

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Saying “Gidday”, the Tailem Bend Historians (Peter Squires, Angie Tomkinson, Geraldine Dickson, Bob Shurville, Glenn Power, Doris Connolly, Helen Bowering, Peter Connolly and Don Green all of Tailem Bend)  sharing a “Wave for Wellbeing” after their June meeting and watching interesting 1940 News Reels at the Wonderview Cinema, Old Tailem Town, June 28, 2017.

Students Catch Infection


Taking a break from old-school classes, teachers and students from Aldgate Primary School join their host (Old Tailem Town, School Principal) Peter Squires after history lessons at Australia’s largest Pioneer Village, Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

With over 85 schools visiting Old Tailem Town each year, Tailem Bend’s infectious ‘Waving for Wellbeing’ campaign is bound to be spreading throughout our states school communities.

‘Call to arms’ – Wave for Tailem Bend

‘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.

Battle Cry Announced

A call to arms from Peter Squires of Old Tailem Town sees local business and residents jumping on board an exciting innovative community wellbeing and tourism initiative.

More details in February’s issue of Tailem Topics – out soon.

For well over thirty years Old Tailem Town has been our regions premier tourism attraction – here’s a few images from my recent visit.