Plumber Wayne’s giving back to new community
BORN and bred in Western Sydney, Wayne Taylor always craved the lifestyle that the Sunshine Coast has to offer.
He had spent holidays on the Coast throughout his childhood and he knew this would one day be the place he would call home.
He and his wife Lisa dreamed of retiring on the Coast, but Wayne said “Why wait?”
“I knew big changes had to be made in order to ‘live the dream’,” he said.
Wayne lamented so many people spent their life waiting for their retirement to live out their dream. But now in their 30s, Wayne and Lisa can finally say they permanently have their toes in the sand.
After inheriting a plumbing business, Wayne only had a few important goals set for his life: to help people in need and to one day move to the Sunshine Coast, both of which he has achieved.
His plumbing business is “growing bigger and better”, and life isn’t slowing down any time soon for Wayne.
He and friend Eliot Krause started a men’s group on the Coast named Average Joes: a group dedicated to helping ease the negative stigma around depression in men.
Together, the pair are causing a positive stir through the community with their movement.
“I was taught early in life that life is all about ‘others’ – making an impact in the life of someone else. I live by the motto of ‘I may not change the world, but I may change someone else’s’,” Wayne said.
The plumber said that moving his life to the Coast has been problem- and regret-free.
“The Coast offered not only a change of lifestyle, but also the approach towards that lifestyle,” he said.
“Living near the ocean was literally only a dream, but interacting with the people here, I’ve begun to understand that we are all here for the same purpose.”
Average Joes participants meet every Wednesday at Taps, Mooloolaba.
The initiative is taking off through the community after the idea was posted on Facebook. Now, Wayne is looking to expand the community group to other locations including Warana and Western Sydney.
Knowing that he is helping people in any way, big or small, is what Wayne really believes “living the dream” means. “Starting Average Joes is literally me doing what I feel I’m called to do,” Wayne said.
NEW MATES: Wayne Taylor (third from right) and his new Average Joes men's group friends Rye Simpson, Peter Bromley, Eliot Krause, John Benett and Ron Roney.