Plum­ber Wayne’s giv­ing back to new com­mu­nity

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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.

Photo: Pa­trick Woods

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.

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