Good to see locals taking the initiative

Oakley Dyer

Oakley Dyer

Today’s Port Lincoln Times highlights a number of local people who have seen a need in their community and taken the initiative to meet that need.

New Parkinson’s SA life member Oakley Dyer (pictured) was looking for a Parkinson’s support group after being diagnosed with the disease in 2006 and when he could not find one, he started a support group himself.

Since then, the Tumby Bay Parkinson’s Support Group has not only provided valuable support for others with Parkinson’s disease but also helped raise awareness among local health providers and the wider community about the disease.

Mr Dyer has gone above and beyond what even Parkinson’s SA expected.

Local artist and well known Port Lincoln gallery owner Marilyn Mayne also took it upon herself to fill a need in the community more than 20 years ago when she identified a lack of places for locals to exhibit their art and craft.

The Mayne Gallery has become a part of the city's artistic landscape and it will be sad to see it close at the end of the month but thankfully, 24 years after it opened, there are now other places in Port Lincoln and surrounding towns to see and buy the work created by local artists.

Mr Dyer and Mrs Mayne are just two of many people in our region who, rather than complaining about something, got in and did it themselves.

Their resourcefulness brings to mind the old adage – if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem.

More examples of local people stepping up can be seen in the profiles of the many Australia Day award winners from around Eyre Peninsula featuring in the Port Lincoln Times throughout this month.

The stories of these Citizens of the Year, Young Citizens of the Year, Community Events of the Year and other award winners highlight this region’s “can do” attitude and it would be great to see huge crowds at Australia Day awards ceremonies in every community around the region to pay tribute to the people who put in a big effort all year round to make our communities great.

As well as honouring these local achievers, let’s hope their stories also inspire more of us to take the initiative and think about what we can do for our communities to make them a better place for everyone to live and thrive.