Riding the wave action

UNLOCKING potential and empowerment were just some of the words used by participants to describe the Wave Action gathering hosted by Glenorchy City Council in late August.

Thirty-eight people from different sections of the community came together to explore the concepts of community development and ways to work collaboratively in the areas of family and domestic violence, suicide prevention, community connectedness and the development of safer communities.

The interactive three-hour workshop explored the themes of time, tenacity, trust, teamwork, truth, themes/tangibility, tangents and taking feedback and criticism.

The idea of Wave Action was explored as a community connectedness concept where people acknowledge each other’s presence.

Wave Action is seeking to develop events and activities that encourage people to interact with others – to get to know their neighbours, to actually see and acknowledge the people of our community.

These events and activities can act as ways to generate community conversations and understanding about suicide prevention, family and domestic violence, safer communities and wellbeing.

One of the main ideas to come out of the Wave Action gathering was the concept of using bunting as a physical connection between people and place to celebrate a connected community.

So if you see bunting/coloured flags popping up across the City of Glenorchy, this is a concerted effort to demonstrate that we value all the members of our community and as a connected community, we are stronger.

If you would like to find out more about Wave Action or to join the Wave Action Project Team (WAPT), please contact Safer Communities community development officer Lisa Rudd at Glenorchy City Council on phone 6216 6800 or email lrudd@gcc.tas.gov.au.

Caption: Participants at the recent Wave Action community gathering.