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Bringing mateship back with a wave

GIVE A WAVE: Doug Kirby wants to do something a little positive in the industry and bring back mateship.
GIVE A WAVE: Doug Kirby wants to do something a little positive in the industry and bring back mateship. Kirstin Payne

DRIVER Doug Kirby isn't asking for much, no fund-raising money, no 10 kilometre run, not even a moustache, all he wants is a wave.

His brain child, Wave at a Truckie Day is a simple but genius effort to bring a bit of mateship, fun and recognition back into the industry. All drivers have to do is attempt to wave at each truck that passes on November 22.

"The way everyone thinks the industry is gone, they say there is no comradery or not mateship on the road, so we just want to change it for a day," Doug explains.

"I just think everyone talks about change and bringing about the old days but there isn't ever that much action, so this is something simple we can all do."

"Instead of trying to tackle the big things first up like wages or conditions, which are always going to be a battle we can put the politics aside and do something we all know," he said. And that is the traditional few fingers off-the-top-of-the wheel-wave.

"The old style hand of the wheel lift two fingers hand of the wheel.

"I remember being five or six-years old and watching my dad do that whenever another truck passed.

I do it, and now my kids do it whenever they see a truck.

"It's just a simple action that shows a bit of respect and acknowledgement, that there are others out there living away from their families, supplying the country with all their needs, and trying to support the people close to them."

On Wave at a Trucking day there is no discrimination, Doug is asking everyone to get involved. From those that drive a round towner, to the road trains.

"It shouldn't matter what you drive, we all help Australia go round," he said.

"On this one weekday Australia wide, anyone whether you are in on an outback road, or a city highway just be part of it.

"We are all out there doing the same thing at the end of the day. what we cart it doesn't matter we all just need a day to recognise each other again," he said.

Doug said he was inspired by a silly habit.

" I realised I was waving at night, just out of habit,"

"I'm like what am I doing,'

"I posted online just having a bit of a laugh about my stupidity and found out a few others had been doing it.

"We then started talking about that mateship, which is what this movement is all about.

"Mateship, calling on the road and showing that respect for each other."

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