Owners of Driver Reviver locations across the New England can now apply for a share of $3 million in Australian Government funding to upgrade the life-saving rest sites.
Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the Australian Government was proud to invest in the essential work of the Driver Reviver program to improve road safety across the country.
“This first round of funding has $3 million available for Driver Reviver site owners to install signs promoting road safety messaging and raising awareness of their locations as well as the establishment of new sites,” Mr Joyce said.
“Already driver reviver locations in the New England, from Guyra to Gundy, are providing a much-needed break and cuppa for our drivers, their families and friends to help keep all our road users safe by tackling driver fatigue.
“This funding is available at a critical time for these reviver sites, which will start opening to the community again as domestic COVID-19 travel restrictions ease and the travellers return to the region, delivering much-needed tourism dollars into our drought, bushfire and now Coronavirus-affected local economies.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said Driver Reviver sites provide a place for drivers and their passengers to stop and have safety and fatigue breaks along their journey.
“One accident, one injury, one death is one too many and no family should have to endure the loss of a loved one on our roads,” Mr McCormack said.
“Driver Reviver has been operating in Australia for 30 years and community led by hard-working volunteers from many service organisations and community groups, who give up their own time to promote road safety by providing travellers with free beverages, snacks and conversation.
“There are around 190 Driver Reviver sites across the nation and I strongly encourage all site owners, many of whom are state and local governments, to submit their applications for funding.”
The first round is a demand-driven grant round and applications close 29 May 2020. Further information, including application guidelines and submissions, is available at www.grants.gov.au