Driver reviver station ready

Community volunteers and members of the Wattle Range Road Safety Committee will again man the refreshment stop near Millicent this Easter holiday long weekend.

They will be dispensing the cheer alongside the Argyle CFS Shed on the Princes Highway and opposite the Sebastopol Machinery Service business, 5km north of Millicent.

The 2020 driver reviver was cancelled on account of the ban on regional travel as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With that exception, committee member Sue Vanderheul has otherwise been involved in every driver reviver stop since the first in 1994.

As the long-time coordinator, Ms Vanderheul is arranging the roster which runs over the Easter break from Maundy Thursday on April 1.

Her 30 fellow volunteers will provide a warm welcome to travellers and will be serving free tea, coffee, cordial and biscuits.

Among the regular volunteers are members of the Millicent Lioness Club who fill the roster each Good Friday.

Ms Vanderheul said there will be some changes at the Millicent driver reviver in 2021.

“It is still the fire danger season and so we cannot have any wood fires,” Ms Vanderheul said.

“Due to the COVID -19 rules, we cannot serve any donated food.

“Everything we give out must be single use.”

Ms Vanderheul is as compassionate about this road safety initiative as she was when the first driver reviver was staged near Millicent 27 years ago.

“When you are interested in something, you want to see it succeed,” Ms Vanderheul said.

Each holiday season over 200 driver reviver sites are open right across Australia.

Supported by volunteers from a range of regional community groups, driver reviver sites are an ideal place to take a break on a long journey.

Government agencies like Wattle Range Council in each State and Territory support the driver reviver volunteers.

This support may include essential safety guidelines, recommendation and approval of site locations, use of rest areas, toilet facilities, shelter and power.

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