Community volunteers and members of the Wattle Range Road Safety Committee staged a successful ‘driver reviver’ refreshment stop near Millicent over the Easter break. It was the first such stop in two years as the 2020 ‘driver reviver’ was cancelled on account of the COVID state-wide lockdown.
This year’s event was remarkable as temperatures soared into the 30s for much of Easter, 10 degrees above the long-time average. Coordinator Sue Vanderheul has been involved in every ‘driver reviver’ since the first in 1994.
She and her fellow helpers dispensed the cheer alongside the Argyle CFS Shed and opposite the Sebastapol service station, 7km north of Millicent. Among the 30 volunteers on the roster were members of the Millicent Lioness Club.
Millicent residents Bevan and Kathleen Staude have donated their time over Easter for the past 15-20 years. The couple usually fill a four hour slot on the afternoon of each Maundy Thursday. They had extra company this year as they are now the proud owners of a five-month-old Corgi pup called Buster.
Mr Staude said they always enjoy their time at the driver reviver station. “The people who stop really appreciate it,” Mr Staude said. “Sometimes I have a bit of farming talk. “We see ourselves as tourism ambassadors for the region. “If people are coming back this way, we urge them to stop a bit longer and see the tourist attractions of Millicent and places like the Naracoorte Caves.”