The Federal Government is investing $8 million over two years through Driver Reviver Site Upgrades to improve amenities at driver reviver locations and to support the establishment of new sites.
Driver Reviver locations across the country will share in $3 million in Federal Government funding to upgrade their life-saving rest sites under round one of the Driver Reviver Site Upgrades program.
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Federal 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 sites,” Mr Pasin said.
“There are nine Driver Reviver sites in Barker who provide 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 COVID-19 travel restrictions ease.
“I strongly encourage all site owners in Barker to apply for a share in this funding.”
Mr Pasin said Driver Reviver sites provide a place for drivers and their passengers to stop and have safety and fatigue breaks along their journey.
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.
“This funding will allow Driver Reviver site owners to invest in much-needed signs to promote key road safety messages and awareness of reviver sites, which in turn promotes safe driving practices – keeping people safe on our roads,” Mr Pasin said.
Mr Pasin said the Federal Government was continuing to invest in road safety with $3 million in this first round of the grant program and a second round of funding to make a further $5 million available for even broader on-site upgrades, prioritising bushfire-affected sites and fitting out new sites to expand the program.
“This all forms part of the Australian Government’s continuing commitment to improve road safety to help us move towards zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads,” Mr Pasin said.
Further information, including application guidelines and submissions, is available at www.grants.gov.au