May 18, 2020

Owners of Driver Reviver locations across Wannon can now apply for a share of $3 million in Australian Government funding to upgrade their life-saving rest sites.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan 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 sites,” Mr Tehan said.

“There are eight Driver Reviver sites in Wannon, 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 Wannon to get in their applications for funding as soon as possible.”

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.

“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.

“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.

“This comes at a critical time for our Driver Reviver sites, which will provide a much-needed break and cuppa for drivers, their families and friends once COVID-19 travel restrictions ease and sites start operating again.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said Driver Reviver sites were important to tackle driver fatigue to make our roads safer.

“Driver fatigue has been identified as one of the ‘Fatal Five’ road safety factors that contribute to road trauma, contributing to up to 30 per cent of all deaths and severe injuries on our roads,” Mr Buchholz said.

“That is why we are investing in Driver Reviver sites across the country, with $1.2 million already provided through the Road Safety Awareness and Enablers Fund, $3 million in this grant round. 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.

“Funding better signage and amenities for Driver Reviver locations to encourage drivers to stop and take a break will help tackle driver fatigue to reduce the number of road fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.

“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.”

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

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