Tumut’s new Lions Club Driver Reviver officially opened on Fitzroy Street on Friday afternoon (June 10), with representatives of Tumut Lions, Snowy Valleys Council and Riverina Highway Patrol in attendance.
The Driver Reviver will provide a dedicated off-road parking area, sheltered serving area and three sheltered permanent picnic tables. In addition, the club will have a five-metre purpose-built food trailer to use at this site and for their fundraising activities and to support emergency services during bush fires, floods and other emergency events.
Drivers travelling along the Snowy Mountains Highway will be able to stop and revive with free tea, coffee (instant, pod and soon, filter/ground coffee) and biscuits.
The Lions Club received $150,000 in funding under Round Two of the NSW Driver Reviver Site Upgrades Program for construction.
Snowy Valleys Mayor Ian Chaffey paid tribute to Tumut Lions and their determination to see the Reviver become a reality.
“This is a great initiative, and I admire the drive of the Tumut Lions Club,” he said.
“Service clubs are a vital part of communities, and it is a pleasure to see Tumut Lions commitment. It would be a lesser place without you. You can be proud of what you have achieved as it wouldn’t have happened without you.
Tumut Lions president reiterated that the van will be available to support the likes of the RFS and SES when needed.
“It is a pity this was not available two years ago,” he said.
Riverina Highway Patrol Inspector Darren Moulds spoke on behalf of the Police.
“We acknowledge the great work of Lions and their volunteers’ contribution to road safety,” he said.