Driver Reviver sites back in action this ANZAC weekend

Driver Reviver sites back in action this ANZAC weekend

Published: 22/04/2016

Driver Reviver sites will be back this ANZAC weekend as a reminder to drivers to stop, take a break and not drive when feeling tired or drowsy.

Regular stops will be open throughout the state over the long weekend with the busiest sites offering barista coffee and other activities.

These PitStops will be set up at the five most visited Driver Reviver sites:

  • Balmattum Rest Area near Euroa, on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and Monday afternoon.
  • Wedderburn on Friday afternoon to 10pm
  • Stratford on Friday afternoon to 11pm
  • Western Hwy near Ballarat on Monday afternoon to 10pm
  • Calder Hwy at Marong on Monday all day

Anzac Day is a special day for all Australians marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. 

Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) along with other volunteer emergency service members have a strong connection to the ANZAC spirit of giving back the the Australian community in times of need.

Marc Cattell, SES Regional Manager North West Region and Bendigo SES volunteer was a peacetime soldier for 20 years.

"I have a strong affiliation with ANZAC Day and attend Dawn Services every year. We found out not long ago two of my forebears, two brothers, who fought in WWI, were in two different battalions died within 100 metres of each other – not knowing the other one was there.

The driver reviver sites are an integral part of travel - nowadays people travel longer distances and having somewhere to stop, take a break and get a breath of fresh air is so important.

This photo is my graduation as an air crewman following my basic helicopter course (Loadmaster). Lieutenant Colonel Bysouth is presenting me with my flying logbook. The photo was taken in 1990 in Canberra, RAAF Base Fairbairn."

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