AFTER many years on the job and with minimal funding for upgrades, Beaudesert Driver Reviver coordinator, Sylvia Hickey can now apply for a share of $3 million in government funding to upgrade her life-saving rest site.
Wright MP and Assistant Minister for Road Safety, Scott Buchholz announced the Australian Governments Driver Reviver Site Upgrade Grants program was now open.
Mr Buchholz said there were hundreds of Driver Reviver locations across the nation, largely owned by local and state governments and operated by volunteers such as Sylvia, that can now apply for funding to upgrade signage at their rest sites.
"Our region drives tourism in south-east Queensland, especially day trippers and those on longer drives to NSW and across the range to south-west Queensland," he said.
These sites were vital places for drivers and their passengers to stop and have a much needed rest to prevent fatigue setting in.
One accident, one injury, one death is one too many - that is why we are continuing to invest in critical projects that will improve road safety.Wright MP Scott Buchholz
"Here in Beaudesert, Driver Reviver volunteers are tourism ambassadors, supporting the region and promoting it as a very friendly and safe place," Mr Buchholz said.
Ms Hickey said upgrades to the life-saving rest site were needed.
"We're here to support road safety and prevent fatigue related road accidents. As a volunteer organisation, any and all support we can get is helpful and it is very difficult, especially in this environment," she said.
The first round is a demand-driven grant round and applications close on May 29.