Cel­e­brat­ing 27 years of life-sav­ing ser­vice

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

WHEN you can help save lives and fi­nan­cially sup­port your com­mu­nity you know you’re on a win­ner.

For 27 years the Wal­lan­garra Driver Re­viver sta­tion has been do­ing just that.

The bor­der sta­tion will celebrate its an­niver­sary next week and it has never been in bet­ter shape.

With more than 30 vol­un­teers from var­i­ous lo­cal groups, in­clud­ing the SES, Wal­lan­garra/Jen­nings Progress As­so­ci­a­tion, nearby schools and the CWA it’s a real team ef­fort.

“The money goes back into the com­mu­nity – that’s the best part about it all,” vol­un­teer Brian Spring­borg said. Mr Spring­borg has been in­volved since the driver re­viver’s in­cep­tion back in the early 1990s.

“Some days it is just full. Es­pe­cially over long week­ends we’ll some­times see hun­dreds in a day. Truck­ies pull up and come across with their mugs,’’ he said.

“The po­lice are right be­hind it be­cause it can save that many lives.

“Peo­ple pull up here who re­ally shouldn’t be driv­ing.

“Fa­tal­i­ties have dropped right off.”

Wal­lan­garra Po­lice of­fi­cer in charge Alan Baker said the vol­un­teers played a vi­tal role. “I’ve worked in a num­ber of lo­ca­tions around the state and this is the best staffed, vol­un­teer-wise, driver re­viver that I’ve come across,’’ Sergeant Baker said.

“They stay open longer hours and more days than prob­a­bly any other in the state. It pro­vides a good break for peo­ple who are on long drives in­ter­state.

“It’s not a tan­gi­ble re­sult how many ac­ci­dents it has pre­vented, but in my opin­ion it is in­valu­able.”

An af­ter­noon tea to mark the an­niver­sary and celebrate the vol­un­teers will be held at the sta­tion on Wed­nes­day, April 18 from 2pm.

PHOTO: MATTHEW PUR­CELL

RE­VIVED: Wal­lan­garra Po­lice of­fi­cer in charge Alan Baker with Driver Re­viver vol­un­teers Brian Spring­borg and Rick Geard.

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