Celebrating 27 years of life-saving service
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.
REVIVED: Wallangarra Police officer in charge Alan Baker with Driver Reviver volunteers Brian Springborg and Rick Geard.