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30 September, 2021

More money for driver rest areas

DRIVERS passing through Mareeba and Hughenden who are weary from the road will be able to rest, reset and recharge with the upgrading of roadside rest areas.

By Rhys Thomas

DRIVERS passing through Mareeba and Hughenden who are weary from the road will be able to rest, reset and recharge with the upgrading of roadside rest areas.

In total over $7 million is being provided to upgrade 71 sites across the country including a portion set to be used locally.

$7000 is being put aside for a major upgrade of the Flinders Highway Rest Stop near Hughenden while $6500 will be dedicated to the Mareeba Heritage Centre rest area.

These upgrades come under the Federal Governments Driver Reviver Site Upgrade Program looking to improve amenities and equipment at these sites. 

Townsville-based Senator and Special Envoy for Northern Australia Susan McDonald thanked the Driver Reviver volunteers for their lifesaving work.

“Anyone who has used a Driver Reviver site knows how important and valued they are for safety and fatigue breaks, which is why our Government is investing in them,” she said.

“This funding will also support our hard-working Driver Reviver volunteers who run the kiosks and offer friendly conversation to motorists.”

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