North Coast

Farewell to New Italy’s Driver Reviver

The team of dedicated volunteers who ran the Driver Reviver on the Pacific Highway at New Italy have made the difficult decision to call it a day.

Transport for NSW Director North Region Anna Zycki said growth in nearby facilities had led to a decrease in demand for this service, which had been providing free tea or coffee, biscuits and a chat to weary drivers for the past 25 years.

“About 80 volunteers ran this free service for those driving to and from holiday destinations,” Ms Zycki said.

“These included members of surrounding communities as well as Lions, SES and the Rural Fire Service, with many people volunteering for the whole 25 years it’s been running.”

Ms Zycki said getting drivers to take a break during a long drive helps combat fatigue and reduces the incidences of crashes and fatalities along this busy highway.

“I would like to thank all the volunteers for their wonderful contribution to the cause of road safety on behalf of Transport for NSW, and I’m sure I speak on behalf of the entire community in expressing my gratitude,” Ms Zycki said.

“At its peak, the team handed out supplies to more than 8,000 travellers each year.

“COVID-19 restrictions meant only a limited number of volunteers gathered for an official thank you on site.”

The New Italy Driver Reviver Committee thanks all volunteers, past and present, the New Italy Museum and the sponsors who have made this program such a success.