Push to reopen Gin Gin driver reviver

February 14, 2023 6:04 am in by
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Close to 1000 people have signed a petition to restore a Bundaberg region driver reviver.

The Gin Gin site, along with 22 others in Queensland, closed at the start of the year.

The State Government says sites are still operating from visitor information centres, local community and privately owned organisations.

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A decision to close TMR-owned locations was made following a significant drop in visitation with more people opting to stop at cafes or service stations.

Community members have since launched a petition that has the backing of the State Opposition.

Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett and Member for Callide Bryson Head say they’re disgusted with the decision to close 23 driver reviver sites across the state.

“It’s been revealed that it will cost less than $1 million to bring all the driver reviver sites up to code and avoid their closure,” Mr Bennett says.

“This is a small price to pay to keep motorists safe.

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“Queensland’s road toll is the highest it’s been in years.

“This cut is reckless, dangerous, and completely irresponsible.

Member for Callide Bryson Head says cuts to driver revivers is a desperate move.

“The popular Gin Gin site would cost approximately $400,000 to repair, according to TMR,” Mr Head says.

“Despite the site seeing more than 200 people a day during holidays, the Palaszczuk Government claim the cost is too great, putting budget blowouts in the Southeast ahead of road safety in regional Queensland.

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“We are calling on the Minister for Transport, Treasurer, and Premier to re-evaluate their decision to close our driver reviver sites as a matter of urgency.”


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