Iconic Driver Reviver nears end of the road BREAK: Laurence Boston and his children, Kayla, 13, and Ryan,10, are served by Driver Reviver volunteer Stephen Jordan. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
Paul Hanley, from Perth, and his dog Hooper at the Beresfield Driver Reviver station. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
Volunteers Lex Parsons and Stephen Jordan. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
Volunteer Lex Parsons, inside the Driver Reviver van, and traveller Colyn, who is putting $5 into the donation box. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
Beresfield Driver Reviver station. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
TweetFacebook Beresfield Driver ReviverAfter more than two decades of operation, this is the last summer holidays for the Beresfield Driver Reviver station. Pictures by Max Mason-HubersFOR Paul Hanley, the road has seemed endless, stretching from one side of the continent to the other.
The Perth resident is a month into a road trip to Byron Bay with his 20-year-old son.
“It’s probably the last time I get to hang out with him,” Mr Hanley says.
Duringthe journey, they need lots of breaks, which is why Mr Hanley has stopped at the Beresfield Driver Reviver, just near the roundabout at the end of the M1 Pacific Motorway.
The service that operates out of a caravan opened on Thursday morning, in readiness for the torrent of Christmas holiday traffic heading north.
“I probably would have kept driving and not rested, if I hadn’t seen this,” Mr Hanleysays, as he cradles a cup of coffee, and his dog Hooper gets to have a stretch. “You don’t realise how tired you are.”
Yet thisDriver Reviver station that has been operated by Morisset Lions Club members and othervolunteers during holidays for more thantwo decades is almost at the end of its road. The Beresfield service’s last day isJanuary 1.
The intersection in front of the Driver Reviver station is to be upgraded, so the land the catering van occupiesis needed, and a suitablealternative site couldn’t be found.
“It will be sadly missed, I think,” says volunteer Stephen Jordan, after he hands the cuppa to Mr Hanley. It is just one of hundreds of thousands of free coffees and teas, and millions of biscuits, handed to tired travellersover the years.
“We’ve been told this site serves more cups of tea and coffee than all of South and Western combined,” Mr Jordan says.
Laurence Boston is driving with his family from Sydney to the Gold Coast.
As he accepts a coffee and his kids each have a juice, Mr Boston is full of praise for the BeresfieldDriver Reviver station.
“These guys are lifesavers,” he says. “People get out of their cars, they’re reinvigorated, so I definitely believe this is saving lives.”
Another driver, Colyn, from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, agrees, as she takes a cup of tea and slips a $5 note into the donation box.
“I think it’s a huge loss,” she says. “It takes two hours to drive from Sydney, and we’re told to stop every two hours.”
Stephen Jordan and his fellow volunteer Lex Parsons say more than dispense refreshments, they offer travel advice. They once had to tell two Irish visitorsthat despite how close it looked on the map,they wouldn’t be able to drive to Cairns and back for the weekend.
“We’ve met people from all over the world here,” says Mr Jordan.