Wingecarribee Shire Council’s newly refurbished Community Trailer will make its public debut this Friday 24 February.
The purpose-built community trailer has been funded by Wingecarribee Shire Council, Veolia Mulwaree Trust, Roads and Maritime Services and supported by Penrose Rural Fire Brigade and State Emergency Services.
Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer Melanie Lausz said the trailer would serve a multitude of purposes.
“One of its first duties will be to replace the previous Penrose Driver Reviver facilities,” Ms Lausz said.
In the past, volunteers operated Driver Reviver services on the Hume Highway to passing ski-bound travellers from a roadside tent.
The Penrose Driver Reviver operates on the Hume Highway which is second only to the Princess Highway in terms of total number of fatigue related crashes. It is estimated that fatigue is responsible for some 10 per cent of all crashes in the Southern Region.
“Last Easter alone, the Penrose Driver Reviver station served almost 1000 cups of tea and over 600 cups of coffee,” Ms Lausz said.
“We’re confident that given the improvements that we’ve undertaken to the trailer, even more motorists will be able to take advantage of the service this holiday period.”
The refurbished trailer comes fully equipped with fridge, urn and large serving area.
“The improvements mean the community trailer is now much more versatile and as a result would be suitable for a range of community tasks.”
When not used for Driver Reviver assignments the community trailer will be offered to local Highlands not –for-profit community organisations free of charge.
“So many groups helped this trailer become a reality and now we want to ensure that it serves as many people as possible,” Ms Lausz added.
For information and conditions of hire visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au or phone 4868 0888.
Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Community Trailer will be officially launched by Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Councillor Ken Halstead at11.00am in Alexandra Park in Mittagong this Friday 24 February.