Medowie Lions Club needs your help to man the Driver Reviver van at the end of Medowie Rd this holiday season

Former Medowie Lions Club President Lorraine Williams and some of her very relieved travellers.
Former Medowie Lions Club President Lorraine Williams and some of her very relieved travellers.


LONG car rides on hot summer days are all par for the course in the Australian summer holidays.

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Whether you are visiting family interstate or skipping away for the weekend on the coast, the Driver Reviver helps many long car ride stories.

Stationed on every major arterial road, the iconic Lions Club Driver Reviver vans have been providing tea, coffee, and biscuits for almost thirty years.

Approximately 1.1 million travellers stop at the vans across New South Wales resulting in the consumption of 1.7 million cups of coffee or tea, and 1.3 million snacks.

One locations is at the end of Medowie Road, where it meets the Pacific Highway.

The Medowie Lions Club vigilantly operate this station during all peak holiday periods providing a much needed rest for weary travellers.

A Transport for New South Wales study showed fatalities caused by fatigue have risen by 49% since 2015.

However, the number of Driver Reviver vans have reduced leaving Medowie as the only one in the local area remaining.

Their role is vital in supporting travellers transiting through the area.

Unfortunately, keeping the last van open is becoming increasingly difficult due to a decrease in the number of volunteers available.

The Lions Club are urgently seeking help from Port Stephens locals to serve in the van over the coming and future peak travel periods.

The Medowie Lions Club President, Mr Patrick Byron told News Of The Area, “We understand it is a very busy time of the year and many families travel away from the area.”

“However, we are asking for local support to help pay forward the holiday spirit to our travelling comrades.”

The volunteers are not required to join the Lions Club.

They would simply be helping a Lions Club member at the Driver Reviver van.

As the statistics show there is a need for this dedicated service.

If you are available to help out this holiday period please contact Mr John Tunbridge on 0419974514.

For information about the location of Driver Reviver van for your next road trip head to 


By Kelly MAY

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