Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today thanked the Morisset Lions Club for their 30 year contribution to road safety at an event at Fletcher Community Centre this morning.
Mr MacDonald said the Morisset Lions Club have operated the Driver Reviver in the Hunter Region for three decades, with 23 of those years spent at the Beresfield Driver Reviver. During each holiday peak, Morisset Lions Club volunteers have provided around 15,000 cups of tea and coffee at the Beresfield Driver Reviver.
“The last day of operation at the Beresfield Driver Reviver will be Monday 1 January 2018, so work can start on the M1 Pacific Motorway upgrade at Weakleys Drive and John Renshaw Drive intersection at Beresfield” Mr MacDonald said.
“This project is one of three M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrades worth $391.6 million, jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments to provide a better and more reliable M1.”
“Roads and Maritime Services are working closely with the Morisset Lions Club to ensure the community is aware of the closure, as well as alternate rest and service areas,” Mr MacDonald said.
Mr MacDonald, Roads and Maritime representatives, the Morisset Lions Club and community volunteers attended the event.
“It has been an honour to support the local community for three decades and we are grateful to have been recognised for our efforts today,” Arthur Tumeth, Site Manager for Beresfield Driver Reviver said.
Work on the Weakleys Drive and John Renshaw Drive Intersection involves replacing the existing roundabout with traffic lights to improve traffic flow, travel times and safety for motorists on the M1.
Tenders for the construction contract are currently being assessed and the contract is expected to be awarded soon. Construction will start early 2018 and is due for completion in 2019, weather permitting.