House debates

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Statements by Members

Forde Electorate: Ormeau Lions Club

1:50 pm

Photo of Bert Van ManenBert Van Manen (Forde, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

We all have great community organisations in our electorates, and one of the great ones in my electorate of Forde is the Lions Club of Ormeau. They operate the only Driver Reviver site on the Gold Coast. Ormeau in the northern gateway to the Gold Coast and welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Whether it be holiday-makers, grey nomads or families coming down from Brisbane for a weekend on the coast, the Ormeau Lions are there to greet them with a warm cuppa, lots of smiles and conversation. Driver Reviver sites like the ones at Ormeau are particularly important tools in promoting road safety, because they encourage drivers to rest and take a much-needed break.

Lions members Mary and Barry McGrath, who live just down the road at Ormeau, not far from the site, were there at the very beginning, 27 years ago, when the Ormeau Lions Club built the Driver Reviver site with their own bare hands and have, since, tirelessly volunteered their time to run the Driver Reviver site there at Ormeau. I was pleased to bring along the Assistant Minister for Road Safety, the member for Wright, to visit the site, recently, to announce $20,000 in funding for high-impact mobile signage. This signage is designed to promote road safety messages and encourage drivers to stop and take that much needed break. The value is, they'll be able to put it on the freeway. Thank you to all the volunteers, to Mary and Barry and the whole team, for the work that they do.