iKew Visitor Information Centre volunteers provide Driver Reviver

Friendly service: iKew Centre Driver Reviver coordinator Diane Hayes, volunteer publicity officer Faith Bell, volunteer brochure coordinator Jack Glover, president Barry Barr and volunteer Alison Cameron.
Friendly service: iKew Centre Driver Reviver coordinator Diane Hayes, volunteer publicity officer Faith Bell, volunteer brochure coordinator Jack Glover, president Barry Barr and volunteer Alison Cameron.

The volunteers at iKew Visitor Information Centre say they meet all kinds of people from all over the world who stop in for a break.

One couple from Sweden stopped in to the centre on a day where it had been raining heavily and they didn’t know much English.

“The wife had been learning how to say the names of a few of the towns on their travels,” volunteer publicity officer Faith Bell said.

“I was very impressed because I didn’t even know how to pronounce some of them.” 

Faith said when people visit from Europe they see Australia and they think they’ll be able to get to the next place within a short period of time. 

“It can sometimes takes days,” she said. 

The volunteers provide service with a smile for everyone who stops in. 

Fatigue is a major issue which affects drivers along the highway. 

“We’re well situated here because we’re four hours from Sydney and two hours from Newcastle,” Faith said. 

“We’re in that two hour bracket where people should be stopping.” 

Volunteer Jack Glover is in charge of collating information from local businesses for brochures which are available at the centre. 

He said the information point is not only useful for visitors but also residents who live in the district but might not know what is in their immediate area. 

Jack said it is rewarding to meet new people and to hear their stories. 

The iKew Centre has about 50 volunteers and most assist people who visit each day while others have allocated roles. 

The iKew Visitor Information Centre operates the Driver Reviver service each school holidays. People can also drop into the iKew during open hours 10am-4pm, seven days for the same service.

If people would like to become a volunteer please call 65594400 or visit www.camdenhaveninfo.org.au