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The seventh year of the multi-award winning ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ initiative was launched at the Old Dubbo Gaol on Wednesday 1 March and will run through until Wednesday 31 May in a bid to reduce fatigue related crashes on NSW roads.


Free CuppaFree Cuppa for the Driver is a successful initiative that allows drivers who have travelled more than 100 kilometres from the address on their drivers licence to qualify for a free cup of tea or coffee from a choice of 92 participating businesses in areas that stretch from the Queensland border down to the Victorian border in Central and South West NSW. Moree Plains Shire has 5 participating business this year.


The launch welcomed Member for Dubbo, Mr Troy Grant along with other special guests including Acting Superintendent of the Orana Local Area Command, Mr Scott Tanner, Dubbo Regional Council's Administrator, Mr Michael Kneipp, Coordinator of Regional NSW High Productivity Road Transport's Alliance, Mr John Morris, Commissioner NSW Volunteer Rescue Association, Mr Mark Gibson ESM and Dubbo business owner Mr Michael Dodd.


Tony Grant highlighted at the launch that road fatalities have been going against previous trends and have increased rather than decreased from the year beforehand. Mr Grant emphasised on how important initiatives like Free Cuppa for the Driver are given the recent increase in fatalities on NSW roads.


Road Safety Officer for Moree Plains Shire Council, Renee McMillan, explained that this initiative targets drivers travelling in areas with NSW highways and roads that are the gateway to major cities, such as Melbourne and Brisbane. These highways include the Castlereagh, Gwydir, Golden, Great Western, Hume, Mitchell, Newell and Oxley.


Since its inception in 2010, over 5,700 free cuppas have been given away from 185 participating businesses throughout 161 cities, towns and villages in Western NSW.


Acting Superintendent for Orana Local Area Command, Mr Scott Tanner, is in full support of this initiative and reducing easily preventable fatigue related crashes by encouraging drivers to stop for a free cuppa and have a break.


“This Project, the Free Cuppa for the Driver, is a great time for drivers to say ok we are going to pull over in the next town and we are going to have a free cup of coffee,” said Mr Tanner.


Fatigue is one of the biggest killers on NSW roads with it contributing to 72 fatal crashes in NSW over the last 12 months.


“Free Cuppa for the Driver doesn’t just target drivers travelling in cars or caravans but also heavy vehicles, because truck drivers also face the risk of becoming fatigued whilst driving,” explained Mrs McMillan. Some participating businesses have parking for heavy vehicles and welcome truck drivers to pull in during their travels for a free cuppa.


Drivers can use the Free Cuppa for the Driver App and its GPS tracking technology to find a nearby participating business and the type of parking available. There is also a Free Cuppa website and Facebook page that offers useful information on participating businesses and the initiative itself.


Major Visitor Information Centres from Victoria up to Queensland have received Free Cuppa for the Driver brochures which include information about participating businesses, competitions and contact details of coordinators of the initiative.


Free Cuppa for the Driver is also running a selfie competition on Facebook. Information about these competitions can be found at or by visiting a participating business.


For any queries on Free Cuppa for the Driver please contact Moree Plains Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer, Renee McMillan, on 02 6757 3277 or by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Free Cuppa Launch Photo: Melanie Suitor (Road Safety & Injury Prevention Officer, Parkes, Forbes & Lachlan Shire Council), Renee McMillan (Road Safety Officer, Moree Plain Shire Council), Acting Superintendent Scott Tanner (NSW Police Force – Orana LAC), Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan (Road Safety Officer, Orange City & Cabonne Shire Councils), Mr Troy Grant (Member for Dubbo), Jayne Bleechmore (Road Safety Officer, Dubbo Regional & Gilgandra Shire Councils), Cheyenne O’Brien (Road Safety Officer, Warrumbungle Shire Council) and Iris Dorsett (Road Safety Officer, Bathurst Regional and Blayney Shire Councils).





























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Deregulation of the Moree-Sydney Air Service is on the agenda for Transport for NSW (TfNSW).


At its meeting of 23 February 2017, Moree Plains Shire Council resolved:




That Council endorses the Moree-Sydney Air Service route to remain a regulated air route and submit feedback to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, confirming this position which is consistent with community feedback from community engagement received up to date and will be subject to further community feedback from the Town Hall meeting on the evening of 23 February 2017 and survey results received up until 5pm Friday, 24 February 2017. Carried unanimously


At the request of the NSW Government, Moree Plains Shire Council provided feedback to TfNSW on 28 February 2017.


Final Submission


As soon as we are advised of the position of the NSW Government on this matter, we will advise our community. Thank you for your support to date.


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