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Plug in, and keep on rolling…

July 17, 2015

It’s great news if you are dependent on an electric  scooter or wheelchair  for mobility…and are sometimes worried about being stranded away from home by a flat battery.

Unley Council has just released details of the very welcome introduction of a “plug-in” service for those residents who rely on a mobility scooter or electric wheelchair.

Under the scheme  Unley and five other Councils… Burnside, Norwood Payneham and St Peters, Prospect, Walkerville and Campbelltown…recharge points will be introduced across the eastern metro area beginning with libraries and Community Centres and expanding to include local businesses.

Announcing the innovation,  Eastern  Region CPN Coordinator Sue Aplin said that the recharge points will be recognizable by stickers in the windows of participating buildings/businesses. The Recharge Scheme Australia Ltd   website lists the recharge points in the six councils and businesses and a phone app is being developed to enable residents to easily locate their closest recharge point. In Unley this will be in the community centres and libraries, with the next step being the  encouragement of the involvement of local businesses.

RSA was officially launched in 2006 in the Victorian shire of Nillumbik.

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  1. Cr Bob Schnell permalink
    July 17, 2015 2:31 pm

    We looked at this initiative some 6-7 years.
    From memory the problem was that the average charging time for a gopher was a long, very long time.
    It would mean that the person would have to stay there for some hours before having adequate charge to get home.
    It will be interesting to see how it goes.


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