City of Bayswater helping residents to recharge batteries

Councillor Catherine Ehrhardt, Irene Hollister, Mayor Barry McKenna and Belinda Grandoni at the charging station. Picture: Lauren Pilat
Councillor Catherine Ehrhardt, Irene Hollister, Mayor Barry McKenna and Belinda Grandoni at the charging station. Picture: Lauren Pilat

PEOPLE using electric wheelchairs, mobility scooters and gophers will have better peace of mind in the City of Bayswater, with two charging stations now available at The Rise and Maylands library.

The city rolled out the recharge points as a Recharge Scheme national partner to help residents who rely on electrically powered personal transport and often fear being stranded due to a flat battery.

Beechboro resident Irene Hollister, who uses an electric wheelchair after having a stroke, said she would often go out and fear of the battery going flat, and if it did she would need to call a taxi.

Mayor Barry McKenna said people would now be able to stay out longer with the certainty that they could recharge and not have to rush home.

“The city values all members of the community and is always looking for new and exciting ways to improve the lives of our residents,” Cr McKenna said.

“We want to encourage our local businesses and community groups to join us rolling this program out on a wider scale in 2016.”

Senior community development officer Belinda Grandoni said it cost the city $1300 to sign up to the Recharge Scheme, with $300 paid annually to remain on the website and receive logistical support.

“The scheme was initiated in Victoria and across the nation there are more than 700 recharge outlets,” she said.

“The City of Subiaco is the only other WA council to sign up to the scheme and the City of Bayswater’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Committee identified the initiative as a priority to continue to build access and inclusion within the city.

“In the new year, officers will be seeking expressions of interest from other local businesses and community organisations who are interested in coming on board.”

The charging stations are labelled with a Recharge Scheme sticker.

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