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Recharge Scheme

The Recharge Scheme is about encouraging local businesses and organisations in the City of Kingston to provide a power point to enable people who use electric wheelchairs and scooters to recharge the battery if required as these batteries only last for a number of hours in between charges.

Recharge stickers are placed in prominent locations so everyone can easily identify local businesses and organisations that are part of the Recharge Scheme. Recharge stickers are also placed above or near power points so people can quickly see which power point has been set aside for them to use.

All Recharge stickers, logos and associated information are consistent to ensure everyone can recognise this initiative wherever they live, work or visit across the state. 

Recharge Scheme locations in Kingston

CHELSEA

Chelsea Activity Hub
3-5 Showers Ave
Chelsea
Phone: (03) 9773 9735
  Opening hours:
  Monday 9:30am-2pm
  Tuesday 9:30am-1:30pm
  Wednesday Closed
  Thursday 9:30am-1:30pm
  Friday 9:30am-1:30pm
  (powerpoint is located outside, so there is 24 hour access)

Customer Service Centre - Chelsea (Kingston City Council)
1 Chelsea Rd,
Chelsea, 3196
Phone: 1300 653 356
  Opening hours:
 Monday to Friday - 10am to 4.30pm

Longbeach PLACE
15 Chelsea Road,
Chelsea, 3196
Phone: (03) 9776 1386
  Opening hours:
  Monday to Wednesday - 9.30am -3pm
  Thursday - 9.30am - midday
  Friday - office closed
  School holidays: Tuesday to Thursday - 10am - 1pm

CHELSEA HEIGHTS

Chelsea Heights Community Centre
Beazley Reserve, 160 Thames Promenade,
Chelsea Heights
  Opening hours:
  Monday to Fridays - 9am to 3pm
  (limited hours during school holidays)

CHELTENHAM

Cheltenham Community Centre
8 Chesterville Road (off Pine Street)
Cheltenham 3192
Phone: (03) 9583 0095
  Opening hours:
  Monday to Friday - 9am to 4pm

Customer Service Centre - Cheltenham (Kingston City Council)
1230 Nepean Hwy
Cheltenham 3192
Phone: 1300 653 356
  Opening hours:
  Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm

Southern Community Church of Christ
2 - 12 Chesterville Road
Cheltenham 3192
Phone: (03) 9584 8499
  Opening hours:
  Monday to Friday - 9am to 4pm

CLARINDA

Clarinda Community Centre
58 Viney Street,
Clarinda 3169
  Opening hours:
  Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm

DINGLEY VILLAGE

Dingley Village Neighbourhood Centre
31b Marcus Road
Dingley 3172
Phone: (03) 9558 1866
  Opening hours:
  Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 3pm

HIGHETT

Waves Leisure Centre
111 Chesterville Road
Highett 3190
Phone: (03) 9559 7111
  Opening hours:
  Monday to Friday, 6am to 9pm
  Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 7am to 6pm

PARKDALE

Central Bayside Community Health Services
335 Nepean Highway
Parkdale, 3195
Phone: (03) 8587 0200
  Opening hours:
  Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 5pm

PATTERSON LAKES

Patterson Lakes Community Centre
54-70 Thompson Road
Patterson Lakes  3197
Phone: (03) 9772 8588
  Opening hours:
  Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm

About the Recharge Scheme

To become a program partner, local businesses and organisations need to be physically accessible to people who use electric scooters or wheelchairs and be willing to provide a power point so people can recharge their battery. Even if the power point offered is not often used, just having it available will give people the confidence to get to their destination knowing recharge points are available.

The cost of electricity to recharge an electric scooter or wheelchair for up to an hour is only 10-20 cents. So, for a small cost, businesses and organisations can make a big difference in the lives of people who use a mobility device. It means additional versatility and freedom.

For information about the Recharge Scheme in the City of Kingston, please contact Kingston Council’s Social Development team at community@kingston.vic.gov.au or 1300 653 356.

The City of Kingston Recharge Scheme is a partnership project conjunction with local businesses and organisations.

Kingston City Council welcomes this kind and generous contribution by all businesses and organisations involved in the Recharge Scheme.

The Recharge Scheme on the web

People are able to check out the Recharge Scheme’s website by clicking on or typing in the following address: www.rechargescheme.org.au.

This website is regularly updated and is easily accessible. By just clicking on the area that you want to visit, a list will show up with addresses and phone numbers of those involved in the Recharge Scheme. This website enables people who use an electric scooter or wheelchair to identify Recharge points and locations across Victoria and plan their trip accordingly.

Where it all started

The RECHARGE Scheme was established in 2006 after the Shire of Nillumbik in north-east Victoria found that an increasing number of their residents with restricted mobility are finding electric scooter or wheelchair to be a valuable means of transportation. However, negotiating the steep roads and footpaths across Nillumbik meant that batteries run low more quickly and deter people from travelling longer distances.

Through the state funded initiative, MetroAccess, these issues were addressed by combining the efforts of the local government, local businesses and the community to ensure that people who use an electric scooter or wheelchair can continue to be involved in community life.

** This scheme was first developed in the Shire of Nillumbik and is proudly supported by VicRoads, Department of Human Services and Mobility Aids Australia Pty Ltd.

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