The first public-access dual electric vehicle charger of its kind in Denmark will be installed at Berridge Park in about a month. The Shire of Denmark confirmed this week a 22kW EV charger was due for installation between two Hollings Road parking bays in March. The charger will be available for public use by two vehicles at a time. Denmark Shire president Ceinwen Gearon said she was pleased to make EV charging available in Denmark. “The existing and growing demand for EV charging infrastructure across Australia is well-known and it’s time Denmark got on board,” she said. “As electric vehicles become more prominent on our roads, we know this new piece of public infrastructure is essential for a tourist region like ours. “This investment aligns with our sustainable travel and transport key principles and objectives outlined in our sustainability strategy, and Council is pleased to be taking another step towards reducing our footprint on the environment.” Payments for the charger’s use will be made through an app, with councillors due to confirm the fees at their February ordinary meeting on Tuesday. A Shire officer’s report prepared for the council recommends adoption of a duration and energy tariff at a rate of $0.45p/kWh for the Berridge Park charger, plus 10¢ per minute parked after three hours. The report looks at five different tariff structures which could be applied: a flat rate; a rate based only on duration; a rate based only on energy; a rate taking into account duration and energy; and a rate taking into account duration and energy according to the time of day. The report states the recommendation of a rate based on duration and energy has been reached because it “will allow for the cost of power and administrative costs to be recovered and incentivises owners to move when an adequate charge is reached.” The report also says the Shire has been liaising with Western Power regarding possible power upgrades, which are required to support the installation of a DC fast charger in town. It states the installation of the 22kW AC charger at Berridge Park is a more “immediate solution” which will be able to deliver “up to 30km of travel per 15 minutes” to meet demand while discussions with Western Power continue.