THE Fraser Coast is looking to break into the record books next month, by staging the world’s longest mobility scooter / mobility vehicle convoy.
Residents are being urged to take part in the 2022 Mobility Scooter / Wheelchair Convoy in Hervey Bay on Saturday, 3 September.
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The current world record is held by a Canadian city with 159 scooters.
Local participants broke the Australian record last year when 172 people joined the convoy.
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the biggest challenge on the day would be adhering to the strict regulations put in place by Guinness World Records.
“We are confident we will have the number of scooters required for the record, however there are a host of extra rules and requirements to gain the official world title,” Cr Seymour said.
But there’s more to the event than just trying to break a record.
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Fraser Coast Regional Council Seniors Liaison Officer Julie de Waard said the aim of the day was to promote the safe use of mobility scooters and wheelchairs.
“These vehicles are very important; they enhance people’s independence and mobility,” Ms De Waard said.
The convoy also promotes awareness of scooters and wheelchairs using footpaths across the region.
“While the convoy has a serious message, it is also a bright and happy event with participants encouraged to decorate their vehicles,” Ms de Waard said.
“There are prizes for the best decorated vehicle; best decorated person and best decorated hat.”
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Participants can only register to take part from 8am on the day, but to make the process quicker you can get a copy of the registration form and pre-fill it in.
Call the Halcro Street Community Centre on 4194 2441 for more information.
Use the same number if you would like to help on the day by volunteering as a track marshal.
The convoy will travel from Scarness Park along the shared cycle/walk path to the All Abilities Playground and back again.
Free entertainment and food will be provided to participants at Scarness Park.
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