Write to your local MP
And help get more public EV chargers in your local area.
Have your say
We’re rolling out Australia’s largest EV charging network, but many EV drivers don’t know that Chargefox only own the ultra-rapid chargers.
Most of the others on the network are owned by ‘site hosts’ – councils and businesses like shopping centres, restaurants and service centres. They work with us to make sure their stations are easy to find and use via the Chargefox app.
In the case of councils, contacting your Member of Parliament (MP) can go a long way in accelerating the number of EV charging stations installed in your local area. More publicly available stations means EV adoption as a whole is also likely to happen faster.
Our MPs are there to listen to the views of the public, understand your perspective, and represent you in Parliament. The more people who contact their local MP on a given topic (e.g. EV charging infrastructure), the more likely this matter will be raised. As one of their constituents, your opinion holds a lot of weight, as based on your vote, they will win or lose elections.
Letters are one of the most simple and effective ways to engage your Member of Parliament about an issue you care about.
How to write a letter to your local MP
Download this template letter we’ve written.
Search for your local member and find out how to contact them here. While it is most effective to contact your local MP, you could also consider contacting your state’s Senators or the Minister whose portfolio relates to your topic area (e.g. Environment Minister or Energy Minister).
Make sure you use your MP’s correct title and contact details. You can find them here, in the document titled Mail Labels for Members: All Members Electorate Offices.
Edit the letter with correct electorate and contact info, add some personal elements if you wish, and post.
- As a general rule, MPs should be addressed ‘Mr/Mrs/Dr/Ms, first name initial, last name, MP’. For example:
Dr A. Aly MP
Member for Cowan
PO Box 219
Kingsway WA 6065
Politicians who have been or are government ministers will have the title “The Honourable” prefixing their name. For example, Hon A. N. Albanese MP.
- If your MP has made any positive steps in this area, you can thank them for the action they have already taken. Then articulate what else you would like them to do.
- Include a relevant personal anecdote or experience. This will help make the issue real and tangible for your MP.
- Be clear on what action you want your MP to take. Eg. Install one or more EV charging stations for public use.
- Provide your contact details so the MP can respond, but expect to wait up to a month for a response. If you don’t get one, call your MP’s office to remind them of your letter and ask when you may expect a response. If you still don’t hear back from them for another two weeks, try again. Be both persistent and polite.
Learn more about your local MP
To find out where your MP stands on various issues, you can:
- Research what they and their party have said on the issues you care about. They Vote For You has excellent information about how your representatives in Parliament vote on issues you care about and enables you to keep track of what your representatives say in Parliament (direct to your inbox)!
- Sign up on your MP’s website to receive regular email updates, invites to local events, and information on their positions on local issues to understand what they’re saying. Every MP has an e-newsletter.
- Set up a Google News Alert at w ww.google.com/alerts — for example “Bob Smith MP” — to receive an email whenever your MP is in the news.
- Follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter (most will have a social media presence)
- Do some research on Google News (news.google.com/news) to find out what local reporters have written about your MP.