and a Ute
There is something very special about being on Dangar Island where the roads are for walking and we don't have cars. So rare to be in a car free space, but it does create the need for a unique transport solution for our community.
The Dangar Island Vehicle Management Committee, with the support of our shire council, currently manages two vehicles which operate on the island. These are a volunteer driven passenger cart, the buggy, and a self drive utility, the ute.
The two vehicles meet the majority of our transport needs. There is also a permit system for temporary vehicles barged across the river for building, moving and garbage services.
The buggy is used to help people with transporting themselves and their shopping around the island.
It runs 7 days a week from 8.30 am - 7.00 pm (M-F) and 9.00 am to 5.30 pm (S&S) with a driver on duty to respond to bookings as they are made.
For any pick-ups to or from the 7:30pm ferry, please book by 7.00 pm.
For Bookings outside of these hours, please book 24 hours prior to pick-up.
Additional volunteer drivers are always welcome in order to maintain our commitment to a seven day schedule. A current NSW Driving License and 1-2 days per month are all that is needed. Driving takes very little time and the roster is very flexible.
Emergency use - the buggy is equipped to carry a stretcher and medical assistants. The Dangar Island Fire Brigade and the Dangar Island Community First Responders Ambulance Service have access to the vehicle with their own registered drivers.
Volunteer drivers are not responsible for the medical care of people being transported.
The buggy can carry up to five passengers at a time.
$5.50 - able passenger
$2.20 - frail or disabled passenger
$2.20 - accompanying mobility assistant
$0 - accompanied children under 4 years old
$2.20 per item exceeding 20 kg per passenger
Animals must be properly contained; for example on a short lead or small dogs and cats in cage - guide dogs are the only exception. Drivers are not expected to lift loads for passengers.
The full code of conduct is available here.
The utility is used for the transport of larger, heavier or more rugged loads such as furniture, rubbish or building supplies.
Rules of play
To hire the ute you need to be over 25 years of age and hold a current driver’s licence.
The ute is available 7 days a week and bookings can be made by calling the volunteer Utility Officer between 9:00am and 5:00pm.
Advanced notice of a few hours, or preferably the previous day, would be appreciated.
The utility is booked out at a cost of $50 per hour or part thereof.