Council gives green light for electric vehicle charging stations on public land

PROVIDERS can now establish, operate and maintain electric vehicle charging infrastructure on Wollongong City Council-owned or managed land.

Last week, Council voted unanimously to adopt a new Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure on Public Land Policy.

The new policy was finalised following a round of community consultation earlier this year, where 98 per cent of submissions supported the document.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the policy will support more people to use electric vehicles in Wollongong.

“Council won’t own or operate the charging stations but is keen to make sure they are accessible, convenient and meet the needs of the community, both now and into the future,” he said.

“We are committed to increasing the availability of the stations and this policy makes clear our procurement, site selection, design and licensing requirements.

“By taking the lead and setting out our expectations about charging stations we hope that this will facilitate more of them being established in our city. This will, in turn, allow more drivers to consider whether the move to an electric vehicle is for them.”

Where possible, the providers of charging stations are encouraged to use renewable energy to power the chargers.

“Renewable energy is the fuel of the future and when our residents are ready to transition, Council is taking the steps to ensure the charging infrastructure they need is available.”

“Switching to electric vehicles, and appliances, that are powered by renewable energy, is cleaner, cheaper to run and better for the planet.

“Moving forward, this infrastructure will play a part in achieving net zero community emissions in Wollongong by 2050,” Cr Bradbery said.

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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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