Electric super highway

Noosa Shire Council has plugged into the State’s Electric Super Highway, giving eco-tourism and Noosa’s emissions-reduction efforts a welcome boost.

Noosa is among more than 10 Queensland councils to install public electric vehicle chargers under the State’s Queensland Electric Super Highway initiative.

Councillor Brian Stockwell said, “Noosa is pleased to be a part of this initiative, which makes it possible for electric vehicles to travel all the way from Cairns to Coolangatta.”

Noosa’s fast-charger has been up and running since late last year near Cooroy railway station and within easy access from the Bruce Highway.

“It’s Council’s ambitious goal to become carbon neutral by 2026. Our community too has seized the emissions-reduction message and this charger is a great way, that we, with the State’s help, can support the uptake of electric vehicles in the shire.”

He said Noosa welcomed the chance to join the first phase of the program, which aims to accelerate electric vehicle use across Queensland.

Councillor Joe Jurisevic said, “We’ve also been able to make use of charging infrastructure we already had in-house to provide this public service, which is good news for ratepayers.”

The Queensland Electric Super Highway chargers are powered by renewable energy.

“It means tourists can now explore Noosa emissions-free in an electric vehicle and easily access charging facilities, which is a big win for eco-tourism.

“As electric vehicle owners can recharge for free during the initial phase of the program, now is the ideal time to consider making the switch to an electric vehicle.”