BASS Coast Shire has secured $290,000 as a part of the state government’s $100 million Zero Emission Roadmap and the Destination Charging Across Victoria Program.
This funding will be used to install four 50kW DC destination electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Wonthaggi, Grantville, Inverloch and Newhaven by February 2023.
Council has also contributed $140,000 from the Climate Change Action Plan Budget towards this project.
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Michael Whelan said that providing more EV infrastructure across the shire is a key action of the Bass Coast Climate Change Action Plan.
“Grantville has been selected due to its position on the Bass Highway. It is already a destination to break the journey to popular tourist destinations including Phillip Island and Inverloch,” he said.
“The Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre at Newhaven will provide people travelling in electric vehicles with an opportunity to visit the Centre and discover things to see and do right across the region and throughout Victoria, all while charging their EVs.”
The charging station project will be delivered via a collaborative partnership between South Gippsland, Wellington and East Gippsland Shire Councils to ensure a coordinated Gippsland approach.
“We want Gippsland to be a leader in the EV tourism space which has been predicted to be valued at over $264 million in Victoria by 2030,” Cr Whelan said.
In 2018-19, Bass Coast’s visitor economy was estimated to generate approximately $549 million in direct visitor expenditure, equating to 5900 jobs, contributing to 43.9 per cent of the region’s Gross Domestic Profit.