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Logan City Council pushes for more electric car stations

The Logan City Council put forward a motion to the Queensland Government this week to consider ways to increase the city’s electric car charging station infrastructure to facilitate the growing number of electric vehicles on the streets.

There are currently only 300 electric car charging stations across the state of Queensland, and just 11 stations to facilitate Logan’s population of 340’000 people.

The motion was initiated by Logan City Council division 8 councillor Jacob Heremaia, who said he was passionate about the opportunity to help prepare the city to facilitate more electric cars.

He put forward a proposal to Council, who unanimously voted last week to connect with the Queensland state government about ways to increase the number of electric car charging stations across the state.

Cr Heremaia said in Australia only 1.5 percent of new cars sold were electric, meanwhile 75 percent of new cars sold in Norway were electric. 

“What I do know is that we’re going to go up, and we’re going to increase from 1.5 percent, so we need to make sure that those electric cars out on our streets have charging sites and the infrastructure to support them,” he said.

“That’s what I’m really pushing for in council – to start working on new innovative ways to deliver this infrastructure in the most cost-effective way.”

Cr Heremaia said recently in the UK the Prime Minister announced a new bill requiring developers to include electric car charging stations for electric vehicles as part of their building conditions to upgrade roads and other community facilities.

“New buildings in England will have electric charging points available to really facilitate that transition to get more electric cars out on the streets,” he said.

“What I’ve done in the planning committee is I’ve put forward a motion that was voted on last week and ratified in Council this week.

“The motion is all about asking the state government to give some information about how we can work with developers to deliver charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.”

Watch: Logan City Councillor Jacob Heremaia speaks about the need to increase electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Logan.

Cr Heremaia said it was the first step in a broader direction towards treating charging points like any other necessary infrastructure in the community.

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