Far North Queensland will receive an Australian-first electric charging station pilot project, with Cairns business Energy Solutions to install the devices at six popular tourist destinations.
The project has been developed and implemented by the Department of State Development, through Economic Development Queensland – the state government’s specialist land use planning and property development unit – and is being delivered with sponsorship from RACQ.
State Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, said that the joint Queensland Government and RACQ project will help supercharge tourism and bolster jobs across Cairns.
“We’re thrilled to have awarded Intrust Energy Solutions, who have offices across the Cairns region, and EVSE Australia the contract to install the network of six electric vehicle charging stations at key tourist attractions across Tropical North Queensland.
“The Tropical North Queensland Electric Vehicle Drive will create a world-class sustainable multi-day tourism experience, offering free electric vehicle charging over the 12-month trial period.
“We’re proud to be partnering with RACQ to power-up this important demonstration project that will provide free vehicle recharges at key tourist attractions across Far North Queensland to help support local jobs.”
RACQ Head of Public Policy, Dr Rebecca Michael, said the project would help attract more national and international tourists to Tropical North Queensland.
“We are excited to be working with the Queensland Government to deliver this exciting pilot program.
“With a focus on eco-tourism, this project is demonstrating how road tourism can transition to a sustainable future.”
Intrust Group founder and Business Development Manager, Mick Guli, said the pilot was a great project for the organisation to work on.
“Our people are learning new skills and we look forward to helping our region embrace the move to electric vehicles,” Mr Guli said.
Construction will start in the coming weeks at Paronella Park, Historic Village Herberton and Coffee Works Mareeba.