Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

Moree will soon be getting two new electric vehicle charging stations in town thanks to a state government grant.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said a NSW Electric Vehicle Destination Grant of almost $10,000 had been provided to Moree Plains Shire Council to add two additional charging stations in the community to cater for increased numbers of motorists with EVs traveling up and down the Newell Highway.

“The aim is to entice more of the growing numbers of tourists driving electric vehicles to stop in Moree for a break and hopefully to stay a day or two – utilising these new charging stations,” Mr Marshall said.

“With the addition of these two new stations, Moree will have a total of three public EV charging points, with the existing one in the public carpark near Coles Supermarket.”

“This puts Moree well in front of most rural communities catering for those driving EVs, which makes sense given its prime location along the Newell – one of the busiest stretches of road in the whole State.”

Mr Marshall said Moree Plains Shire Council would now work on determining the two locations where the charging stations would be placed, keeping in mind the need for spots easy to access and close to the centre of town.

“Motorists will be able to stop off, plug in and recharge their vehicles in an easy and hassle-free way,” Mr Marshall said.

“While they wait for their vehicle to charge, travellers will be able to stroll down through the CBD and spend some time in some of the wonderful shops and cafes.”

“We want people to stop off or stay over in Moree, allowing them to explore the town while charging their EV, helping fuel local investment and job creation.”

“I think this is a wonderful initiative by council and should put Moree on the front foot in attracting EV drivers to stop in the community and spend their money,” he said.

Today’s announcement follows a rollout of EV charging stations in Armidale, Tenterfield, and Glen Innes.

Image: Adam Marshall with Moree Plains Shire Deputy Mayor Susannah Pearse

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