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Leading the Charge

Published on Friday, 22 March 2024 at 8:00:00 AM

The Shire of Northam and WALGA have announced a ground breaking project to transition 21 Local Governments in WA to Electric Vehicles (EVs). The initiative involves a $12.26M investment, with 21 Local Governments committing $7.68M for 129 Battery Electric Vehicles. Additional funding includes $3.51M from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and $1M from the WA State Government for charging infrastructure.

WALGA, in collaboration with Local Governments, aims to reduce costs and accelerate the transition to EVs through bulk procurement and knowledge sharing. This project is a first-of-its-kind effort to harness the collective buying power of Local Governments.

Shire of Northam President, Chris Antonio reflecting on the announcement commented, “The Shire of Northam is proud to be part of this project and to be amongst leaders in the transition toward EV’s, highlighting how all levels of Government can work well together”.

The initiative is expected to provide cost-effective solutions, particularly benefiting non-metropolitan Local Governments by funding power infrastructure upgrades.

The 21 participating Local Governments, including the Shire of Northam, will play a key role in sharing insights as the program is implemented immediately. The focus is on fast-tracking the installation of charging infrastructure to facilitate the transition to a more sustainable and eco-friendly fleet.

For the full media release from WALGA visit!-walga-welcomes-funding-support-

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