Milestone moment in transition to electric vehicles

Published on Thursday, 21 March 2024 at 9:29:23 AM

Shire of Mundaring will benefit from the recent announcement of federal funding to help move towards a lower emissions local government fleet.

The Shire is one of 22 Local Governments to receive funding to join the growing shift towards electric vehicles. The grant will cover the costs of installing six electric vehicle charging stations by the end of 2024, which will enable replacement of some petrol and diesel vehicles with electric vehicles.

Working collaboratively under the leadership of the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), the Shire joined other Local Governments to submit a joint funding proposal. This initiative has resulted in a funding boost of $3.51 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), which will cover the costs for installing fleet charging infrastructure and necessary energy system upgrades for local governments across Western Australia.

Shire President Paige McNeil highlighted the project's importance, noting the role of collaboration and sharing crucial knowledge across the sector.

"Transitioning our fleet to electric vehicles isn't just about driving change, it's about steering our community towards a sustainable future. With collaborative efforts spearheaded by WALGA, we're accelerating our efforts towards reduced emissions by securing essential funding,” she said.  

“Participating in this initiative has enabled the Shire to access federal ARENA funding as part of the joint WALGA funding application.”

“With WALGA and its partners combining their purchasing power, procurement has also been streamlined, marking a significant advancement towards sustainability.”

Shire of Mundaring has been tackling corporate greenhouse gas emissions since setting a target in 2018. That target aimed to reduce the Shire’s emissions by 30% by 2030, from 2016/2017 levels. The initial 30% target was met in 2023 following energy efficiency measures, installation of large rooftop solar systems, and a renewable energy power purchase agreement for larger facilities (also coordinated through a joint WALGA initiative).

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