Mount Isa has been chosen as a site for the future installation of an electric vehicle charging station.
Mount Isa City Council will engage with electrical infrastructure company Yurika during the planning and approval process phase of the project with Council anticipating an exact site for the EV-charging station to be determined by the end of 2021.
Council said it was part of Phase 3 of the State Government's Queensland Electric Super Highway, which, when complete, will connect EV drivers across a range of routes - from Brisbane to Mount Isa (via the Dinosaur Trail locations), Goondiwindi to Emerald, and Longreach to Cairns.
Yurika, part of Energy Queensland, are working in partnership with Department of Transport and Main Roads to deliver the extension of the Queensland Electric Super Highway Phase 3.
Yurika's Executive General Manager Carly Irving said Stage Three of the project would expand the super highway from just under 2,000 kilometres to almost 3,800 kilometres, spreading through western Queensland.
"Stage Three will add another 18 electric vehicle charging sites to Queensland's Electric Super Highway, all of them in outback locations," Ms Irving said.
"This means there will soon be 49 fast charging locations for EV drivers to explore the length and breadth of our beautiful state.
"Yurika has proudly been front and centre in building and operating the Queensland Electric Super Highway from day one, in partnership with the Queensland Government and the RACQ."
The new QESH charging stations will be located at: Charters Towers, Hughenden, Julia Creek, Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Goondiwindi, Stanthorpe, Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine, Blackall, Emerald, Dingo, Charleville, Roma, Miles, Kingaroy and Esk.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said use of the QESH was at an all-time high.
"Electric vehicle drivers will be able to take trips from Brisbane to Mount Isa, Goondiwindi to Emerald, and Longreach to Cairns knowing there are charging stations along the way," Mr Bailey said.
"Sending the QESH out west not only puts EV charging on the map in regional Queensland but supports the drive tourism market too, importantly to tourism centres like Winton where the Palaszczuk Government is delivering $4.9 million in new additions to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum."
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