Yass Valley Council is expected to combine with ActewAGL/Evie for one electric vehicle site in Murrumbateman and with Tesla to provide an additional six sites in Yass in the same car park as the current NRMA charging station, across the road from the Yass Soldiers Club.

Council has recently been approached by Tesla and ActewAGL and Evie Networks with proposals to develop reliable high speed (greater than 100kW) EV Charging Infrastructure within Yass Valley.

The ActewAGL/Evie Network proposal has requested a single bay in the carpark at the Jones Park Rest Area in Murrumbateman. According to Council, there are no other suitable locations in Murrumbateman for this infrastructure. The current carpark at Jones Park has 15 spaces, this proposal will take one space for electric vehicles.

Tesla has requested the allocation of six bays for the carpark at 81-83 Meehan St, Yass adjacent to Banjo Patterson Park. The most likely location, depending on a final site analysis, is on the same side but at the opposite end to the existing NRMA Charger to enable future expansion of the site. The current carpark has 40 spaces and according to Council this proposal will result in 8 spaces in total being allocated to electric vehicles. Alternate options within Yass were considered including the Council Carpark on Lead Street did not go ahead due to electrical infrastructure challenges.

Both identified locations have been identified as being the preferred location due to the availability of electrical infrastructure, public toilets, playgrounds and food service areas. Both companies are seeking approval to begin the works as soon as possible to enable the roll out before the end of this year. According to Council, alternate locations in Yass have been considered but the availably of sufficient electrical infrastructure prohibits their development at this time.

Tonight’s meeting  agenda states that “Neither proposal requires upfront capital or investment from Council for the charger infrastructure or installation at the proposed sites.

Both proposals are drafted as such that the cost of electricity for charging are born by the provider and not Council.

Negotiations for the licence will seek to include profit or revenue sharing options after an initial 5 year free period as Council’s contribution to the establishment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the region.”

According to Council, Both companies are seeking 5 + 5 licence arrangements for the installation of their infrastructure.