Charge points berated
‘SMOKE AND MIRRORS’ QUIP
PLANS by Blacktown Council to install electric car charge points has been slammed by sustainability expert Mike Haydon.
The council had proposed the installation of 10 “smartpoles” around Blacktown, which include LED street lighting, Wi-Fi and a charge point for electric cars.
It was approached by company ENE-HUB to install the poles for $30,000. Yet Mr Haydon - who has taken his Seven Hills home off the grid - labelled the charge points “smoke and mirrors”.
He said they were “shifting pollution to wherever the coal power stations are”.
“If Blacktown Council was serious about sustainable energy and the environment, they should look into locally sourced wind and solar-energy options.”
Mayor Stephen Bali said the poles would be energyefficient, and “a great addition to Blacktown”.
The council’s plant and energy manager, Jon Bannister, said while not many people owned electric cars, it hoped the infrastructure would encourage residents