Charge points be­rated

‘SMOKE AND MIR­RORS’ QUIP

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Nick Houghton

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

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