CHARGED UP: Andrew Wilson and Jo McNally give UQ's Tesla its first Warwick refill.
CHARGED UP: Andrew Wilson and Jo McNally give UQ's Tesla its first Warwick refill. Tessa Flemming

Council drives Warwick tourism into the future

ACCORDING to council's newest initiative with UQ, it's electricity that's driving Warwick into the future of tourism.

Unveiling the Rose City's first electric car charging station yesterday - behind Target - Southern Downs councillor Rod Kelly said it would usher in a vein of tourism previously unimaginable.

"Electric is the future. Now we're part of the future,” Cr Kelly said.

Charging stations, which could power a car in half an hour, would give tourists a reason to shop in town as they waited to refill.

"It's another reason to come to Warwick,” he said.

"It flags desirable and accessible tourism,” he said.

The closest charging station was previously in Toowoomba, meaning electric car drivers were unable to make the trip without using private power outlets, according to UQ project officer Sarah Haskmann.

"We noticed there was a gap in charging from Toowoomba to Tenterfield. This is the last piece of the puzzle,” she said.

The UQ project officer said it signalled an exciting growth in electric tourism

"Wednesday, we had five cars drive past, showing kids. It's bringing people of disparate interests together.

"We're on the crest (of electric technology), just about to go over.”



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