FUTURE: These new projects will allow the South Burnett to have assets to remain competitive in the tourism and pork industry.
FUTURE: These new projects will allow the South Burnett to have assets to remain competitive in the tourism and pork industry. Jessica McGrath

Electric cars: Town would be drawcard with charging stations

KINGAROY could become a futuristic tourism destination with plans to accommodate electric cars.

The rural town will include the electric charge stations as part of the rehabilitation and upgrade of the Alford St public carpark after funding is approved.

The South Burnett Regional Council agreed, during their August meeting, to nominate two projects for the State Government Building Our Regions infrastructure fund.

Councillor Kathy Duff said the installation of the electric charge stations would be a big tourism drawcard.

"If we've got one, we're going to attract people to come," she said.

"It's an asset that's a bit out there and people are going to come so they can charge their cars."

Council CEO Mark Pitt said this was an opportunity for Kingaroy to be prepared for them.

"The tourism industry is starting to expand in those more rural and regional areas," he said.

General manager for infrastructure, Aaron Meehan said the electric cars were increasing in popularity.

"The TESLA cars will go from Brisbane to Kingaroy on a single charge," he said.

Mr Meehan said the charging stations would be at the back of the carpark and there would also be provisions for RVs and caravans.

These carpark upgrades would open up the tourism market and encourage people to do day trips to the South Burnett.

Mayor Keith Campbell said the $3340,000 carpark upgrade was part of the Kingaroy Streetscape plans.

"It's a step we as a regional council should be making available, to accommodate tourists that come to the area," he said.

The council nominated a second project as part of round five of the funding.

They have put forward plans for the establishment of a stock effluent dump facility on the Bunya Highway, south of Kingaroy.

This $400,000 facility would assist the pork industry.

"One of the benefits is the reduction in spillages in the streets as trucks go past," Cr Campbell said.