Charging clean energy mobility

The arrival of the first EV charger in Yackandandah has been a highly collaborative endeavour with the goal to serve people with clean, local and renewable power. 

Leveraging funds provided by the Victorian Governments Destination Charging Across Victoria (DCAV) Program, Totally Renewable Yackandandah initiated, raised funds and project-managed the installation to support the transition to clean transport. We are thrilled to have gathered support from a diverse group of local entities to install this charger – and we hope there will be more to come!

Matt Charles-Jones gives thanks at the launch event for the many collaborators on the EV Charger project.

First proposed as a project idea in early 2021, it took a year to secure the funding for the charger and then many months of dedicated liaising and collaboration to finalise its installation. It was launched in August 2022 to a keen crowd of onlookers and after several months of persistent enquiries from locals and visitors alike, asking when it would be operational.

Indigo Shire Council own and manage the carpark on Windham Street and have generously supported a lease arrangement for the charger and assisted with civil and site works to ensure the charger is safe and in keeping with the heritage values of the town.

Community-owned social enterprise YCDCo have been substantial financial contributors and adopted ownership of the device on behalf of the community.  YCDCo is a highly successful and innovative community business with fuel sales, rural supplies and hardware.  Our local lawyers, Halliday Solicitors also contributed significant funds to help usher in the electric revolution! Agency of Sculpture kindly donated a bench next to the charger to provide a resting spot for users while their vehicle is charging.

To complete the puzzle, our local community-owned electricity enterprise Indigo Power have shouldered the task of managing and maintaining the charger. Indigo Power offer electricity retail services in north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales, all with the goal of transforming those areas to 100% renewable energy.

A huge thanks to all contributors and the community of EV drivers who complete the picture.

Six people with gloves, rakes, shovels and brooms stand in front of a cream and white EV charger unit on the edge of a carpark, looking towards and smiling at the camera.
TRY committee members landscaped the garden beds after construction was complete.