Maryborough is now home to an electric vehicle charger as part of a state and local government investment in the technology.
Located outside the Maryborough Community Hub and across the road from the Maryborough Railway Station, the Tritium RT-M charger is one of the first of its kind to be installed anywhere in the world.
It is an Australian technology that was developed and manufactured in Queensland.
Maryborough's electric vehicle charging station is one of 17 charging stations that state will establish across Victoria.
The new charging stations are in rural centres including Echuca, Kerang and Swan Hill and smaller rural towns and tourist sites including Wedderburn, Newbridge and Inglewood.
The new sites were established as priority locations in a report undertaken by the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance and local governments.
CVGA is delivering the electric vehicle charging stations program in the Loddon Mallee in partnership with Evie Network and local councils.
Central Goldfields Shire mayor Chris Meddows-Taylor said he was thrilled to see the electric vehicle charger in Maryborough.
"There's no doubt the infrastructure will increase regional connectivity and ensure our region is an attractive place to visit as more and more electric vehicles hit the road," Cr Meddows-Taylor said.
Use of the charging station will be free for the first two months, until April 12, which includes the Labour Day and Easter long weekends.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio said she's excited to see cutting edge Australian technology installed in regional Victoria.
"The electric vehicle charging stations we're installing throughout the Loddon Mallee will put the region on the map for EV tourists, connecting Melbourne to Mallee and unlocking the Goldfields.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Bendigo's Queen Elizabeth Oval would be equipped with two electric vehicle charging stations in the car park of the iconic sports ground.
Bendigo mayor Jennifer Alden said the program laid the groundwork for a comprehensive network of public electric vehicle charging infrastructure in regional Victoria.
"We are delighted to be involved in the program, which will have a positive impact on our environment and create new and exciting opportunities for Greater Bendigo," Cr Alden said.
Two 50 kilowatt chargers will be installed in the QEO car park, behind the Capital Theatre, allowing four cars to charge at once.
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