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Sustainable e-buses rescue small towns in Australian-first trial

Sustainable e-buses rescue small towns in Australian-first trial
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In a groundbreaking initiative, Gippsland Victoria has launched Australia’s inaugural community e-bus service, addressing the longstanding challenge faced by small towns with limited public transport options.

Revolutionising Rural Transport: Sandy Point and Venus Bay Lead the Way

Residents of Sandy Point and Venus Bay are spearheading the first-ever community-run e-bus trials in the country.

This innovative project, supported by the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre, the Victorian Government, and La Trobe University, aims to bridge the transport gap for small communities lacking adequate public services.

Closing the Transport Gap: A Local Solution to a National Issue

Facing the absence of state government transport and ride-sharing services, these communities have embraced a sustainable model.

The fully electric e-buses, named Sandy and Sunny, provide essential transportation with wheelchair accessibility.

Funded through the Victorian Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program, these vehicles are poised to revolutionise local transport.

Community-Led, Volunteer-Operated: A Model for Australia?

Operated by the Venus Bay Community Centre and Sandy Point Bus Management Committee, the service is staffed entirely by volunteers.

La Trobe University collaborates closely with these community teams, collecting crucial data for the iMOVE CRC project.

If successful, this pioneering trial could serve as a blueprint for other small towns across Australia, reducing carbon footprints and enhancing self-reliant, green transport solutions.

Towards a Cleaner, Connected Australia

Ian Christensen, Managing Director of iMOVE CRC, expressed optimism about the initiative, stating, “Every small regional town deserves access to modern, clean, and reliable transport.”

The Gippsland trial, he added, is a significant step towards bridging the rural-urban divide, offering a scalable blueprint for empowering small towns nationwide and creating a cleaner, more sustainable future for Australia.

Brini Wines