Canning City Centre closer to being ‘future proofed’

Power cord charging the electric car. Picture: iStock
Power cord charging the electric car. Picture: iStock

THE City of Canning has taken a step towards transforming the city centre into an eco-friendly vehicle hub.

A report will be presented at a future council meeting investigating the viability of requiring developments within the city centre to provide power outlets to recharge electric vehicles.

Councillor Jesse Jacobs proposed the motion, which means City staff will report back to council providing advice on whether they should amend the Canning City Centre Activity Plan to include the requirement.

The city centre encompasses Westfield Carousel, the City Civic Centre, Cannington Train Station, Coker Park and the Canning Agricultural, Horticultural & Recreational Society.

Map of the are covered by the Canning City Centre Activity Plan.

The project’s ultimate goal is to connect the train station with the Canning River via Cecil Avenue by providing high-density residential accommodation and retail opportunities.

Currently, the plan requires developers within the city centre to provide at least one electric recharging point per five bike parking bays and encourages parking areas to provide access to power outlets for recharging electric vehicles.

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However, Cr Jacobs argued the plan should be amended to require the provision of electric recharging points for both bicycles and vehicles, thus ensuring the city centre will be “future proofed”.

He said over half of all new cars bought in the world will be purely electric by 2030 and it would be prudent of the city to require developments within the city centre to provide electric vehicle recharging points.

The motion was passed unanimously. Any required amendments to the city centre plan will likely be presented to council sometime within the 2019-20 financial year.