Draft Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations on Public Land Policy

Shoalhaven City Council (Council) is seeking comment on the draft Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations on Public Land Policy (the draft Policy).

The draft Policy contains guiding principles and minimum standards relating to the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on public land controlled by Council, including:

  • Fair and equitable selection of providers;
  • Site selection criteria;
  • Design considerations; and
  • General leasing arrangements.

The draft Policy is not intended to be an exhaustive development control document. It does not preclude the development assessment process, where required, for prospective proposals. The draft Policy is not intended to identify specific lease terms and conditions.

Council support’s the increased uptake of EVs and related infrastructure in the region and in no way preferences the provision of EV charging stations on public land over on private land.


Background and Context

Electric vehicles are expected to become more established in the Australian market in the coming decades, with EVs predicted to be similar to conventional combustion engine vehicles in terms of upfront costs, as early as 2024. Research shows that the main barriers currently stalling greater uptake of EVs in Australia are the high cost of the vehicles, inadequate incentives, inadequate policy support and the lack of public charging infrastructure away from home (this leads to ‘range anxiety’). A suitable network of EV charging infrastructure will be required across Australia to support the use of EVs now and in the future.
As well as supporting the uptake of EVs by local residents, appropriately sited, installed and managed EV charging stations have the potential to encourage more visitors and further boost regional tourism in the Shoalhaven.


This policy has been drafted in response to the above, and:

  • Approaches to Council from industry bodies with proposals to install EV Charging Stations on Public land.
  • Shoalhaven City Council Mayoral in-principle support for the proposed “South East Electric Highway”.
  • A Commonwealth Parliamentary Enquiry into the uptake of EVs in Australia.
  • Amended NSW State Government legislation (State Environmental Planning Policy-Infrastructure-2007) that clarifies the permissibility of EV Charging Stations in certain locations (including on some public land).


Exhibition and Feedback

The draft Policy will be on exhibition from Wednesday 12 December 2018 to Friday 01 February 2019, inclusive. An extended exhibition period has been nominated to provide adequate time for community feedback over the holiday period.

Please view the Draft Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations on Public Land Policy and provide your feedback via the Feedback Form below.

Alternatively, submissions quoting Council reference 57740E can be made in writing and sent via:

The draft Policy and can be viewed at the following Council offices:

  • City Administration Centre, Bridge Road, Nowra.
  • Council’s Ulladulla Administrative Office, Deering Street, Ulladulla.

Submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday 01 February 2019.


Further Information

For further information, contact Thomas Trezise of Council’s Planning Environment and Development Group on (02) 4429 3477. Please quote Council’s reference 57740E in any correspondence.


Shoalhaven City Council (Council) is seeking comment on the draft Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations on Public Land Policy (the draft Policy).

The draft Policy contains guiding principles and minimum standards relating to the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on public land controlled by Council, including:

  • Fair and equitable selection of providers;
  • Site selection criteria;
  • Design considerations; and
  • General leasing arrangements.

The draft Policy is not intended to be an exhaustive development control document. It does not preclude the development assessment process, where required, for prospective proposals. The draft Policy is not intended to identify specific lease terms and conditions.

Council support’s the increased uptake of EVs and related infrastructure in the region and in no way preferences the provision of EV charging stations on public land over on private land.


Background and Context

Electric vehicles are expected to become more established in the Australian market in the coming decades, with EVs predicted to be similar to conventional combustion engine vehicles in terms of upfront costs, as early as 2024. Research shows that the main barriers currently stalling greater uptake of EVs in Australia are the high cost of the vehicles, inadequate incentives, inadequate policy support and the lack of public charging infrastructure away from home (this leads to ‘range anxiety’). A suitable network of EV charging infrastructure will be required across Australia to support the use of EVs now and in the future.
As well as supporting the uptake of EVs by local residents, appropriately sited, installed and managed EV charging stations have the potential to encourage more visitors and further boost regional tourism in the Shoalhaven.


This policy has been drafted in response to the above, and:

  • Approaches to Council from industry bodies with proposals to install EV Charging Stations on Public land.
  • Shoalhaven City Council Mayoral in-principle support for the proposed “South East Electric Highway”.
  • A Commonwealth Parliamentary Enquiry into the uptake of EVs in Australia.
  • Amended NSW State Government legislation (State Environmental Planning Policy-Infrastructure-2007) that clarifies the permissibility of EV Charging Stations in certain locations (including on some public land).


Exhibition and Feedback

The draft Policy will be on exhibition from Wednesday 12 December 2018 to Friday 01 February 2019, inclusive. An extended exhibition period has been nominated to provide adequate time for community feedback over the holiday period.

Please view the Draft Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations on Public Land Policy and provide your feedback via the Feedback Form below.

Alternatively, submissions quoting Council reference 57740E can be made in writing and sent via:

The draft Policy and can be viewed at the following Council offices:

  • City Administration Centre, Bridge Road, Nowra.
  • Council’s Ulladulla Administrative Office, Deering Street, Ulladulla.

Submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday 01 February 2019.


Further Information

For further information, contact Thomas Trezise of Council’s Planning Environment and Development Group on (02) 4429 3477. Please quote Council’s reference 57740E in any correspondence.


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