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Noosa Electric Vehicle Expo & Street Fest

With everything from electric buses to race cars and e-scooters, the Noosa Electric Vehicle Expo and Street Fest is going to be an eye-watering feast of EV enthusiast machinery. Hosted on the glorious Queensland Sunshine Coast, the event will be on Sunday 19 June 2022 10am–2pm at Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Junction.

The first Noosa EV Expo was held in 2018 in the local Aussie Rules grounds. Organisers were expecting perhaps 500 people and instead nearly four times that number came along. Organising group Zero Emissions Noosa has a goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions in Noosa by 2026, and has shared that 33% of Noosa’s emissions came from transport. “Right from the start, we have focused on the whole gamut of transport options, rather than just cars,” said Expo Coordinator Vivien Griffin.

“This year will be our 4th event, and interest keeps growing each year. Noosa Council has been a strong supporter of the Expo since the beginning, and our 2022 event, which takes over a whole main street in Noosa Junction, could not have happened without their commitment. We have also had amazing support from the local business association, Noosa Junction Association, who get the vision as well.

“The theme for this year is ‘Living in the Decarb Decade’ and this year we are creating more of a festival feel, with buskers, a face painter, great food and a speakers’ forum. Local Noosa Land care group are sponsoring free trees for the first 250 families to come to the Expo on the Noosa Council funded free bus service.

“Instead of EVs being seen as something odd and future-focused, we want to celebrate the amazing options which are available right now, and the need to be the change that has to happen.”

Vivien put the signage on her Kona (pictured at the top) to encourage casual conversations about EVs and would love it if more EV owners did the same. “Teslas are recognizable, but other models just look like standard cars and it is important to normalise the uptake of EVs to the general public.”

From the website: On Sunday, 19 June 2022, there’ll be a renewable buzz about the streets of Noosa Junction. The FREE community event is an introduction to e-vehicles and how they can provide more sustainable travel choices for Noosa locals and visitors.

The expo will showcase exciting electric transport options now available, including electric cars, e-bikes, electric buses, and e-scooters. You will get the chance to speak with exhibitors, and get the first-hand experience of electric car owners. Trial rides on e-bikes and e-scooters will also be available.

We are delighted that Minister Mark Bailey has agreed to open the Expo. He has been a great supporter of the Expo since its inception in 2018 and we look forward to welcoming him once again. It is worth recognising that the Queensland Government has done much to support electric transport options, including the Electric Superhighway, NOT adopting an EV tax, developing a QFleet electric vehicle transition strategy, and developing clear rules around the use of e-scooters.

It’s great to see the number of EV expos increasing.

I will be attending the Expo with my beloved Tess and am one of the featured speakers.

 

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David Waterworth is a retired teacher who divides his time between looking after his grandchildren and trying to make sure they have a planet to live on. He is long on Tesla [NASDAQ:TSLA].

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