The City of Bayswater has continued its mission to promote active transport and reduce carbon emissions. As all local governments in Australia our Council was impacted by COVID-19. From the get-go the City's aim was to ensure that all staff could be retained (alongside giving a boost through local economic stimulus projects). To keep all staff retained, the City made sure to think out of the box and redeploy staff from our closed recreation centres to other areas. One of these re-assignments included delivering our quarterly magazine to all our residents by e-bike, something the City normally outsources to a courier. This not only assured redeployment of staff, but also reduced our emissions as a City through delivery by e-bike.
In our fight for Planet A the City also purchased its first fully Electric Vehicle. This vehicle is getting charged by a solar pv system and as such is helping to bring our emissions down as a City. Staff are encouraged to use either our E-bikes or our electric vehicle when attending external site visits, meetings and the like. After a series of induction sessions to make people confident to drive the EV our electric car is fully booked most days.
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