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ACT to pilot public hydrogen vehicle fuel station

Canberra will be the first Australian city to pilot a publicly available hydrogen vehicle refuelling station.

The clean-energy facility will be built in Mildura Street, Fyshwick, by ActewAGL with the support of renewable energy generator, Neoen.

During the announcement of the hydrogen project earlier this month, the ACT Government said it will add 20 new Hyundai hydrogen vehicles, also funded by Neoen, to its fleet.

Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said the ACT is on track to deliver 100% renewable electricity by 2020, and to achieve zero net emissions by 2045.

“However, tackling climate change means tackling transport pollution, and zero-emission vehicle technology is a key part of this.

“By 2020 the ACT will be powered by 100% renewable electricity, meaning our biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions – at over 60% – will come from transport.”

ActewAGL CEO John Knox said he was delighted that ActewAGL had been chosen by Neoen to build and operate this landmark project just a few minutes from Canberra’s CBD.

“This is an incredible opportunity to continue our exploration of the role hydrogen can play as an energy source of the future,” Mr Knox said.

The station is due to be completed in December 2019.

‘Experiment’ in Haig Park

A six-month project will test potential improvements, activities and events at Haig Park in a bid to encourage the Canberra community to enjoy the under-utilised inner-city location.

The City Renewal Authority (CRA) has appointed a University of Canberra led consortium, which includes Tait Network, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre, and Dionysus, to implement a range of events, activities and light-touch park improvements that could be made permanent if successful.

CRA CEO Malcolm Snow said the $945,000 Haig Park Experiments project was consistent with the Haig Park Place Plan, which was developed in consultation with the community.

The Haig Park Experiments will take place in three stages across a six-month period starting mid-2019.

Phase 1 will invite people back into the park by refreshing key areas of the its infrastructure, supported by playful small-scale public activities; Phase 2 will encourage new types of participation through larger-scale infrastructure – like a temporary pavilion – nature play, running tracks, and events that rediscover the seasonal beauty of winter; and Phase 3 will continue the testing of Phase 1 and 2 interventions and build on this groundwork to deliver larger events that test the potential of the park in warmer weather.

For more information, visit cityrenewalcbr.com.au

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