Mayor goes green with electric boat

22 June 2015

Mayor Tom Tate today begins a month-long trial of an electric boat as part of an ongoing push for a 'greener Gold Coast'.

'Our City Plan 2015 puts the preservation of green space at the forefront of future planning endeavours for our city,' he said.

'We also boast 2200 parks and more canals and waterways than Venice so it makes sense to continue to push our green credentials, locally and nationally'.

'I welcome the opportunity to trial this electric boat. When time allows, I will use it to commute from home to Council chambers as well as attend any appointments that allow me to commute via our magical broad water'.

'The added bonus is that the boat is supplied by a Gold Coast company so I can promote the innovation of our city while enjoying a traffic-free run to work.'

The Mayor will trial two designs, a 6m Snug Harbour model and a 7m Cuddy Cabin, both supplied by Duffy Down Under in Main Beach and Sanctuary Cove.

The vessels average six knots and can cover around 40 nautical miles without requiring a recharge from shore power.

Duffy managing director Gordon Kerr said the vessel could be recharged from mains power.

'We're delighted the Mayor is recognising the technology and encouraging others to make a positive impact on the environment.' he said.

Mayor Tate said the City was promoting other sustainability initiatives such as: renewable energy efforts such as a co-generation plant at Elanora Wastewater; landfill gas generators at several landfill sites; solar panels at Nerang Library and Southport Broadwater Parklands; a micro-hydro turbine generator downstream of Hinze Dam; and Council's hybrid vehicle fleet.