Bernie O’Sullivan is encouraging the use of hybrid cars. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

The council is going green and has bought its first plug-in hybrid car to help further reduce greenhouse emissions from its vehicle fleet.
The City of Greater Bendigo already has six electric bikes and has recently installed two new public charge points for electric vehicles in the Bendigo CBD.
The charge points are in the Hargreaves Street multi-storey car park and the Edwards Street multi-storey car park.
There are nine public charge points around Bendigo.
The council now has 14 hybrid vehicles in its vehicle fleet.
Their bike fleet is also steadily becoming more popular, with the number and length of bookings increasing significantly from 2013 to 2017.
The average length of trips is now three to four kilometres and more than 6600kms have been travelled since 2013.
Council’s Bernie O’Sullivan said they wanted to support and encourage the use of hybrid vehicles, as well as bikes.
“More and more people are using plug-in and hybrid vehicles, and seeking more sustainable modes of transport,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“Placing these outlets around our high use car parks makes sense and we hope it will support plug-in hybrid vehicle users in our community.
“We need to do everything possible to meet our emissions target and lead the uptake of a range of sustainable transport methods.”
Publicly registered charge points are listed on the PlugShare site