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Plans for e-scooters in Yeppoon cruise ahead

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The Capricorn Coast will be the latest place to welcome e-scooters after Livingstone Shire Council resolved to call for expressions of interest for a 12 month trial in Yeppoon.

Community consultation was undertaken in December and 69 per cent of respondents being in favour of the introduction of e-scooters.

Councillor Pat Eastwood says that recreational use was the main reason survey respondents’ said they would jump on an e-scooter.

“The results also highlighted that community members agree that e-scooters would provide social benefits and increase tourist spend throughout the town centre, foreshore areas and beyond,” Cr Eastwood says.

“E-scooters will be a fantastic addition to the Capricorn Coast and will support council’s community plan goal of marketing Livingstone as a destination for commerce, tourism and lifestyle.

“In addition to improving accessibility for residents and visitors to explore the Capricorn Coast, e-scooters promote an active outdoor lifestyle and are environmentally friendly.

“Initially the scooters will be set up for a 12 month trial which will allow council and the successful operator to assess the viability of e-scooters staying in Yeppoon.

“The operation and management of the e-scooters will be fully overseen by the successful operator and will include a geo-fenced ride zone determined by council in collaboration with the successful operator, featuring go-slow, no go and no parking zones."

Permit applications are now open to operators.

Following the assessment process, it’s hoped the successful operator will have e-Scooters up and running in Yeppoon by the end of 2022.

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