Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes is leading the charge to have the city become the NSW hub for the manufacture and maintenance of electric government buses.

The NSW government has resolved to convert the state’s 8000 buses to electric by 2030.

As part of the commitment, the government will buy 120 new electric buses this year.

Australian bus manufacturer, Bus Tech has been awarded the contract but is looking for a NSW manufacturing hub.

Councillors supported a mayoral minute at Tuesday night’s meeting to write to the company to discuss the manufacturing opportunities in Newcastle.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes