Our involvement with the community is reflected in our commitment to our partnership programs. Read about some of our major partnerships below.
Our partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) (Queensland Section) began in 2000 with the formation of a voluntary donation scheme for our electricity customers.
We offer our customers and employees the opportunity to donate a nominated amount ($2 or $5) monthly or quarterly to the RFDS (Queensland Section). All donations are wholly received by the RFDS (Queensland Section) and assist with the Aircraft Replacement Program and with updating essential medical equipment.
The RFDS (Queensland Section) flies over four million kilometers every year to help those in need. There are nine bases in Queensland which provide emergency and routine medical services to Queenslanders 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
To date, our customers and employees have donated more than $11 million to the RFDS (Queensland Section).
Queensland State Emergency Service
Ergon Energy, Energex and Powerlink are joint sponsors of the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) Equipment Program.
The SES consists of unpaid volunteers who are trained and equipped to help their communities during times of emergency and disaster. Our sponsorship is about assisting our local SES groups with obtaining new equipment to be used by their volunteers, both replacing old equipment and addressing their needs as technology advances.
With personnel from the electricity industry often working side-by-side with SES volunteers, together we’re keeping our customers safe and finding smarter ways of doing things for our communities.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is Australia's longest running floral event, having started back in 1950. It is more than just a floral celebration; it offers a wide variety of experiences rich in colour and floral fanfare.
The Carnival captures the tastes and scents of spring bringing together horticulture, entertainment, and gourmet foods and local wines. Over the years, the Carnival has evolved to become a quality event of local, national and international reputation. The Carnival also hosts Australia's largest independent floral design competition.
Our involvement with the Carnival is the Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival. Like the Carnival as a whole, the festival is a true community event which brings together businesses, industries, residents, community groups, volunteers and visitors.
Queensland Museum Network
In May 2012, we joined the Queensland Museum Network, as part of a partnership with Energex and Powerlink, to increase community understanding about the sustainable use of finite resources. This is also about encouraging students to study science and pursue careers in the energy industry.
At the heart of the partnership is the Energy for Life Discovery Centre – an interactive science exhibition at Cobb&Co Museum, Toowoomba. Some of the themes explored in the new centre include: What is energy? Where does it come from? How does it behave? How does it affect us? How does our body use and store energy? and How can we use energy more sustainably?
The centre explores these significant issues in a way that is fun and challenging and makes you think about how you use energy in your own life.
Our partnership with the Maryborough Technology Challenge is now in its 11th year. Its recognised as Queensland's premier innovation and technology event for youth.
Held on the last weekend of Term 3, this weekend of youth innovation hosts entries from schools from Townsville to Brisbane. The seven categories of activities focus on alternative energies. Within the challenge there are five Queensland championships hosted in Human Powered Vehicles, Solar Model Cars and Solar Model Boats, Smilie Pushcars, and CO2 Dragsters events.
We have a strong relationship with local government and are active in sponsoring events held by both the Local Government Association of Queensland and Local Government Management Association.
This allows us to share experiences and collaborate with those leading, and working in, local councils so that we are best prepared to deal with the challenges and lead our communities into the future. It is about thinking forward together with thought provoking information, best-practice updates and innovative solutions.
QUT Business Leaders' Forum
The QUT Business Leaders' Forum is recognised as the pre-eminent business leadership event in Brisbane.
Over more than a decade, the Forum has developed a national and international reputation for attracting dynamic, world-class leaders in dialogue on today's leadership challenges. The Forum informs, challenges and inspires its audiences on the topics of leadership, excellence in business, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and related public policy.
The Forum gives key members of Queensland's business and political communities the opportunity to hear prominent speakers explore trends, issues and ideas that are shaping the economy and politics of the nation while also allowing for high-level networking opportunities.
The Forum features a presentation from a speaker followed by an informal interview and questions from the audience. Past events have been moderated by one of Australia's most respected journalists, Kerry O'Brien from ABC Television's 7.30 Report.