Our major partnerships
We're committed to partnering with our communities to make a real difference. Over the years we've supported hundreds of organisations and events.
Our major statewide partnerships are all about energising Queensland communities.
Read about the good work happening through our major community partnerships below. Or find out more about how we may be able to help you.
Royal Flying Doctor Service
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.
Rural Fire Service Queensland
The Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ), made up of 36,000 volunteers, is one of the state's key brigade services. Providing fire assistance to more than 90% of Queensland, the Service has a wide range of responsibilities – from firefighting, fire prevention and permits to light fires to community education and assistance during natural disasters.
With our support, the RFSQ has been able to develop and implement electricity network construction standards and the inspection and maintenance of electricity assets in high bushfire risk areas. These initiatives help to minimise the risk of fire on our network to ensure its 'fire-safe'.
Our partnership program aims to give selected RFSQ brigades across Queensland solar power equipment to assist with the operational capacity of brigades.
Our continued work with the RFSQ allows us to build on our shared visions of providing community safety and electricity reliability.
As the state's leading professional arts company, the Queensland Theatre strives to develop new artists, new stories, celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and foster education and youth participation through touring across Queensland.
Our association with Queensland Theatre supports the telling of powerful and unique Queensland stories that reflect and celebrate the diverse and inclusive community in which we operate.
This year we're Production Sponsor of Antigone, supporting Brisbane playwright Merlynn Tong’s modern adaptation of this timeless tragedy.
We're also supporting The Longest Minute, a story set in Townsville about a girl striving to belong in a male dominated sport and an iconic sporting moment (the North Queensland Cowboys 2015 Grand Final win). The Longest Minute will tour regional cities including Cairns, Gladstone and Toowoomba.
We are proud supporters of Queensland Ballet, the leading dance company in our state.
Building an internationally recognised dance company requires attracting and developing the next generation of talent.
We offer gifted young dancers the opportunity to join the Queensland Ballet Pre-Professional Program, which works to bridge the gap between their training and the profession.
Students are immersed into the life of a professional ballet company and have unrivalled opportunities to perform in world-class ballets and work with international artists and coaches.
We help to make this Program available to young, talented dancers, irrespective of their socio-economic background. By investing in these young artists, Queensland Ballet is able to secure the future of dance excellence in Australia.
Fraser Coast Technology Challenge
Our partnership with the Fraser Coast Technology Challenge is now in its 12th year. It’s 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.
This allows us to share experiences and collaborate with those leading, and working in, local councils. It helps us to be prepared to deal with challenges and lead our communities into the future.
It's about thinking forward together with thought provoking information, best-practice updates and innovative solutions.