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Sustainability Performance Report 2012 43
Community contribution
Community sponsorships
AGL sponsors key events in local communities to build
stronger relationships with the communities in which
AGL operates.
Kiewa area sponsorships
AGL has significant operations in the Victorian Alpine region with
four hydro electric power stations as part of the Kiewa scheme,
including the Bogong Power Station. AGL is also a large employer in
the region with almost 70 employees (by headcount) based at AGL’s
Mt Beauty office.
During FY2012, AGL sponsored the Kangaroo Hoppet in the Bogong
High Plains of Victoria’s Alpine National Park. The Kangaroo Hoppet is
Australia’s premier long distance cross country ski race.
AGL Action Rescue Helicopter
Since FY2009, AGL has been the naming right sponsor of the
Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service (the Service) to help
ongoing vital rescue, medical and search missions throughout
south‑east and central Queensland. AGL provides the Service with
regular funding for ongoing operations, and enables Queensland-
based customers to donate to the Service through their AGL
accounts. This donation facility was set up by AGL in 2007 prior to
the official sponsorship. AGL currently has 15,740 active customers
making contributions via their electricity bills to the AGL Action
Rescue Helicopter.
During FY2012, AGL customers in Queensland contributed
over $266,700.
Over the lifetime of the relationship between AGL and the
Helicopter Service, AGL customers have contributed more than
$1.3 million.
Payments are made directly to the Sunshine Coast
Helicopter Rescue Service.
Other sponsorships
In FY2010, AGL entered into a four-year sponsorship of the Giant
Panda exhibit at Adelaide Zoo in South Australia. In FY2010, AGL
donated and installed a solar PV system for the Giant Panda exhibit.
The system generates 50% of the energy required for the exhibit
and reduces carbon emissions by 14.4 tonnes of CO
2
e annually.
AGL also provided an LCD information and educational screen in
the exhibit detailing how solar power works.
In conjunction with the Heritage Council of Victoria, the Melbourne
Restoration Fund and public donations, AGL assisted in the
restoration of the iconic ‘Skipping Girl’ neon display in Melbourne
in late FY2009 and AGL supplied 100% GreenPower Accredited
Renewable Energy to power the sign, and annual maintenance
funding, as part of a five-year sponsorship.
In February 2012, AGL donated and installed a solar power system
to the iconic Skipping Girl sign so she can keep skipping for many
years to come.