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ACTEWAGL Sponsorships for 2010–11

By welkin31 - 20 January 2012 24

I just wondered what Rioters thought of this list of ACTEWAGL sponsorships from their 2010/11 Annual Report.

I was a bit surprised at some on the list and although I hunted – I can find no dollar amounts or even the total spend.

My own view is that ACTEW Corp Ltd or ACTEWAGL should not spend a cent on these “sponsorships” – it should be a function of the ACT Govt through a Govt Department – open and transparent.

ACTEWAGL Sponsorships for 2010–11

Academic: ACT Training Excellence Awards, Australian Science Festival, Graduate Chef Awards, Blue Earth

Arts: Australian National Eisteddfod, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra Symphony Orchestra Stromlo Series, Canberra Area Theatre Awards, Gorman House Arts Centre, Warehouse Circus

Business: ACT Electric Vehicle Council, ACT Work Cover Safety Awards, Australian Hotels Association, Canberra Chamber of Commerce, Canberra International Riesling Challenge, ClubsACT, Housing Industry Association, Master Builders Association, Master Plumbers Drainers and Gas Fitters Association, National Business Leaders Forum, Property Council, Real Estate Institute of the ACT (REIACT), Restaurant and Catering Awards

Charity: ACT/Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group, AFFIRM, Ben Donahoe Fun Run, CAMP Quality Canberra, Cancerians, Juvenile Diabetes, National Breast Cancer, Fundraiser, The Salvation Army, Special Children’s Christmas Party, The Heart Foundation

Community: ACT Women’s and Girl’s Fun Run/Walk, Australia Day in ACT, Belconnen Festival, Charnwood Community Festival, Chequered Ribbon Ball, Conservation Council Walk Against Warming, Floriade, FM 104.7 Sky Fire, FM104.7/Mix106.3 Community Switchboard, Live in Canberra, National Multicultural Festival , New Years in the City , Royal Canberra Show, Tuggeranong Festival, Christmas in the City

Sporting: ACT Bowls Association, ACT Brumbies, ACT Cricket, ACT Intellectually Disabled Basketball, ACT Racing Club, ACT Rugby League Referees Association, ACT Sport Hall of Fame, ActewAGL Royal Canberra Ladies Classic, AFL Canberra, Capital Football, Capital Football Women’s League, Canberra Cavalry, Canberra Raiders, Canberra TransACT Capitals, Hockey ACT

NSW  Business: Eurobodalla Employee of the Year Awards, Milton Ulladulla Times (Business of the year awards), South Coast Tourism Awards, Tuggeranong Football Club

NSW  Community: Narooma Oyster Festival , Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music, Young Show Society

NSW  Sporting: Bomaderry Tigers Football Club Nowra, Goulburn City Swans Football Club, Goulburn Racing Club, Queanbeyan District Cricket Club, Queanbeyan Racing Club, Queanbeyan Tigers Football Club, Queanbeyan Whites RUFC, Saints Netball Team Nowra, Stags Football Club, Goulburn, Yass Roos Football Club, Young Junior Rugby League Football Club

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24 Responses to
ACTEWAGL Sponsorships for 2010–11
miz 12:57 pm 21 Jan 12

I wish ACTEWAGL and ACTEW would distinguish themselves better in the public mind. I for one can’t tell the difference and never know which one to be outraged at – therefore I am usually outraged at both! I was of the understanding that whichever one is the ‘company’, the ACT Govt was the principal shareholder?

For the record though, I don’t want to see advertising about water/electricity or those glossy magazines that come with my bill, and certainly do not wish to be paying for any of the above through higher bills.

Chop71 10:01 pm 20 Jan 12

Look at it this way….

As a customer of ACTEW, you are sponsoring these organizations.

Personally, I’d rather a slightly cheaper bill than the warm fuzzy feeling

dungfungus 6:02 pm 20 Jan 12

NoImRight said :

dungfungus said :

pink little birdie said :

I’m confused why shouldn’t a private company with monopoly an essential service sponser things?
I don’t deally see anything to get annoyed with.
They cover most aspects of community interests and all areas where they have clients.

You certainly are confused, pink little birdie.
If Actew and their associate entities were a private company and the director/shareholders only had their money invested in that company, there would not be a problem. In fact, they would be hailed as philanthopists of the highest order.
The facts are however that not even a public company would wish to be seen so generous, as this would amount to wasting shareholders funds. Actew is not a private nor public company, it is a company owned by the ACT Government and it has no mandate to disperse ratepayers funds willy-nilly like a community club which a lot of people believe it has now become. The directors will claim they are “putting money back into the community” but this is not a core function of Actew. The last time Actew strayed from its core function it tried to compete with Telstra and Opus costing ACT ratepayers over $50 million. In a monopoly situation such as Actew operates in, you cannot have “clients” that can be massaged for extra business that doesn’t exist with a donation to their favourite cause. We are all “clients” of Actew but not many of us get any direct benefit from the largesse of Actew. With the sponsorships to professional sporting clubs there is usually provision of a corporate box to the donor. I would like to know who a the regular benefactors of this “fringe benefit” and how is it accounted for internally.

If you want to be condescending at least get some facts right. ACTEWAGL is not solely owned by the ACT government. It has nothing to do with “Ratepayers funds”.Lots of public companies provide big sponsorship dollars.Look at a football team from your favourite code sometime. Given the dollars arent listed youve no idea how “generous” they are being in any case.

Let’s look at the Raiders then – which public company giving them big sponsorship dollars this year? And I referred to Actew, not ActewAGL.

Duffbowl 4:15 pm 20 Jan 12

I can understand your frustration regarding the sponsorships. That does not mean I agree.

Have you contacted ActewAGL to ask for the figures?

smug 4:09 pm 20 Jan 12

So long as Actew (the govt owned co.) operates a zero sum game, ie that the govt isn’t continually pumping money into it, who really cares what they do with the surplus cash? I think it better that the funds are used in the local region rather than being soaked up by the partner companies, as this would force more money into the pocket of AGL. When you think about it, it is actually a better way of forcing a higher percentage of ActewAGL profit back into the community.

pink little birdie 3:55 pm 20 Jan 12

dungfungus said :

pink little birdie said :

I’m confused why shouldn’t a private company with monopoly an essential service sponser things?
I don’t deally see anything to get annoyed with.
They cover most aspects of community interests and all areas where they have clients.

You certainly are confused, pink little birdie.
If Actew and their associate entities were a private company and the director/shareholders only had their money invested in that company, there would not be a problem. In fact, they would be hailed as philanthopists of the highest order.
The facts are however that not even a public company would wish to be seen so generous, as this would amount to wasting shareholders funds. Actew is not a private nor public company, it is a company owned by the ACT Government and it has no mandate to disperse ratepayers funds willy-nilly like a community club which a lot of people believe it has now become. The directors will claim they are “putting money back into the community” but this is not a core function of Actew. The last time Actew strayed from its core function it tried to compete with Telstra and Opus costing ACT ratepayers over $50 million. In a monopoly situation such as Actew operates in, you cannot have “clients” that can be massaged for extra business that doesn’t exist with a donation to their favourite cause. We are all “clients” of Actew but not many of us get any direct benefit from the largesse of Actew. With the sponsorships to professional sporting clubs there is usually provision of a corporate box to the donor. I would like to know who a the regular benefactors of this “fringe benefit” and how is it accounted for internally.

look… I’m still ok with it

dungfungus 3:51 pm 20 Jan 12

I wonder what the ACT Glassworks electricity tariff is. Those kilns use more electricity than a aluminium smelter.

dungfungus 3:50 pm 20 Jan 12

DermottBanana said :

All corporations advertise. What’s the difference with ACTEW-AGL?

No need to advertise when a corporation is a monopoly, #6. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between an Actew/Actew/AGL ad and one for the ACT Labor Party. Hello?

NoImRight 3:45 pm 20 Jan 12

dungfungus said :

pink little birdie said :

I’m confused why shouldn’t a private company with monopoly an essential service sponser things?
I don’t deally see anything to get annoyed with.
They cover most aspects of community interests and all areas where they have clients.

You certainly are confused, pink little birdie.
If Actew and their associate entities were a private company and the director/shareholders only had their money invested in that company, there would not be a problem. In fact, they would be hailed as philanthopists of the highest order.
The facts are however that not even a public company would wish to be seen so generous, as this would amount to wasting shareholders funds. Actew is not a private nor public company, it is a company owned by the ACT Government and it has no mandate to disperse ratepayers funds willy-nilly like a community club which a lot of people believe it has now become. The directors will claim they are “putting money back into the community” but this is not a core function of Actew. The last time Actew strayed from its core function it tried to compete with Telstra and Opus costing ACT ratepayers over $50 million. In a monopoly situation such as Actew operates in, you cannot have “clients” that can be massaged for extra business that doesn’t exist with a donation to their favourite cause. We are all “clients” of Actew but not many of us get any direct benefit from the largesse of Actew. With the sponsorships to professional sporting clubs there is usually provision of a corporate box to the donor. I would like to know who a the regular benefactors of this “fringe benefit” and how is it accounted for internally.

If you want to be condescending at least get some facts right. ACTEWAGL is not solely owned by the ACT government. It has nothing to do with “Ratepayers funds”.Lots of public companies provide big sponsorship dollars.Look at a football team from your favourite code sometime. Given the dollars arent listed youve no idea how “generous” they are being in any case.

DermottBanana 3:09 pm 20 Jan 12

All corporations advertise. What’s the difference with ACTEW-AGL?

Keijidosha 3:04 pm 20 Jan 12

pink little birdie said :

I’m confused why shouldn’t a private company with monopoly an essential service sponser things?

Private company? At the name suggests, ActewAGL is a partnership of AGL and ACTEW Corp. The latter is owned by the ACT Government.

dungfungus 2:56 pm 20 Jan 12

pink little birdie said :

I’m confused why shouldn’t a private company with monopoly an essential service sponser things?
I don’t deally see anything to get annoyed with.
They cover most aspects of community interests and all areas where they have clients.

You certainly are confused, pink little birdie.
If Actew and their associate entities were a private company and the director/shareholders only had their money invested in that company, there would not be a problem. In fact, they would be hailed as philanthopists of the highest order.
The facts are however that not even a public company would wish to be seen so generous, as this would amount to wasting shareholders funds. Actew is not a private nor public company, it is a company owned by the ACT Government and it has no mandate to disperse ratepayers funds willy-nilly like a community club which a lot of people believe it has now become. The directors will claim they are “putting money back into the community” but this is not a core function of Actew. The last time Actew strayed from its core function it tried to compete with Telstra and Opus costing ACT ratepayers over $50 million. In a monopoly situation such as Actew operates in, you cannot have “clients” that can be massaged for extra business that doesn’t exist with a donation to their favourite cause. We are all “clients” of Actew but not many of us get any direct benefit from the largesse of Actew. With the sponsorships to professional sporting clubs there is usually provision of a corporate box to the donor. I would like to know who a the regular benefactors of this “fringe benefit” and how is it accounted for internally.

Kerryhemsley 2:51 pm 20 Jan 12

Seems to me they are supporting local bodies and events that need financial assistance to operate. What is the issue?

NoImRight 2:43 pm 20 Jan 12

Wait a second…”ACT Bowls Association”? WTF!?

pink little birdie 2:22 pm 20 Jan 12

I’m confused why shouldn’t a private company with monopoly an essential service sponser things?
I don’t deally see anything to get annoyed with.
They cover most aspects of community interests and all areas where they have clients.

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