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Three years of Lauren Jackson to 2016

By johnboy - 12 October 2011 28

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As I write the great and the good are still in the foyer of the ActewAGL building telling each other how great it is that basketballer Lauren Jackson has been lured back to Canberra for the 2012/13, 14/15, and 15/16 seasons. (thus skipping 2013/14)

With ActewAGL CEO Michael Costello saying he was “only too pleased to galvanise the corporate support” one has to wonder just what the community is paying for this privilege.

actewagl foyer

UPDATE: She’s had this to say on Twitter:

lauren jackson tweet

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Three years of Lauren Jackson to 2016
Thoroughly Smashed 12:07 pm 13 Oct 11

dungfungus said :

If they are throwing the level of money reported at Jackson, imagine how much ActewAGL will be throwing at marquis players for the Canberra A League (soccer) team that is being promoted by executive enthusiasts from that same institution.
This has got to stop.

Just be thankful they aren’t recruiting archdukes.

dungfungus 10:02 am 13 Oct 11

caf said :

It’s not ACTEW (the public corporation) spending this money and putting up your power bill, it’s ActewAGL (the joint venture half-owned by AGL Corporation). ActewAGL is a commercial organisation run entirely along commercial lines. If they didn’t think it was profitable to engage in this kind of marketing, they wouldn’t do it.

At any rate, we have retail competition in the ACT so if you want to change suppliers, you can.

This is the same outfit that has blown about $80 million dollars investing in TransACT. That was a real commercial profit earner for them too, eh?
Name me two people you know in Canberra that have been “guests” at the corporate boxes supplied to ActewAGL as part of their “sponsorship investments”
The point is, all this largesse is to the benefit a few egos and it is all underwritten by the ACT ratepayers in the end.
If they are throwing the level of money reported at Jackson, imagine how much ActewAGL will be throwing at marquis players for the Canberra A League (soccer) team that is being promoted by executive enthusiasts from that same institution.
This has got to stop.

Waiting For Godot 9:07 am 13 Oct 11

Did you see Barr on WIN News saying that the ACT government kicking in $50,000.00 to help sign Jackson was “a great investment”.

Will Jackson playing for the Capitals help pay my carbon tax bill? Will it get my kids a job? Will it improve roads and infastructure?

Bread and circuses . . .

Kerryhemsley 5:55 pm 12 Oct 11

Yeah that’s terrible a local company helping to attract one of the best players in the world to the local team.

On the other hand why doesn’t the local governement shell out a lot of money to a western Sydney AFL team. Now that makes sense.

I-filed 5:13 pm 12 Oct 11

diced_mango said :

Both of you get over it. If it wasn’t for ActewAGL we’d practically have no major sports or arts here. It gives Canberrans something to be proud of and something to aspire to.

I’d rather pay less for electricity and water and not have them sponsor the yarts, thanks!

thehutch 4:47 pm 12 Oct 11

Chop71 said :

I just love how ACTEW spend my power bills on warm fuzzy community projects and advertising. Most expensive in the country but gee we feel good about it.

Please provide evidence that we have the most expensive power in the country? Do some research and you’ll quickly discover that ACT Electricity prices aint bad.
Here’s a quick summary:
ActewAGL – 16.665cent pkWh in ACT
Country Energy (Origin) 24.33cents pkWh – NSW (across border)
Origin VIC – 19.83
TRUenergy 16.72 p kWh in ACT
TRUenergy 20.09 p kWh in VIC
TRUenergy 22.94 p kWh in NSW – Sydney

Obviously the above can change dependent on usage / supply charges etc and does not include any discounts. But VIC and NSW are much more expensive than little old ACT on face value.

If you don’t like the way ActewAGL conducts its business (like sponsoring things), have you considered taking your business elsewhere? There is no competition for water or distribution (and very little in electricity), but no one forces you to get billed for electricity and gas through ActewAGL.

caf 4:32 pm 12 Oct 11

It’s not ACTEW (the public corporation) spending this money and putting up your power bill, it’s ActewAGL (the joint venture half-owned by AGL Corporation). ActewAGL is a commercial organisation run entirely along commercial lines. If they didn’t think it was profitable to engage in this kind of marketing, they wouldn’t do it.

At any rate, we have retail competition in the ACT so if you want to change suppliers, you can.

Erg0 3:58 pm 12 Oct 11

One could suggest that those who buy an apartment solely on the recommendation of a well-compensated sportsperson are getting pretty much what they deserve.

I-filed 3:17 pm 12 Oct 11

Lauren Jackson lost my respect when she started flogging those horrible flats in Woden. Like she would even spend a night there herself! I wonder how many poor first-home buyers are living under low ceilings or looking out over boring Woden from their tiny balconies and wishing they hadn’t been sucked in by Lauren Jackson.

Chop71 1:57 pm 12 Oct 11

Love the pics = “Thrilled to be here”

Chop71 1:47 pm 12 Oct 11

diced_mango said :

Both of you get over it. If it wasn’t for ActewAGL we’d practically have no major sports or arts here. It gives Canberrans something to be proud of and something to aspire to.

I am an absolute sports nut, but I don’t run around thanking ACTEW for any of it.

Now if one day Actew wants to build a new Canberra Stadium (with a roof) then yes, god bless their cotton socks. Till then, stop putting up my Electricity, Gas and Water bills.

johnboy 1:22 pm 12 Oct 11

diced_mango said :

Both of you get over it. If it wasn’t for ActewAGL we’d practically have no major sports or arts here. It gives Canberrans something to be proud of and something to aspire to.

Yeah, we’d just waste that money if they let us keep it.

diced_mango 1:21 pm 12 Oct 11

Both of you get over it. If it wasn’t for ActewAGL we’d practically have no major sports or arts here. It gives Canberrans something to be proud of and something to aspire to.

miz 12:44 pm 12 Oct 11

It sh!ts me how ACTEW spend so much of OUR MONEY on what is NOT their core business. If they have that much excess funds, it should result in cheaper supply costs.

Chop71 11:42 am 12 Oct 11

I just love how ACTEW spend my power bills on warm fuzzy community projects and advertising. Most expensive in the country but gee we feel good about it.

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