ActewAGL Celebrates 100 Years of Local EnergyShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
Its ActewAGL’s 100th anniversary of switching on the power to the village that became our city and to survive and prosper without being subsumed into another similar entity during those 100 years is to be celebrated. The organisation is at the heart of the community not just with electricity, originally turned on at the Kingston Power Station that is now home the Canberra Glassworks, but with gas and water and forward planning for a range of technological developments that will come online as soon as practicable. And of course with community activities across a wide spectrum of charities and sport.
The celebration for the salubrious occasion was held at what we now call the Fitters Workshop with massed gas heaters and extensive ever changing lighting filling the space with colour and warmth. A timeline for the company’s changing and evolving role in our community was included in the wall décor and this old girl, the second major building in the territory, showed what a star she can be.
Delving back into the history of the original power station and the ‘fitters and turners’ building beside it, was Alan Kelly who remembered well the cold old days when standing next to the now sparkling blue glass smoke stack was a source of warmth between school at Telopea Park and home at the Causeway. Alan and his wife Sylvia are Canberra treasures with stories to record and memories to share of those early days. And as history would have it they now live in a ‘Mr Fluffy’ house, and have no intention of moving. In fact wearing his newest tie for this celebration, he admitted it was one of only three in his lifetime, and this is the one he bought for the Mr Fluffy inquiry.
In the so very capable hands of Paul Walshe, “Mr. Marketing” at ActewAGL, and his team, this was an event to mark a moment in history and to acknowledge that, a glass paperweight commissioned for the occasion and made at the glassworks was a perfect piece of memorabilia. Memorable too the speeches by Chief Minister Andrew Barr and ActewAGL CEO Michael Costello for their brevity and sincerity, giving pause to ponder what the dickens the next 100 years will bring to our utilities.
A plug- in for the Tesla in the garage, a roof of solar tiles, a wall paint to insulate us from the vicissitudes of Canberra’s weather and solar powered robots ready and waiting in their cubby for our every need, are on my list.