ENERGEX and Queensland Museum partnership rewarded

07 September 2011

Queensland Visy Arts Partnership Award acceptance

An innovative partnership between ENERGEX and Queensland Museum was honoured with an Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Award on 7 September. 

The organisations took out the Queensland Visy Arts Partnership Award, honouring business/arts partnerships contributing to environmental sustainability, for ENERGEX Playasaurus Place, an interactive children’s exhibition at Queensland Museum South Bank. 

ENERGEX and Queensland Museum will now represent Queensland at the National AbaF Awards dinner on Tuesday 11 October in Perth.

As well as providing an opportunity for close encounters with dinosaurs, ENERGEX Playasaurus Place tackles the important community issues of climate change and sustainability through tactile experiences, music, dance and learning through play. 

Dr Ian Galloway, Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Museum described the collaboration between ENERGEX and Queensland Museum as an ideal partnership.

“ENERGEX and Queensland Museum are two respected, Queensland-focussed organisations dedicated to excelling in our respective fields,” he said. 

“With ENERGEX Playasaurus Place we have combined our resources and expertise to educate Queenslanders about evolution, climate change and sustainability.”

Mr John Dempsey, Chairman of the ENERGEX Board of Directors agrees.

“ENERGEX are committed to continually improving our environmental performance.  We take a proactive approach in encouraging energy-efficient practices by suppliers, customers and the community,” he said. 

“Our partnership with Queensland Museum provides ENERGEX with a unique and innovative way to communicate the positive and proactive energy practices available to safeguard our environment for the enjoyment of future generations.”

In January 2011, flood waters caused extensive damage to ENERGEX Playasaurus Place.  Since that time, ENERGEX and Queensland Museum have collaborated to identify ways to re-imagine the exhibition. Renovations have commenced with the new, improved ENERGEX Playasaurus Place re-opening in time to celebrate Queensland Museum’s 150th birthday in 2012.

The AbaF awards are an initiative of the Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF)

AbaF works with business, donors, foundations, artists and arts organisations to build industry capacity, promote best practice, and advocate the business value and benefits of supporting arts in Australia.  The AbaF Awards are held annually to honour partnerships between businesses and arts/cultural organisations across a range of categories. 

Queensland Museum and ENERGEX were named 2011 state winners along with Q Music and Virgin Australia, State Library of Queensland and Nielson Properties, Department of Public Works and Robina Hospital, Musica Viva Australia and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and Goat Track Theatre Company and Scenic Rim Regional Council.