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Western Australia Minister for Energy Peter Collier

Bright Sparks Save Energy And Money

Victor P Taffa

  • Minister announces winner of FEA Name the Chuditch competition
  • Holli Phillips of Alkimos Baptist College picks winning name – ‘Sparky’


The search for a name for the spearhead of the State’s biggest energy saving campaign is over with six-year-old Holli Phillips of Jindalee winning the Future Energy Alliance’s (FEA) Name the Chuditch campaign.

Energy Minister Peter Collier today announced that ‘Sparky’ the chuditch the name that Holli submitted because ‘bright sparks save energy’ will lead the FEA’s energy efficiency campaign when it is launched later this year.

Mr. Collier said ‘Sparky’ would be the centrepiece of the FEA’s campaign designed to educate electricity consumers about how to be energy efficient and how to save money.

“Electricity prices across Australia have been increasing for the majority of the past decade due to increases in fuel costs, networking costs, generation costs, increasing rates of consumption and other inputs into the supply of electricity to households and businesses.” Mr. Collier said.

“The best way to mitigate the impact of increasing costs on households is ultimately educating people about easy ways to reduce their energy use, which can result in decreasing electricity bills. Thanks to people like Holli who submitted their entry, ‘Sparky’ the chuditch is going to be leading the delivery of those messages.”

The Minister said children were terrific advocates for energy efficiency as they had positive attitudes towards reducing electricity use and enjoyed engaging with their families about ways to do so.

“‘Sparky’ will play a very important role in challenging children and adults alike to change their behaviour and be more energy efficient.” Mr. Collier said.

Holli won a 12-month family membership to Perth Zoo including an ‘Aussie behind-the-scenes’ experience to see Australian animals up close. Holli also gets to take her class from Alkimos Baptist College on a group visit to Perth Zoo and will see her name on a giant billboard and in newspaper ads. 

Fact File

  • The Name the Chuditch campaign was open to children under the age of 13
  • A total of 926 entries were received and 710 unique names were submitted with Sparky being the most popular with 30 entries
  • The FEA is a joint initiative between Horizon Power, Synergy and Western Power

Photograph Caption: Energy Minister Peter Collier, Holli Phillips of Alkimos Baptist College and ‘Sparky’ the chuditch


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