16 February 2012
Little Audrey, Melbourne's oldest little girl, was honoured
today with a fitting tribute in celebration of 75 years of
skipping on the Melbourne skyline.
To commemorate the milestone, AGL Energy Limited (AGL) has
bestowed an enduring birthday gift to the long adored
Melbourne icon, announcing the installation of 27 solar
panels to sustainably power Little Audrey long into her
Mark Brownfield, General Manager Marketing and Retail Sales
at AGL said AGL's gift was a wonderful tribute to a
cherished figure in Melbourne's cultural history.
"As you can imagine skipping all night takes a lot of
energy, so AGL thought it appropriate to present Little
Audrey with the ultimate gift and give her added endurance
through AGL solar power," said Mr Brownfield.
Since responding to public appeal in 2009, AGL took Little
Audrey under its wing and fully restored the sign to its
current glory, repairing the structure and neon tubing. AGL
have been powering her through carbon-neutral, renewable
energy ever since.
"Our plan has always been to transition Little Audrey to
solar power and from today Melburnians will witness her
skipping on sunshine.
"AGL actively supports the communities in which it operates
and we are passionate about this local project, which
demonstrates an innovative application of a renewable
energy sources," said Mr Brownfield.
AGL's birthday gift announcement was made at a high-energy
event which featured over 50 little Melbournians from Heart
Foundations, Jump Rope for Heart Demonstration Teams and
local Melbourne schools Hesket Primary School, Bacchus
Marsh Grammar and Birmingham Primary School, who jumped for
joy alongside Little Audrey in celebration of one of
Melbourne's most significant landmarks.
"Little Audrey has brought great delight to generations of
Victorians and AGL is proud to not only play a part in
ensuring future generations are able to appreciate this
icon, but also witness and enjoy efficient energy usage at
its best," said Mr Brownfield.
The celebrations will continue tonight as AGL hosts a solar
party for Little Audrey at a spectacular venue overlooking
the iconic sign.
Constructed in the mid 1930's, Skipping Girl was
Australia's first animated neon sign. Mystery still
surrounds the identity of the real Little Audrey. Some say
the model for the Skipping Girl logo was the local milk bar
owner's daughter. Others claim that she was modelled on a
girl who later went on to become a nun in a convent near
Frankston. Whoever she was, she's been preserved in this
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