August 17, 2023

People from EnergyAustralia Yallourn were behind the wheel this week as the annual Victorian Variety Bash took off from Albert Park in Melbourne, bound for the Gold Coast. During the 10-day event, the Bash will stop at towns in Victoria and New South Wales, spreading joy and raising funds for kids in need.

Joining the Bash, where cars must be at least 30 years old and decked out in a unique theme, are three EnergyAustralia Yallourn-based cars.

Gayle McAllister, Operations Leader at Yallourn power station, is captain of Car 25, a 1991 Volkswagen Caravelle dubbed Shrek and Co.  In the car are Gayle dressed as Princess Fiona, Pam Kemp as Shrek, Annette Wheatland as Lord Farquaad, Sue Warren as Bar Maid Doris, Sue Twinn as Puss in Boots, and Mark Medew as Prince Charming.  

Gayle said, “It’s my 15th consecutive year taking part in the Bash.  We’ve raised $10,000 this year, bringing our total over the 15 years to more than $120,000. 

“As well as supporting Variety, which provides life changing equipment and programs to kids facing disadvantage, disability and illness, the Bash is a great experience for participants.  I love visiting regional Australia, dressing up and having fun with my Yallourn colleagues.”  

David Bloomfield, Operations Team Leader at Yallourn power station, heads up the two-car Panther Team, consisting of Car 242, a 1980s-era Mercedes Benz 380 SEL, and its near-identical counterpart, Car 243. 

The Panther Team includes several past and present Yallourn employees, including Anton DeVent, Paul Koopmans, Otto Stumpf, Steve Foster, Ray York, Duane Clarke and David Tisdale. 

The group have been participants in the Variety Bash since 2013, raising an impressive $200,000, including $18,000 for this year's event.