The Upper Murray
“The Man From Snowy River” country
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The Snowy

Mountains Hydro

Electric Scheme

AUSTRALIA’S GREATEST

ENGINEERING PROJECT OF THE 20th

CENTURY

The construction of the Snowy

Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme was

the result of visionaries who were able

to take a dream and turn it into reality.

The thought of being able to manage

large volumes of water from the Snowy

Mountains to create a renewable, clean

hydro electric energy and to provide

irrigation water to the drought

susceptible plains west of the Great

Dividing Range could not have been

made a reality without clever and

innovative thinkers and a solid workforce,

all striving for a common goal.

The construction phase of the Snowy

Mountains Scheme took twenty five

years (1949-1974). Over 100,000

people, from over 30 countries of the

world, worked on the project during

this time.

As a result of this effort, an impressive list

of infrastructure was created including 7

major power stations (including 2

underground), 16 dams, 80 kilometres

of aqueducts, 145 kilometres of

tunnels and a large pumping station.

Greater public access to the Snowy

Mountains is the direct result of road

development undertaken during the

Scheme's construction phase.

Most of the work on the Upper Murray side of the Snowy Mountains occurred in the 1960s. The town of Khancoban was created to provide accommodation for the workers that built the two power stations, Murray 1 and Murray 2 and several reservoirs. A temporary township at Geehi, including an airstrip, was also created. A lot of heavy equipment and materials used in the construction of this infrastructure were brought to the construction sites by train to Cudgewa and then transported by trucks into the mountains. Some of this infrastructure included the Geehi Dam was created to manage water flow into the Murray 1 power station while the Murray 2 pondage was created to manage water flow into the Murray 2 power station. The Khancoban Pondage was created to control water released from the two power stations into the Swampy Plains River and the Murray River. The Tooma and Tumut Reservoirs or Pondages were built to control water destined for the northern power stations along the Tumut River and eventually out into the Murrumbidgee basin.

To learn more be sure to visit the Snowy

Hydro Visitor Centre beside the Murray

1 power station, 10 km from Khancoban

along the Alpine Way. This power station

is the second largest in the Scheme and

it has ten turbines, each capable of

producing enough electricity to supply

95,000 homes.

The Visitor Centre is open seven days a

week except Christmas Day, ANZAC Day

and winter weekends. Coach and school

groups are welcome. Picnic & toilet

facilities available. Fishing with a NSW

inland fishing license in Murray 2 is

permissible.