Snowy Mountains Scheme

 For visitors to Talbingo, why not visit the Snowy Mountains Scheme Visitor Display Centre, located at the Talbingo Shopping Centre? This display provides information on the Tumut 3 Power Station, as well as models of the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

Then take a drive to Tumut 3 Power Station, the largest by capacity. Interpretive signage, BBQ facilities and amenities are located across from the Tumut 3 Power Station. Follow the road up to the Talbingo Reservoir and see the amazing Talbingo Reservoir dam wall. This lake is also used by locals and visitors alike for recreational purposes.

Only a couple of minutes away from the centre of Talbingo you will find the Jounama release gates for Jounama Pondage, where water from the scheme is released into the Blowering Reservoir. An impressive location and well worth a look.

The Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme is an integrated water and hydro-electric power facility located in Australia’s Southern Alps. Recognised as a civil engineering wonder of the modern world, and the greatest engineering project undertaken in Australia, the Scheme is an Australian engineering and social achievement.

Construction of the Scheme began in 1949 and was completed in 1974. Seven major power stations (two underground), 16 major dams, 80 kilometres of aqueducts, 145 kilometres of tunnels and a large pumping station were completed and still today, under the ownership and management of Snowy Hydro Limited, provide essential services to the National Electricity Market and its customers.

The Company’s portfolio includes Snowy Mountains Scheme hydro generation assets, Victorian based gas-fired generation, NSW based gas-fired generation and the electricity retailers, Red Energy and Lumo.

In addition to electricity production, the other key objective in the design and construction of the Scheme was to mitigate the effects of drought on irrigated agriculture along the River Murray and the Murrumbidgee River. Water is diverted from the Scheme for farmers on the Murray and Murrumbidgee River systems under a stringent Water Licence issued by the Government.

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