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Thank you for your feedback

December 8th, 2014

Snowy Hydro would like to thank the communities of the Snowy Mountains for participating in our 5th biennial Community Feedback project. With the aim of continuing to improve our company communications and to strengthen our partnerships with our local communities, it is essential that we get honest and direct feedback from across the community. We wanted to know what you think regarding our community communications, our community partnership program, our relationships across the local region and your understanding of our business; how it operates and what it needs to prosper in a very competitive industry. Independent specialists undertook this process

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Spiritual connection to 2014 Flushing Flows

December 6th, 2014

This year’s Snowy River Flushing Flows had special significance with the NSW Office of Water initiating the Snowy cultural water project. As it has in Spring of previous years, a schedule of five flushing flow releases from Jindabyne Dam down the Snowy River was set by the NSW Office of Water. For the first time, each event was named in recognition of the Aboriginal people of the Snowy Mountains. On October 14, when the largest of the flushing flows occurred, a ceremony was held in Jindabyne to highlight the significant spiritual and social connection of local Aboriginal communities to the

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Over 2,700 motorcyclists attend Snowy Ride 2014

November 28th, 2014

When the Snowy Mountains welcomes thousands of motorcyclists in November each year for the Snowy Ride, it can be easy to forget what the event is all about – raising money for children’s cancer research.  There is another aspect of Snowy Ride that goes on behind the scenes and behind the 2700+ riders who made the annual pilgrimage to the mountains this year – that is the Snowy Hydro Family Weekend Program. The Snowy Hydro Family Program brings families with a child who is suffering from cancer to the Snowy Mountains for the Snowy Ride weekend. This gives families who

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Celebrating 65 years of the Snowy Scheme

November 24th, 2014

Snowy Hydro recently celebrated 65 years since the start of construction of the Snowy Mountains Scheme.    Over four days in October, former workers and family gathered for various activities to celebrate the occasion. People originally came from all over the world to construct power stations, dams, pipelines, tunnels and aqueducts that are all still in use today. Over the weekend, bus tours visited key areas around the mountains including Guthega, Cabramurra, Khancoban, Talbingo and Happy Jacks, where former workers got to revisit the sites and also get an update on the Scheme modernisation activities happening across the assets. Audiences

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Goodbye winter – Hello summer: the forecast ahead…

November 23rd, 2014

Winter has come to a close for another year in the Snowy Mountains. The snow season this past winter was slow to start but a series of cold fronts towards the end of June quickly delivered over a metre of snow to the mountains. The maximum snow depth recorded at Snowy Hydro’s Spencers Creek snow course (1830m elevation) was 168.5 cm on July 24. This was lower than the maximum last year when a top of 185.9 cm was recorded on August 26. Both years were below the long-term (1954-2013) average maximum snow depth of 202.5 cm. Even though maximum

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Lumo Energy acquisition helps Snowy Hydro reach major milestone

November 21st, 2014

In September, Snowy Hydro achieved a major milestone in our proud and successful history, becoming the fourth pillar in the National Electricity Market with the goal of securing our long term future. In a deal worth $605 million, Snowy Hydro has acquired Infratil’s Australian Energy Market Assets. This purchase includes energy retailer Lumo Energy, utility connection service company Direct Connect and 163MW of peaking generation assets in South Australia and NSW. Lumo, like our existing Red Energy business, is a very successful energy retailer with an enviable record in product development and customer service. They have achieved strong growth over

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New lease of life for Khancoban Boat Ramp

October 29th, 2014

Snowy Hydro and the Tumbarumba Shire Council have been working together to give a new lease of life to the area around the Khancoban Boat Ramp. A proposal that aims to increase the number of visitors and improve visitor experience around Khancoban moved one step closer recently when Snowy Hydro and Tumbarumba Shire Council signed off on a lease for the Khancoban boat ramp, picnic area and surrounds. Snowy Hydro was approached by Tumbarumba Shire Council seeking support for a proposal that would see free camping provided on Council owned land adjacent to the boat ramp.  A few concerns about

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The facts around the Jindabyne Shared Trail

October 20th, 2014

Many in the Community would be aware that the Jindabyne Shared Trail near the Snowy River Shire Council (SRSC) water treatment plant has been closed for some time after the discovery of dumped fibro asbestos fragments last year. Immediately after the discovery was made, SRSC closed the affected 400m section of path while visible fragments were picked up and air quality monitoring was carried out. Although the air quality monitoring showed that there were no airborne fibres, the SRSC made a decision at this stage that it would keep the trail closed until a long term solution was found with

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Recognising the 65th Anniversary of the Snowy Scheme

October 17th, 2014

The Snowy Mountains Scheme has a very rich and proud history. It is an iconic part of Australia’s history, the legacy of which is still evident today. I personally have strong admiration for the quality of workmanship shown by all the men and women who built the Snowy Scheme. Now, 65 years on, it’s hard to imagine undertaking such a significant project, within such a harsh environment and without the technology we have access to today. They did an incredible job. As the stewards of the Snowy Scheme, Snowy Hydro is committed to a rigorous program of asset maintenance and

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Snowy Hydro set to release the 2014 Snowy River Flushing Flows

October 13th, 2014

From Monday 13 October to Thursday 16 October 2014, Snowy Hydro will once again open a Temporary Public Viewing Area at the Jindabyne Dam so members of the public can view the Snowy River Flushing Flows for 2014 (click here to view map to viewing area). The pattern of daily releases from Jindabyne Dam down the Snowy River seeks to emulate flows in a natural unregulated snow melt river system. This means that the operation of the release valves will be a regular feature during winter and spring as a number of high flow events will be delivered. A flushing

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