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Snowy Hydro wins two Australian Business Awards!

August 1st, 2014

Snowy Hydro Limited has won Australian Business Awards in the categories of Innovation and Community Contribution for 2014. Snowy Hydro was recognised for our outstanding commitment to the community through the creation, development and implementation of our Community Partnerships Program. The Community Partnerships Program provides both financial and in-kind support to local communities, supporting initiatives that fit with our business, values and culture and that are valuable to the people of our region. Snowy Hydro was also awarded for innovation through the use of the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) to assess tunnel condition in the Snowy Scheme.  The Award for

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Understanding our weather and climate

April 7th, 2014

Over the years we’ve kept you up to date with our internationally renowned Cloud Seeding Program, but aside from the obvious benefit of more snow, you may not realise that there have been many other benefits from the scientific research. Take, for example, the high-resolution network of weather stations installed in and around the Snowy Water catchment, including a number of specialist instruments that measure snow more accurately than the standard rain gauge . The knowledge of Snowy Hydro’s scientists who run the cloud seeding operations, along with the data from this world-class instrument network, is now being put to

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Snowy Hydro SouthCare Base Open Day – 30 March 2014

March 28th, 2014

Snowy Hydro SouthCare Base Open Day When:     SUNDAY 30 MARCH: 10am – 3pm Where:   Monaro Highway, 2km South of Hindmarsh Drive Each year Snowy Hydro SouthCare invites the public to its helicopter base at Hume to see the helicopter up close, meet the crew and enjoy a day of entertainment, market stalls, rides and helicopter joy flights (Helisurveys). Support your local rescue helicopter and learn more about the vital role our service plays in the community. Entry by gold coin donation.

Snowy Hydro SouthCare Past Patient set to cycle 700 kilometres to give back

March 25th, 2014

This week, Snowy Hydro SouthCare CEO, Owen Finegan, Pilot, and a past patient of the service along with several other riders are embarking on a 7-day charity cycling trip from Griffith, NSW to the Helicopter Base in Canberra. The ride will cover 700kms and much of the service region of the helicopter, aiming to raise awareness and funds for the rescue helicopter. This is a brilliant feat for past patient, Rohan Playford who required the rescue service after being involved in a serious motor bike accident on the Clyde Mountain, Kings Highway. “The Snowy Hydro SouthCare Helicopter Rescue Service saved

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Snowy Hydro in 2014 – Maintenance, innovation & achievement

March 20th, 2014

by Paul Broad, CEO Snowy Hydro… As CEO, I am lucky enough to get to experience the Snowy Mountains Scheme first hand. Every time I am in the Snowy Mountains I take the opportunity to experience the Scheme through the eyes of our dedicated teams who maintain and upgrade it. Last month, Chief Operating Officer Ken Lister and the Jindabyne production team took me through Guthega Power Station, which is where the Snowy Scheme began. Guthega was not only the first power station to be built, it was the test to see if construction of the Scheme in its entirety

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Dry, hot conditions and trying times around the lakes…

March 18th, 2014

  by Andrew Nolan, Manager Water, Environment & Lands We all know that the 2013/14 summer has been a hot one around the Snowy Mountains and right around the country for that matter. As a result, we have seen very low inflows right across the Snowy Scheme in all the major rivers. In fact, this was the driest summer period since the peak of the decade long drought in 2006/07. Our inflows across the Scheme over summer totalled little more than 165 gigalitres (GL) when we would expect to see around 330GL on average. This heatwave also meant there was

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Raise funds for Snowy Hydro SouthCare during Awareness Month – March

March 14th, 2014

March is Snowy Hydro SouthCare Awareness Month and with the need for the rescue helicopter increasing, so does the need for fundraising for this essential service. Since October 1st, 1998 the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter has been a familiar sight and sound across the region providing essential aero-medical and rescue services. Over the past 15 years the helicopter has performed over 5,500 life changing missions, impacting on thousands of lives in the community. In particular during the 2013/14 summer period, the service experienced an increase of 20% missions on the previous year. Each year Snowy Hydro SouthCare dedicate the

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Mission increase for Snowy Hydro SouthCare

January 15th, 2014

In 2013 the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter has experienced another increase in missions recording 498 aero-medical retrievals and 65 road retrievals. In the past two years helicopter missions in Southern NSW and the ACT have soared by 25%, with 448 completed last year and 372 missions performed in 2011 – an increase of 126 missions. The table below demonstrates the climb in missions, and the types of missions the helicopter performs. In 2013 the most frequent destination for the helicopter was the NSW South Coast, in the coastal stretch from Ulladulla to Eden 191 missions were conducted. The helicopter

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Keeping Upper Murray Landholders up to date

December 30th, 2013

Snowy Hydro places great emphasis on ensuring we work closely with all stakeholders and the communities that exist around the Snowy Scheme and downstream from our water releases. One area we have been working closely with this year is the Upper Murray region regarding the release of water from Khancoban Pondage. Over recent months, some of the senior management team have been meeting with landholders from Khancoban to Jingellic on the Upper Murray River to improve mutual understanding of the operations of the Snowy Scheme, our Water licence obligations, the various agencies accountable for river management and also detailing the

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Inspecting tunnels with high-tech unmanned submarine

December 19th, 2013

Snowy Scheme tunnels transfer water from east to the west of the dividing range. Inspecting these tunnels in the past was a massive operation, requiring the tunnels to be drained of water, essentially shutting down part of the Snowy Scheme and several power stations for up to a month.  Indeed, draining the tunnels induced some rock falls due to the change in pressure.  Replacing this conventional ‘de-watering’ process with remotely operated sonar technology has been highly successful. The new high-tech device known as an ‘unmanned underwater vehicle’ (UUV) is being used to inspect the tunnel’s conditions. Using multi-beam sonar technology,

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