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Snowy 2.0 TBM Naming Competition

Calling all year 5-12 school students in the Snowy Mountains! 

Before Snowy Hydro’s newest tunnel boring machines (TBMs) start digging the Snowy 2.0 tunnels, they need to have names – and we want school students in the Snowy Monaro Regional Council and Snowy Valleys Council areas, and Corryong township, to come up with their best STEM-related suggestions as part of our TBM Naming Competition.  

There are two TBMs to be named, with the first Snowy 2.0 TBM already titled the Lady Eileen Hudson, in honour of original Snowy Scheme ambassador and the wife of inaugural Commissioner, Sir William Hudson.

TBMs are always given female names, a tradition stemming from the 1600s when miners working underground prayed to Saint Barbara for protection.

To be a part of the Snowy 2.0 TBM Naming Competition, students should nominate a ground-breaking or inspiring Australian woman in STEM and and explain their choice in 200 words or less. The students whose shortlisted names gain the most public votes are the winners.

To enter the Snowy 2.0 TBM Naming Competition, local students in years 5-12 should:

  • Complete the entry form on the snowyhydro.com.au website by 11.59pm Sunday 23 May 2021.
  • Nominate a TBM name inspired by a ground-breaking Australian woman in STEM and the reason for your choice (up to 200 words) on the competition webpage. 
  • Provide your parent or guardian’s name, email and street address and phone number, so you can be contacted if your nomination is shortlisted for the community online vote.


To support students with their competition entry, the Snowy Hydro Education team have created a Women in STEM learning module on the Next Generation Education Hub.

The purpose of the program is to introduce students of the Snowy Mountains to career opportunities in STEM and provide an informed foundation to support their submission into the Snowy 2.0 TBM naming competition

The Women in STEM learning module provides teachers with resources and learning material that focuses on research skills, history, literacy, technology and science. The learning package has been designed to support teachers wishing to incorporate the naming competition into their classrooms and extend their students’ learning experience to discover more about great Australian women in STEM, current and from our past.

What is a TBM?

A tunnel boring machine (TBM) is a machine used to excavate tunnels. TBMs can bore through a variety of ground conditions and on the Snowy 2.0 project will be excavating through more than 30 different types of rock!

Snowy Hydro will choose a shortlist from the names suggested by students for a public, online vote in June – keep an eye on Snowy Hydro’s social media channels and the Snowy Hydro website for details.

The two most popular names, as voted by the public, will be used to identify the Snowy 2.0 TBMs and the students who nominated them will receive a visit to the Snowy 2.0 construction site to see a TBM before it goes underground, plus a VIP experience at the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre in Cooma. 

The Snowy 2.0 project is a nationally-significant renewable energy project that will provide 2,000 megawatts of on-demand energy and large-scale storage, underpinning Australia’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

Together, the three Snowy 2.0 tunnel boring machines will excavate 27km of tunnels linking Tantangara and Talbingo dams, with a pumped-hydro power station to be built 800 metres below ground.

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