Construction is underway for a $19 million, 126-bed accommodation development to house Cooma-based workers for the Snowy 2.0 pumped-hydro renewable energy project.
Snowy Hydro and Snowy 2.0 principal contractor Future Generation Joint Venture celebrated with a sod-turning ceremony at the site today.
Known as Joule Ridge, the accommodation investment is another significant contribution by Snowy Hydro to the local region’s economy and supports the thousands of jobs created by Snowy 2.0, said CEO Paul Broad.
“Snowy 2.0 is ramping up and with 4,000 jobs being created over the life of the project, it’s an important part of our project planning to build this accommodation at Joule Ridge.
“It will provide more than 120 beds for Snowy 2.0 workers including some of those working at the Polo Flat Segment Factory, the Future Generation office and other local areas.
“Joule Ridge will also address some of the social pressures that come with economic growth, such as a shortage of housing.
“Once all accommodation construction is completed, between Joule Ridge, Lobs Hole and Tantangara, we will have capacity to accommodate almost 1,700 workers.”
There are also Snowy 2.0 workers accommodated at other locations including Cabramurra, Adaminaby and Providence Portal.
Consisting of up to 140 modular units, Joule Ridge will provide accommodation, communal facilities, parking and landscaping. Operating for the life of the Snowy 2.0 project, accommodation will be provided across 90 single rooms and 36 self-contained units.
Snowy Hydro purchased the five-hectare land parcel, which had been abandoned for several decades, specifically for Snowy 2,0 worker accommodation.
The development of Joule Ridge is being managed by Future Generation. Earthworks and preliminary construction activities will be underway within days, with Joule Ridge expected to be opened by mid-year.
For more information about the Snowy 2.0 project visit snowyhydro.com.au