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Lister, Ken
The Snowy Mountains Scheme - More than Engineering Heritage
Eleventh National Conference on Engineering Heritage: Federation Engineering a Nation; Proceedings
Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 2001, pp. 245-252

The Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme is the greatest single infrastructure project ever undertaken in Australia. Commenced in 1949, the Scheme continues to fulfil the dream of providing reliable irrigation water to the Murray and Murrumbidgee Valleys and highly flexible electricity into the National Electricity Market. However design and construction of the Scheme by the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority and its contractors also enabled the nation to benefit enormously through development of project management, skills, technology transfer, improved safety and environmental management public relations and tourism. Many who worked on the Scheme went on to develop careers in business or as leaders of public or private enterprise. Australian businesses used experience gained to grow into internationally recognised construction and manufacturing companies. The assets were well designed and built to last which enables the Authority's successor, Snowy Hydro Limited, to actively participate as a viable business in the competitive National Electricity Market and continue the release of guaranteed irrigation water to the West. Consequently the Snowy Mountains Scheme is more than an engineering heritage.

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