This is a brief overview of my ongoing project concerning the Snowy Hydro Scheme and the Snowy Mountains region in NSW.


The Scheme is widely regarded as the most ambitious industrial project in Australia’s history and is ultimately about humans re-shaping the environment to solve one of our most basic needs – that of water preservation. The system, created between 1949 and 1972, diverts water from the Snowy, Eucumbene and Murrumbidgee Rivers westward via a series of tunnels, aqueducts and reservoirs, through the Great Dividing Range for use in irrigation inland. In the process the water is used by power stations to create hydro electricity.


Primarily this is an exploration of the balance between nature and man’s intervention upon it - the vast structures amongst epic landscapes, re-shaped waterways and newly created ones - but the Scheme is also a framework for the exploration of various aspects of life in the region - recreational activities, the local towns and residents, and also people connected with the Scheme.


I will be adding new images, replacing old ones and tweaking the selection as the series evolves. I expect the series to be completed in 2018, along with a full edit and accompanying text. For more information about the series please contact me at roundyc@hotmail.com

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