THE GRAND SCHEME (2016-present)

[Jan 2022 - currently in the process of  re-editing to include most recent images. The sequence may change from time to time]

The Snowy Hydro Scheme is widely regarded as the most ambitious industrial project in Australia’s history. Constructed between 1949 and 1974, the system 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 throughout inland Australia. In the process the water is used by power stations to create hydro electricity. It’s often referred to as an engineering wonder of the world.

But, on the driest continent on Earth, the story of The Scheme is ultimately one about humans re-shaping the environment to solve one of our most basic needs – that of water preservation. A post-WW2 nation needed the vital resources in order to grow and to survive. Because the Scheme is situated within the pristine Kosciuszko National Park, this photographic series is primarily an exploration of the balance between nature and our intervention upon it – the vast structures amongst epic landscapes, the re-shaped waterways and the newly created ones. But The Scheme is also a framework for the exploration of various aspects of life in the region – recreational activities like skiing in winter and walking, boating, and fishing in the warmer months; the local towns and residents; and also people directly connected to The Scheme.

Ongoing since 2016, this series aims to present a contemporary document of a landscape that changed in order for a nation to change.


I acknowledge the Ngarigo and Walgal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which these photographs were taken. I pay my respects to their Elders past, present, and future. 

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