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It is the vision of the Adaminaby Snowy Scheme Collection Committee (ASSCC) that they would build a permanent reminder of the impact on the nation of the construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme. It would highlight the achievements of the engineers, builders and their machines and the role the project played in the development of the modern Australian nation.
The museum has and will become a multi-dimensional insight into the Snowy Scheme never before attempted under the one roof.
The Snowy Scheme has a story to tell like no other in Australian history. It was a project of its time, set on a grand scale, a perfect stage on which our post-war migrant workforce could perform. It allowed the development of massive irrigation systems feeding off the Murray and the Murrumbidgee, and generated clean renewable energy to the Eastern States. It gave migrants from a devastated Europe, some with families, a fresh start, albeit often in the most demanding of conditions, and even set new standards for occupational health and safety.
It is our vision to capture as much as possible of the Snowy Scheme, the people, the towns, the huge machinery, the history and the enormity of the engineering feat, with all its environmental ramifications. The museum is of national significance, as demonstrated in our recent Significance Assessment. THe museum is also important for tourism and education.
The museum will provide significant and diverse employment opportunities, strengthening the local community, adding to the assets and infrastructure of the town the Snowy drowned and rebuilt - Adaminaby.
It is the committee's vision that the Snowy Scheme Museum will attract Australian and overseas visitors alike, and promote education and understanding of one of the seven Engineering Wonders of the World.
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