Talk:Snowy Mountains Scheme

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Yep, give me a day or two and I should be able to fill in the requested details. I am also aware that in mordern politically-correct speech that hydro-electric schemes are seen as evil to the envirnoment; but that was not the engineers nor even the politicans original intent. I will try to find figures for both its 'benefits' and damages for the benefit of people without local knowledge of the current issues.

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Moved from article:[edit]

I moved the following list (presumably a to-do list for missing stuff in the article) from the article page:

  • Details of the scheme (pictures required).
  • History of proposal and construction.
  • Huge number of immigrant workers, many deaths.
  • Economic impact.
  • Current operation (privatization, recent diversion reduction).
  • Explain motivations for scheme (Australia's part in a joint Commonwealth Atomic Bomb project, ect.)

There's nothing wrong with compiling lists of missing stuff, but that sort of thing does not really belong in the article itself -- Ferkelparade π 09:34, 25 Jan 2005 (UTC) In several articles on the snowy hydro scheme or the snowy river and parks around it, I could not find a map --except for the location in Australia. A map is often more informative than a photograph. DL


In several articles on the snowy hydro scheme or the snowy river and parks around it, I could not find a map --except for the location in Australia. A map is often more informative than a photograph. DL

Water flows in SA[edit]

With regards to the increased water flows down the Murray, I believe that South Australia was instrumental in getting this through. Alphax τεχ 09:34, 22 May 2005 (UTC)

Cost and completion[edit]

I have a source (Angus & Robertson concise Australian encyclopeadia, ISBN 0-207-14820-1, which says that the Snowy Mountains Scheme was finished in 1972 at a cost of #810,000,00 - but the article says it was finished in 1974 at a cost of $1bn. Cite your source - I think it's a bit convenient that it took exactly 25 years! Alphax τεχ 30 June 2005 07:12 (UTC)

  • An anon editor just changed the cost from Austrlain $1 billion to US$1bn. I have reverted but I have no source either way. A press release from June 2004 by the Deputy PM states that the scheme "was $6 billion in today's money". [1]. This reference from an address to the Australian Acadamy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 1999 by its then president who had been Assistant to Commissioner of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority, states its cost as $800 million which is equivalent to $6 billion in todays dollars. The scheme was built over 25 years from 1949 to 1974. It isn't a bit convenient it took 25 years, that is how long it took. --User:AYArktos | Talk 10:55, 29 September 2005 (UTC)

- Local knowledge is that the scheme was completed ahead of schedule and below budget, if that helps.

sell off[edit]

Should mention recent unsuccessful attempt to sell the scheme off--Golden Wattle talk 10:05, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

NPOV[edit]

Stuff like this seems to be biased "It is clear that the Snowy Scheme must be placed under a National Independent Water Manager. The Snowy River is dying." Drunken Pirate (talk) 04:42, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Agreed, seems this is a target article for interesting opinoins as I just removed seemingly unrelated comments about the toxicity of NO2 emmissions of gas fired power turbines. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 158.35.225.229 (talk) 00:48, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

Sir William Hudson[edit]

There seems to be no mention either here or in the Snowy Hydro article about this rather important figure in the history of the scheme. -- JackofOz (talk) 22:29, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

And there ought to be! There's a good article about him on The ANU website, which I stumbled on when I was looking for information on "Snowy River Roll". My question is - should he be a short note here, or his own article with a link? Reynardo (talk) 04:22, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

Snow River Flows[edit]

The sections in the article about the environmental flows ought to be made into a separate article. They have nothing as such to with the Snowy Mountains Scheme, they are a current political issue. Giving these issues such prominence in the general article creates a bias toward the Snowy River Alliance cause - and there is already a lot of bias in there, with the text implying that the majority of the local community support the flow of the Snowy River, when in fact it is the opposite. It's like if you had an article about the internet with the majority of that article covering viruses and hackers - yes they're related, but there are far more things that should be discussed, like the building and operations of it.

Inflation[edit]

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Midditerrenean migrants???[edit]

Why is it emphasized in the first paragraph??? There were migrants from over 30 different countries working there, many from Northern Europe with much better professional education, qualifications and experience than some guys from Greece or Italy who were mostly labourers from poor, underdeveloped regions of Italy or Greece and were used to lift heavy stuff during the scheme... Please change it and put emphasis on all migrants in the first paragraph. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 115.129.10.10 (talk) 05:05, 12 July 2009 (UTC)

Bosniak migrants from Bosnia and Herzegovina were the largest group of the migrants who helped build the scheme[edit]

It is a fact that a majority of the migrants who were building the scheme were Bosniaks from Bosnia and Herzegovina. A large population of these were recruited from the poor working conditions of their home country and enticed to come and work in Australia. This needs to be addressed in the article as there is no mention of it currently. Jas315 (talk) 12:08, 10 July 2012 (UTC)

Do the water volume units need to be in metric, imperial and US?[edit]

As this is an australian article I suggest just using metric. CamV8 (talk) 02:59, 14 October 2014 (UTC)