The Snowy Mountains Scheme changed Australia forever. A country founded on stolid British stock almost overnight became one of the world’s great pancultures. Tens of thousands of workers from more than 30 lands poured into what was the undisturbed pastoral realm of the high country stockman, the southern Outback. As they drilled and tunnelled into the mountains their energy and skills gave the country a mighty push into the vanguard of the twentieth century. The vibrant interaction of their many diverse cultures and the scale of the project in terms of technology made the Scheme an engineering wonder. In this edition, two new chapters have been added to cover this fascinating period.
The debates, the issues, the frustrations and despair arising from the corporatisation process brought the resolution of some of Australia’s most pressing environmental challenges a little nearer. It became in many ways a ‘rite of passage’ for the country as it entered the new millennium. It changed the way in which Australian governments, their departments, agencies and constituencies deal with each other on complex national issues. The old Snowy was a triumph of physical and engineering prowess; the new Snowy is a monument to a nation starting to come to terms with its most challenging socio-economic and environmental issues.
The authors aim has been to draw all the threads together; to offer a picture of the Scheme as a whole – its people, its political and industrial dramas, the tragedies, and achievements. In earlier editions the author said the story of the Snowy Scheme had no ending – a comment born out by the manner in which it continues to influence the course of Australian history.
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 20th April 2015
Country of Publication: AU