PREPARATIONS are well underway for the 65th reunion of the Snowy Mountains Scheme with a bumper weekend planned to commemorate one of the world's greatest industrial achievements.
The Snowy Scheme Association (SSA) committee met on Friday, August 8 to piece together the final stages of their planning for the October reunion.
Nearly 100 people have already booked for the reunion dinner which is expected to attract close to 200 people, comprising past workers and families of the scheme.
Four action packed days have been lined up, starting from Friday, October 17 till Monday 20, where the Snowy Mountains Scheme will be remembered and celebrated.
The SSA in conjunction with the Cooma Visitors Centre have gone to great lengths to promote the reunion, in a bid to ensure no one misses out on the opportunity to commemorate such a defining part of our national history.
SSA Chairman Wally Mills, a former engineer of the scheme, is hoping the reunion will provide the perfect setting to reflect on the scheme's many achievements.
"The reunion is our one and only opportunity to reunite the workers, families and interested parties of the scheme," Mr Mills said.
"A well planned reunion is important to provide the necessary celebration and commemoration of such an important part of the region's history."
The reunion dinner is just the start of the weekend's activities, with daily tours running throughout the Snowy Mountains, allowing people to visit and relive the key parts of the scheme.
Tour groups will be able to immerse themselves in the history of the scheme with a trip to the Snowy Scheme Museum in Adaminaby, where guided tours will provide an enlightened and important historical framework to the scheme.
The 'Upper Tumut' trip is set to prove popular amongst the flock of visitors who will relive the glory days of the great infrastructure project which provides more than 60 per cent of Austral's renewable energy.
Bus trips will also run to Guthega, 'Happy Jacks', a 'Murray' day tour and a visit to Talbingo.
Bookings need to be finalised by September 1 and can be done so via the Cooma Visitors Centre.