TIME is running out to secure your place for 65th reunion of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, with bookings for the dinner and tour groups needing to be finalised by Monday, September 1.
A bumper weekend has been organised by the Snowy Scheme Association (SSA) for Friday, October 17 to Monday 20, to reunite the past workers and families of one of the world's greatest industrial achievements. The SSA is putting together the final touches for the weekend extravaganza which will also mark 40 years since the final power station, Tumut 3, was put into service.
Chairman of the SSA, Walter Mills, said this year's reunion will endeavour to generate a growing interest from a younger audience.
"When we come together for this reunion we also want to allow for an extension of the reunion experience to be witnessed by the younger generations as well as today's observers," Mr Mills said.
"It's inevitable with time that there's an ever diminishing number who had a personal involvement in some form with the Snowy Mountains Scheme's creation.
"The invitation reaches to the next generations of those involved to capture the excitement of this reunion time."
Close to 200 people are expected at the reunion dinner as people from across Australia converge on Cooma to share their memories of the scheme and the manner in which it transformed their lives.
Tour groups will be able to immerse themselves in the history of the scheme with trips running to the Snowy Scheme Museum in Adaminaby, day trips to 'Upper Tumut' to relive the great infrastructure accomplishments of the scheme, as well as many other trips throughout the Snowy Mountains which have been organised.
"For everyone looking at the many tours and talks of the 65th reunion plan, it can be seen that it offers to get a privileged inside look at the assets of the scheme, while enjoying the astounding beauty in travelling through the Kosciuszko National Park," Mr Mills said.
Two significant historical items are hoped to be on display at the reunion with Mr Mills in the process of tracking down models presented to the Governor-General in 1949, Sir William McKell, and the Prime Minister, Ben Chifley at the commencement of the scheme.
The items were relief models drawn to scale which outlined the proposed scheme and were given as gifts to the then governor general and prime minister.
Bookings for the reunion will be taken by the Cooma Visitors Centre.