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Snowy Mountains Scheme, 1989

This clip looks at the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme, which remains one of the greatest engineering feats in the world today. The clip is an excerpt from the documentary 'The Snowy: a dream of growing up', a Film Australia National Interest Program produced in 1989 in association with the Australian Broadcasting ...

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Three Gorges Dam: hydro-electricity as a choice

China has built the massive Three Gorges Dam to provide hydro-electricity. The dam provides power without the harmful emissions produced by burning coal. But are there other costs? Hear from a Chinese professor whose opposition to the dam has waned, but who calls for careful attention to the problems that this dam has created ...

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Damming the Yangtze

See the world's largest dam - China's Three Gorges Dam - which provides hydroelectric power. Learn about some of its benefits, and, as you watch this clip from 2008, consider these benefits against the social cost of displacing local communities.

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Dams and dolphins on the Mekong?

If the Lao Government's plans are realised, nine hydropower dams will be built across the Mekong River in Laos, and more across its tributaries. The government wants the country to become the 'battery of Asia'. With this dream comes a host of issues. Listen to reasons why the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) suggests hydro-dam ...

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Power is money on the the Mekong

Discover why the Lao Government plans to build a hydropower dam at Xayaboury (Xayaburi) on the Mekong River and how neighbouring countries might react. The Mekong River Commission is attempting to maintain a balance for all users of the river. Find out why this is a difficult and complex task.

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The Mekong: a damming example

The government of Laos has plans for many revenue-raising dams along the Mekong River. Find out about a dam, the Nam Theun 2, which was completed in 2010 and lies across the Nam Theun river in the Nakai Plateau. This clip from the same year asks if the dam could be the flagship for others to be built along the Mekong. Discover ...

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New dam, new house: the Mekong

The mighty Mekong river provides a way of life for millions of people, and is arguably the most important resource in the developing country of Laos. Discover how villagers are being relocated to make way for hydropower dams on this river, which stretches for nearly 5,000 kilometres from the mountains of Tibet to Vietnam. ...

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US and Australian engineers on the 'Snowy', 1952

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1952 that shows US and Australian engineers at work on the Snowy Mountains Scheme. In the photograph a group of nine engineers is examining cores (rock samples) from Happy Valley in the upper Tumut area in New South Wales.

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Diagram of the Snowy Mountains Scheme

This is a schematic cross-section diagram, drawn in 1953, of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. It shows the two main sections of the Scheme: the Tumut and the Snowy-Murray Developments. The diagram outlines the two transmountain tunnel systems that divert water from the Snowy River and its tributary, the Eucumbene ...

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Construction of the Eucumbene diversion tunnel, c1954

This is a black-and-white photograph that shows the initial construction of the tunnel built to divert the Eucumbene River as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. The photograph shows men at work in the tunnel and at its entrance, a stationary truck and an excavator clearing rock spoil. On the right of the photograph, observing ...

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First 'Snowy' dam opened by PM, 1955

This is a 1955 photograph of the then Prime Minister Robert Menzies (1894-1978) opening the Guthega Pond Dam, part of the first completed section of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. The Prime Minister is pressing the switch at the control centre as dignitaries and photographers crowd around.

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Eucumbene diversion tunnel, 1955

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the construction of the Eucumbene diversion tunnel in the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme in 1955. Men are working on a wooden platform inside the tunnel. Wooden formwork holds concrete in place against the rock walls.

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Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme worker, 1957 - asset 1

This is a black-and-white photograph of a worker beside a small machine at the Guthega Dam on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme in 1957.

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A woman in her all-electric kitchen, Kiewa, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1945 of a woman in her all-electric kitchen. The woman was the wife of a Victorian State Electricity Commission (SEC) employee who was working on the Kiewa Hydro-electric Scheme in north-eastern Victoria.

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The Forerunner, 1957 - Snowy Mountains Scheme explained, item 1

This is an excerpt from a 1957 black-and-white documentary titled 'The Forerunner' that tells the story of the building of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. A man points out features on a large three-dimensional model as he explains to a small group of people who may be new Scheme employees that the Snowy River ...

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The Forerunner, 1957 - Snowy Mountains Scheme explained, item 2

This is an excerpt from a 1957 black-and-white documentary titled 'The Forerunner' that tells the story of the building of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. A man points out features on a large three-dimensional model as he explains to a small group of people who may be new Scheme employees that the dammed water ...

Teacher resource

Low-emission energy technologies: an introduction

This is a teaching unit, designed for year 10, aimed at engaging students in investigations about low-emission energy sources. A unit outline, teacher guidelines, student activity and an assessment task are provided.

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Bob Brown on the defence of the 'leech-ridden ditch'

This resource is a video interview with Dr Bob Brown, former senator for Tasmania and parliamentary leader of the Australian Greens Party, talking about his perspective on the 1982-83 blockades to save the Franklin and Gordon Rivers from being dammed. He recounts his story via the landscape painting, 'Dr Brown and green ...

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About hydroelectricity

This resource is a web page contains information about generating electricity using the energy of flowing water. It gives a brief description, with an annotated diagram, of the way in which the potential energy of water in a dam can be used to drive a turbine to generate electricity. It also provides information about hydroelectric ...

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The Australian environment movement: 1970–80

Why and how did the Australian environment movement gain political momentum in the early 1970s? This resource's media footage from that time reflects elements of the environment movement's growing influence, its values, language, arguments, strategies, accommodations and political challenges.