The improved health and hope for the future of the Snowy River is the reason for celebrations at Dalgety next weekend. Saturday August 25 is Snowy River Day, and the tenth anniversary of the first water released from the Snowy River over the Mowamba Weir by the then premiers of NSW and Victoria - Bob Carr and Steve Bracks in 2002.
The annual event is hosted by the Dalgety District and Community Association (DDCA) DDCA president Vickii Wallace said the two premiers strode into the waters of the Snowy River announcing it had been saved.
“Unfortunately that was only a partial truth,” Mrs Wallace said.
“Ten years on and much has been achieved by the three governments of NSW, Victoria and the federal government and the blood sweat and tears of the DDCA, the Snowy River Alliance, other groups and the general public, who have not given up on a better outcome for the river.
“Had we not continued campaigning, working behind the scenes, harassing politicians, not listening to their excuses and continuing the fight started by the townsfolk of Dalgety, these celebrations may have never occurred.”
Presenting at the Snowy River day will be Waters for Rivers talking about future Snowy River flows and Southern Rivers Catchment Authority will have a power point presentation to show the effects of the two flood events earlier this year on the river.
Snowy River Alliance will launch a Utube video showing some inaccessible parts of the upper Snowy River and present what needs to be done to restore flows to these areas. Mrs Wallace said politicians had put the Snowy River in the ‘too hard basket’.
“Last year saw the first real flows come out of Jindabyne Dam which were so spectacular.
“But this event would not have happened had it not been for the stubborn and dogged approach by the people of Dalgety and the general public who put their voices forward to save the Snowy from being the ‘Snowy Gutter’.
“The DDCA is inviting the people to come and celebrate the efforts of the community of Dalgety and those who have thrown their weight behind this magnificent effort.
“There is still a long way to go, but the DDCA wants to showcase some of its other objectives for the community such as a health program. The new barbecue table and chairs will be unveiled on the day and ‘Dalgety Beach’ lost in the flood, will be discussed, along with additions to the children’s playground, a walking track along the river.
Schools on the Monaro have been invited to design a poster for the Snowy River and entries will be judged on the day.