Snowy Hydro town Cabramurra bids farewell to the last of its permanent residents – Australia News



August 28, 2017 15:34:55

A unique alpine community created in 1954 as part of the Snowy Hydro Scheme is about to change forever, closing a historical chapter for those who once called it home.

The permanent workforce of the settlement of Cabramurra in the western Snowy Mountains is being replaced with drive-in/drive-out staff.

Snowy Hydro chief executive Paul Broad said the decision was part of a re-structure to longer shifts over a four-day working week.

“It was negotiated through an enterprise agreement, so people voted on it,” Mr Broad said.

He said the new operation was the way the organisation wished to operate and the community had agreed to the change.

“There’s one or two families who are still there. They will be gone by January.”

However, former residents are unhappy about the decision which many say was not popular among the workforce.

Unique alpine community will be lost

Helen Waddington moved to Cabramurra in the 1980s as a six-year-old, one of five children of a Snowy Hydro worker.

“It was a fantastic place to grow up. Looking back we realise it was pretty magic,” she said.

“We found our own entertainment wandering around the Kosciuszko National Park. That was our playground. Everyone from the time they could walk could ski.”

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