The enthusiastic response to the Snowy Hydro 2.0 drop-in session at Talbingo on Saturday surprised even organisers.
“I spend a lot of time in Talbingo talking to residents and I thought maybe they wouldn’t have much interest this time, but not only were there many locals there, many people went out of their way to come to Talbingo to catch up with us,” Snowy 2.0 public relations manager Dean Lynch said.
“There were people from Batlow, Wagga, Tumut and Gundagai and visitors from as far away as Byron Bay.”
This drop-in session was one of many being held in the Snowy Hydro scheme’s area to inform people about the Snowy 2.0 project. It was held in the Talbingo CBD.
“Talbingo residents and people who had specifically driven there wanted to talk about Snowy 2.0 and the scheme in general,” Mr Lynch said.
“One of the major topics for local people was employment; what employment opportunities the project will provide and how to go about applying for them.
“People also wanted to know how it is going to be built in general.”
One Talbingo resident, who did not wish to be named, described the session as “pretty good.”
“Snowy Hydro had five people there, which is a step up from before,” he said. “They are really starting to take us seriously for a change.
There was quite a bit of interest from visitors and locals. It was busy for a good two hours.
“Access to a dam swimming area is still an issue.
There is talk that they are going to try to provide an area, but it’s not going to be easy.”