Talbingo tourism thriving ahead of Snowy 2.0

Snowy Hydro says public access to the dam will be maintained with Snowy 2.0.

Talbingo Caravan Park co-proprietor James Smith said it had been a good Christmas and New Year break for the business.

“We had about average numbers, but people had a bit longer stay this year,” he said.

“A lot of our customers are fairly regular, but we had a few newcomers this year.”

Mr Smith is worried about the impact Snowy 2.0 will have on his business and others in town.

“I’m concerned and all the business owners in town are concerned,” he said. “Tourism is what keeps Talbingo alive. They are going to close the spillway so it depends on what they do with the boat ramp; this could have a huge effect on the town, because a lot of people use it. It depends on whether their compromise will be sufficient enough.”

CEO Paul Broad said Snowy Hydro would do everything possible to minimise disruption to recreational areas, including around Talbingo, during the proposed Snowy 2.0 project.

“The Talbingo area has many spots for recreational activities such as swimming, and popular areas like the boat ramp and Talbingo Dam will remain open to the public,” Mr Broad said.

Some restrictions, mostly on Snowy Hydro-owned land, will be in place to ensure the safety of the community around construction areas”

He said any area closures would be decided and communicated once the Snowy 2.0 principal contractor – who will be responsible for the project build – has been appointed in the coming months.

“Snowy 2.0 will bring significant economic benefits to the Snowy Mountains region – including increased economic activity, thousands of direct and indirect jobs and lower energy prices in the future,” Mr Broad said.

“Many regional businesses are already working on Snowy 2.0 providing services such as landscaping, surveying, accommodation, haulage and equipment hire services to name a few. Further opportunities will become available as the project progresses.”