The Snowy Scheme Museum in Adaminaby will receive a $50,000 boost to help the town’s tourism industry recover from the recent summer bushfires.
Snowy Monaro Regional Council has been awarded $50,000 through the Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund with the grant obtained to support the museum’s work in attracting tourists to the region.
The funding will support economic recovery in the Adaminaby region following the loss of Selwyn Snow Resort and large parts of Kosciuszko National Park as a result of bushfire impact.
Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor Peter Beer said the grant will enable the museum to improve its collection and further enhance its standing as a visitor attraction and point of interest for the region.
“While the town itself was spared from flames, Adaminaby has suffered a significant economic impact with the major tourism attraction in winter being destroyed and some of its popular summer activities affected,” Mayor Peter Beer said. “This funding will help Adaminaby in its economic recovery by bringing tourists back to town and to our region.”
Deputy Mayor Lynley Miners and Council’s Tourism and Events Manager Donna Smith joined the museum’s committee last week for an official presentation to celebrate the $50,000 funding announcement.
Tourism forms an integral part of Adaminaby’s economy with 16 percent of businesses involved in the tourism and accommodation sectors.
The Snowy Scheme Museum is home to a nationally significant collection of historical items that promote the engineering and social achievements of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. The volunteer run museum was established in 1992 and its collection features machinery, historical vehicles, photographs, maps and the personal items of Commissioner of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority, Sir William Hudson.
“The museum is a fantastic attraction. The hard working committee has built the collection up to 6,000 items and each piece tells the important story of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme,” Mayor Beer said.