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Lake Jindabyne

Item details

Name of item: Lake Jindabyne
Type of item: Conservation Area
Group/Collection: Utilities - Water
Category: Water Supply Reservoir/ Dam
Primary address: , Jindabyne, NSW 2627
Local govt. area: Snowy Monaro Regional


Area shown by red hatching and marked “C4”
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
 JindabyneSnowy Monaro Regional  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Lake Jindabyne, including the dam wall, is an important component of the historic Snowy Scheme. It contributes significant landscape value to the town of Jindabyne as well as providing opportunities for water sports, general tourism while the lake foreshores are popular for community celebrations and leisure activities. The lake is representative of the man made Snowy water bodies.
Date significance updated: 26 Jan 12
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Construction years: 1949-1967
Physical description: Lake Jindabyne is a man made lake with a capacity of 689,900 and a dam wall height of 72 metres. The foreshores comprise areas of parkland with walking tracks, sculptures and memorials.
Current use: Water storage, water leisure activities


Historical notes: Building the Snowy Scheme started in 1949 and the same year Jindabyne's dam wall commenced. A large Snowy camp was build beside the town but that closed in 1953 when the main Snowy works moved to the other side of the mountains around Tumut.. In 1961 planning of the new township began. The Authority had learnt from the difficulties of planning and moving Old Adaminaby and put in place a much more decisive program. Improvements o the old houses were disallowed for some years and the town became very dilapidated. Only a few of the original houses where moved to the new town site and the rest were either sold or bulldozed and the bridge was blow up. The one thing which was moved to a site overlooking the new lake was the entire cemetery. Inundation of the valley began in 1967. Today Lake Jindabyne is the focus of many water activities as well as an important water storage for the snowy Scheme.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Technology-Activities and processes associated with the knowledge or use of mechanical arts and applied sciences Snowy Scheme-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The Snowy Scheme was an historic world class development for Australia and affected the nation in many ways. The flooding of the old town resulted in a different type of community in the new town, which has thrived through tourism generated businesses.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Lake Jindabyne is a significant body of water which contributes to the landscape and ambience of Jindabyne.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The lake is very significant to the people of the district with its opportunities for water sports and other leisure activities and the business which it brings to town.
SHR Criteria g)
Lake Jindabyne is representative of the Snowy water storages and is the third biggest lake in the Scheme.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSnowy River Local Environmental Plan 2013C413 Dec 13   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Snowy River Heritage Study1998CA.SMS.05Tropman & Tropman  Yes

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2410234

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