TMAG looks West to the future and the past

5 December 2019

Hydro Tasmania is proud to partner with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) for the West: Out on the Edge exhibition, a celebration and exploration of Tasmania’s West Coast – the historic and current base for many of our people and assets.

From the pioneering of the early 1900s to our current planning for Australia’s renewable energy future Hydro Tasmania has been a part of the West Coast for a century.

Hydro Tasmania CEO, Steve Davy, said TMAG’s exhibition captured something truly Tasmanian.

“We rightly celebrate Tasmania’s cities, beaches and wilderness, but the West Coast is renowned for the harsh beauty of its environment – the same landscape and climate that has made the area so successful for the generation of hydroelectric power,” said Mr Davy.

“Generations of West Coast families have worked for us and we’re proud to play such a strong part in this community. It’s a place where people work hard and take care of each other.”

“There’s always been a pioneering spirit on the West Coast and it’s the same today, with Hydro Tasmania currently exploring how the West Coast could play a part in Battery of the Nation.”

Among the exhibition’s many features is a section of the Lake Margaret Power Scheme’s wooden pipeline, built from King Billy Pine in 1938, and dubbed ‘the world’s largest soaker hose’ until its replacement in 2008.

“There are some great opportunities to engage with this exhibition in different ways, including an Instagram competition, panel discussion, TMAG’s School Holiday Program, and the Hydro Tasmania Discovery Day on 8 December,” said Mr Davy.

“We hope this will inspire an appreciation of the West Coast for the next generation of Tasmanians.”

More information about West: Out on the Edge can be found at TMAG’s website.

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Released for Hydro Tasmania by Trent Swindells: 0409 722 359 / media@hydro.com.au.

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