With an ever expanding population, 1950's Canberra began looking for solutions to the problems and costs of home heating in our 'bracing' winter climate. Fuel sources available included Wood, Oil, Coal and in limited supply and pre Snowy River Scheme, electricity. Cost and safety were the concerns driving the search. This is only a portion of this lengthy article
which explores the problems.
An interesting solution was provided by Mr W. E. Gray who proposed to install two dams and generating plants on the Murrumbidgee River at narrow Gorges, one near Uriarra Crossing and one at the Cotter junction for Canberra to generate its own electricity...
The Canberra Times - 17 September 1953
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