Power to the People
Version No. 1.1
revised: January 18, 2021
Butt Association, Chicago, Illinois
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The Snowy Mountain
The Snowy Mountain Scheme (SMS) looms large in Australian history and
is recognized as the most daring engineering project undertaken at the
time. It was commenced in 1949 and completed in 1974, was the making of
the modern Australia and to this day is performing as promised. The SMS
has two purposes, one to supply water for irrigation and secondly to
generate electricity, both of which it deliver admirably, via its many
dams, mains and minor power stations.
It matters not from where you start or finish, nor the distance or time
taken, as long as the minimum of 1000M / 1610K in less than 24 hours
has been achieved. In addition, it is highly recommended that a Spot
(™), or other electronic location device be carried, to provide further
proof of route taken. As an alternative, a picture in the location with
a current newspaper may satisfy the IBA as well.
It is not advisable to travel within the Snowy Mountains National Park
when dark, due to the high risk of an animal strike. Fortunately, to
lessen the risk of night time riding, Talbingo, Khancoban and Adaminaby
do not have “out of hours facilities” to obtain dockets. It would also
somewhat reduce the enjoyment of the magnificent scenery of the region.
It is possible at all the required town location to obtain receipts
during business hours, Cabramurra does have an “automated fuel pump,
with receipt 24/7”, handy as the Café only opens at 1000hrs/10am.
The aim of this IBA ride is to incorporate the 5 (five) main Power Stations and the 6
(six) significant towns of the SMS. These being:
Due to significant destruction
by fire in the aea of Cabramurra, the Tumut 1 and Tumut 2 power
stations and Cabramurra itself may not be accessible. A non-paved
road is present around these areas.
In lieu of required pictures of
the Tumut 1 and Tumut 2 and a receipt at Cabramurra, you must
obtain a picture of your bike with the Cabramurra radio tower in the
background. You may access this via the Kings Cross road.
This amendment will remain in
place until access to the power plants is restored.
Cabramurra Radio Tower (S 35.9410 E 148.3886743)
Tumut 1 (S 35* 56.191’, E 148* 23.014’)
Tumut 2 (S 35* 52.525’, E 148* 22.173’)
Tumut 3 (S 35* 36.604’, E 148* 17.454’)
Murray 1 (S 36* 14.826’, E 148* 11.316’)
Murray 2 (S 36* 14.497’, E 148* 08.285’)
Only Murray 1 Power Station can be visited and toured and apart from
Tumut 1, where access in blocked 6km from it, the rest can be seen from
various vantage points.
Talbingo (near Tumut 3)
Cabramurra (near Tumut 1
Khancoban (near Murray 1
Jindabyne (enroute to
can not be missed)
The order this is achieved is up to the participant (s) and is largely
governed by the approach to the Snowy Mountains one has chosen.
order that the six towns are visited is up to the participant (s) and
is largely governed by which of the four possible approaches to the
Snowy Mountains is chosen. These six towns are significant to the SMS,
as Talbingo, Jindabyne and Adaminaby were relocated from their original
sites, to give way to many lakes and pondages. Cabramurra and Khancoban
were built as “company towns”, purely to house the workers. Cabramurra
still is a dedicated “company town” and also holds the distinction as
the “Highest Town in Australia”. Cooma, in 1969, became the
headquarters of the SMS, as it was centrally located and an established
transport hub of the region.
The attached map show only the locations of the towns, as the Power
Stations are much too hard to pinpoint, but they are very clearly
signposted so easy to find and GPS coordinates provided, to further aid
Documentation: See http://www.ironbutt.com/rules/ss1000.pdf
Remittance Fee: $50
for certificate only
DBR - Dated Business Receipt
A DBR is a machine generated receipt with the date, time and LOCATION
on it. Check it -
All that is required now is for you to go and have some fun and enjoy
Your official time is determined by the starting
and ending receipts. PLEASE check these documents and make sure
the clock and date is correct!
is strongly recommended but not
If you cannot get a receipt you must take a
picture, including your motorcycle, to PROVE you were in the
town. Remember it is YOUR responsibility to prove you did the
ride. Spotwalla goes a long
way towards this proof.