is a town in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia, situated on the banks of the Tumut River. Tumut is at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains and is referred to as the gateway to the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Tumut Shire Council is administered from offices located in Tumut
Blowering Dam is on the Tumut River in Australia. It is part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Associated with the dam is the Blowering Power Station.
The dam was completed in 1968. It holds 1,628,000 megalitres (million litres). The wall height is 112 m and is constructed of earth and rockfill. The water from the dam is used for irrigation along the Murrumbidgee River, Yanco/Colombo/Billabong Creeks system, the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and the Colleambally Irrigation Area.
The Parade Day
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Written by Vic Widman (Events Coordinator for clubMINI)
Saturday morning dawned clear and brisk and it looked like we would have a fine day for the parade. The morning was given over to washing and polishing the MINI’s so they would look their best in the parade. Then there was time for some shopping in the quaint country shops before we attended Doug’s beautiful home for morning tea before the parade.
Being in a parade in a country town is a real buzz. You are surrounded by excited school kids dressed in various outfits, trucks done up to represent their chosen sponsors and the colour of the helium filed balloons, clowns and horse riding bushmen all add to the atmosphere. But once the parade gets underway, the real buzz starts. We had a good mix of new and old MINI’s going two by two down the main street which was filled with happy smiling faces at times several people deep at the barricades. Waving and horn blowing and acknowledging the crowd’s appreciation for our vehicles makes for a great time The parade concluded in a park where we were allocated space to pt our vehicles on display. The park also housed a variety of country stalls where you could purchase anything from fairy floss to home made cakes. We enjoyed spending our money and showing off our MINI’s to the country folk.
The MINI clubman on loan from MINI Australia dragged in a lot of onlookers, and it was interesting to see the reaction to the extra storage capacity in the clubman, not sure how the upholstery would stand up to carting a few sheep around though? By later afternoon we took a short drive out to Blowering Dam where we managed to park all the MINI’s on the Dam Wall for a photo session. Then it was back to our rooms to prepare for the Fireworks display scheduled for 7pm. We walked to the oval and managed a vantage point right in front of the fireworks which prompted many Ooooh’s and Arrrh’s. Just as the fireworks concluded down came the traditional rain which ensured everyone scattered home.