Community members from across Alexandra, Eildon and Rubicon in north eastern Victoria, came together on Saturday, to explore AGL Energy Limited’s (AGL) Rubicon Mountain Streams Scheme.
Forty-five people toured the heritage-listed Rubicon Mountain Streams Scheme, which comprises a group of four small hydroelectric power stations; Royston, Rubicon, Lower Rubicon, and Rubicon Falls, with a total generating capacity of around 12.5MW.
Many of the people attending the community open day were former power station employees and people who lived on the mountain in the workers cottages.
Bill Musgrove worked in maintenance and operations at the scheme all his working life and said it was great to share stories and reminisce.
“The Rubicon Mountain Streams Scheme is a very important part of Victorian and local history,” Mr Musgrove said.
“I’m so pleased AGL opened the facility to the community so we could all come and take a look. It was just like a reunion, seeing everyone and even my old desk was still there. I felt like a young man again.”
Located on the Rubicon and Royston Rivers, 130km north-east of Melbourne, the Rubicon Mountain Streams Scheme first generated electricity in 1926. It was the first state-owned hydroelectric scheme to generate electricity in mainland Australia, and among the first in the world to be remotely controlled.