From the Archives, 1972: Mallacoota switches on


The Minister for Gas and Energy (Mr. Balfour) stated what a proud day for Victoria it was.

Tom Davies [L] with the Hon. J. C. M. Balfour, Minister for Fuel and Power

Tom Davies [L] with the Hon. J. C. M. Balfour, Minister for Gas and EnergyCredit score:The Age Archives

And, with nation votes in thoughts, he advised the group Victoria was the one State with a uniform tariff (Mallacoota pays the identical worth as Melbourne). Nice for decentralisation!

The SEC chairman (Mr. N. R. White) stated the SEC had fulfilled its activity of “electrifying Victoria”.

He stated: “Just some distant pockets of rural dwellers are nonetheless out of attain of SEC provide mains.”

Mr. Tom Davies, the person who introduced electrical energy to Mallacoota in 1962, congratulated the SEC and even forgot his grumble of earlier that day concerning the worth they purchased him out at.

The dancing began and the drinkers went again for one more free beer.


The official friends up from Melbourne for the day had been whisked off to a crayfish supper on the Mallacoota’s one and solely lodge.

That was at 8.30 p.m. By 1.30 a.m. a lot of the oldies had gone house, however dancers had been nonetheless on the ground and drinkers had been huddled across the camp fires.

Slowly they started to off wander house to modify on the brand new low cost electrical energy — now costing a median of two cents a kilowatt, in contrast with the previous 18 cents.

It had been an excellent day.

At 9.30 a.m. yesterday, when the press had been pushed out to the airport, there was not a soul to be seen.

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