The Tasmanian government continues to help facilitate the development of a cable car up the side of kunanyi/ Mt Wellington, above Hobart.
There will be significant environmental impacts of this project and visual scarring of the mountain. Close to 1,500 people recently signed a petition against the proposal. A large majority of the 850 submissions made to a recent government process also opposed the plan. Yet the government continues to provide support for this damaging project: it has now tabled the legislation which will allow for the acquisition of public land for the cable car. The Govt has added the word ‘kunanyi’ into the title and little else has changed despite all the feedback it received on the draft legislation.
In an interesting development, the Hobart City Council says that a key reason given by the State Government for its legislation paving the way for a cable car on kunanyi/ Mt Wellington has ‘no weight’.
Tasmanian people: please make sure that your voice is heard by contacting the Legislative Council members to urge them to vote against the Bill. They will have the final say.
For further information check the page for Respect the Mountain.
September 14, 2017 at 7:50 am
“Close to 1,500 people recently signed a petition against the proposal.” and well over twice that number have signed a petition in favour. A little balance in your reporting wouldn’t go astray.
[Note from Cam: thanks for this, I wasn’t aware of the other petition. But this is a pro environment news website, not the mainstream media, and so publishes pro environmental positions and analysis. Anyway you look at it, the environmental impacts of this proposal outweigh any benefits].
September 14, 2017 at 10:28 am
‘Anyway you look at it’ – please elaborate OP, and demonstrate, WITH evidence how your opinion that ‘the environmental impacts of this proposal outweigh the benefits’ holds any gravitas. The bias and deliberate lies/misguided propaganda (I can’t tell which) in this ‘news’ article is atrocious.
…. Do you not realise that cableways are environmentally benign, and when installed to reduce road traffic, deliver a net environmental benefit? There are literally dozens of proven examples of this worldwide. Dubrovnik, Koblenz, Ngong Ping, even Kuranda here in Australia to name a few. You should try to find even one to the contrary with any slimmer of comparability before spreading such conjecture.
If this was genuinely a ‘pro environment news website’, and employed an ounce of critical thinking first, why wouldn’t you be questioning the unsubstantiated claims of ‘Respect the Mountain’? Or are you a spin-off of the climate deniers? Trump campaigner? or the flat-earth society perhaps?
In fact, you if are true to your mantra you should actually support this cableway project.
[Note from Cam: this is the first time we have had pro cablecar comments. Not sure if its co-ordinated, but I think to suggest Mountain Journal is a ‘spin off’ of the climate deniers or Trump campaigners is pretty special. Much better quality commentary than your average troll. Thanks for putting the effort in].