There has been a long running campaign by a developer to build a cable car up the face of Mt Wellington/ kunanyi in Hobart. The ‘vision’ experienced a major setback in June this year when Carlton United Breweries (CUB) ruled out selling or leasing land next to the Cascade Brewery to the Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) for the base station of the cable car.
Now there are news reports that MWCC is seeking permission to use land owned by Hobart City Council near to the brewery site.
The ABC reports that:
The Hobart tip may be the future home of a cable car base station after Carlton United Breweries (CUB) ruled out selling or leasing land next to the Cascade Brewery to the Mount Wellington Cableway Company in June.
The ABC understands an application made by the Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) is due to be considered in a closed meeting of the Hobart City Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee next week, but further details have not been released.
The Parks Committee can consider landowner consent issues.
Land owned by the Hobart City Council near the Cascade Brewery, which was previously MWCC’s preferred option for a base station, includes the South Hobart waste management centre at McRobies Gully and land at Old Farm Road.
MWCC previously said it was considering a base terminal at Old Farm Road as an alternative to starting the cable car from the Cascade Brewery.
However, there would be challenges with that site because the end of Old Farm Road is surrounded by land owned by CUB, which said it will not lease or sell to the company.
It is understood the site being considered now is the tip, which the council has a licence to use for landfill until 2030.
August 27, 2018 at 4:33 pm
I have just found this website about the Mt Wellington cable car proposal which I have been following through various ways, i.e. looking at Respect the Mountain and MWCC websites, ABC news articles and the Southern Cross Tasmania news online. Any petitions I have come across or any requests to present submissions I have carried out. The latest one was an email to the Hobart City Councillors thanking them for their support after their recent decision to stop access for the developer for a fauna and flora study in his attempt to take over council land to build a new access road for the base terminal.
As an expat Hobartian I regard this proposal as an abomination which should not be inflicted on our beloved mountain.
If you look at the MWCC proposal pictures of before and after on their website, you will see the cable car tower just above the Organ Pipes outlined against the sky which will deface the mountain’s natural, beautiful profile much more than the present telecommunication towers set further back on the summit. Also the proposed large building infrastructure will be a blot on the landscape.
There has also been instances of geological instability in the Organ Pipes in previous times. The 36 metre cable car tower will need extensive foundations to anchor it to the mountain. With the geological instability what guarantee do we have that the blasting and drilling for the tower foundations will not damage the Organ Pipes irretrievably?