The long campaign against a cable car that has been proposed for kunanyi/ Mt Wellington, in Hobart, has entered a pivotal moment, with the developers having lodged a development application for the proposal.

In response, local group Residents Opposed to the Cable Car has issued a statement outlining how they will be ramping up their campaign against this unpopular and destructive project.

The following comes from Residents Opposed to the Cable Car:

The past week has been significant for the campaign. On the 12th of June the Mercury reported the resignation of the Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC)’s Chief Financial Officer as a director in the company. The next day Chris Oldfield and Adrian Bold stood on kunanyi and announced their development application (DA).

Within 24 hours it was apparent that they had not submitted an Aboriginal heritage assessment and the author of the visual impact assessment never came to Hobart – never looked at the mountain. They did it all from Melbourne. They have also left out a large amount of

The City of Hobart are not only being asked to approve an aerial tram over the organ pipes, a base station 29 metres high, a 4 storey building on the pinnacle and a massive road carved through public trails and protected bushland. The City of Hobart are being asked to approve sending more than 180,000 extra vehicles into suburban South Hobart, to endorse a complete lack of consultation and to effectively ignore the community that votes them in.

What can you do? 

Contact the Hobart City councillors

They are the ones who will ultimately reject or approve the proposal. Remind them that they are your elected representatives and their role is to represent the local community and not to facilitate land grabs by private developers.

Start drafting a submission

MWCC has released 500 pages of its 800 page DA on its website. Despite the company’s professed commitment to accountability, 300 pages of the DA are missing. What’s missing is anyone’s guess. Perhaps the elusive business case that we are yet to see!

At some stage there will be two-week window to write a submission. We don’t know when this will be, but here is some good advice on how to write one if you want to get started now.

Attend one of the great events coming up

We’ve got some great events coming up. This Saturday is a fundraiser at the Ferntree Arts Hall, 10 Stephenson Place, Fern Tree from 12pm to 5pm with an eclectic mix of local bands.

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“Behind Closed Doors” Peaceful Vigil

Please join us in a peaceful vigil outside the Wellington Park Management Trust Meeting to highlight the Trust’s continued involvement in pushing this inappropriate proposal. The Trust simply need to adhere to their management plan.

Cnr Elizabeth and Davey St
9am, Wednesday 26th June
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6.30pm for 7pm start, Saturday 3rd August
Ferntree Community Hall, 8 Stephenson Place, Fern Tree

Do you love the mountain as well as a bit of trivia? Then this is the perfect event for you! Help us raise funds for our campaign whilst showing off your encyclopedic knowledge of everything from dinosaurs to dancehall. Get a team of 8 friends together – or team up with some friendly strangers.

Book your tickets

Please support us

We need to hire expert town planners, visual impact assessors, ecologists, geologists and engineers to critique MWCC’s DA. Can you help chip in for this work? Or better still, do you know someone who might be prepared to offer their expertise to us pro-bono? Then please get in touch!

Yours for the mountain,

Residents Opposed to the Cable Car