The TCT today condemned the Draft Wellington Park Management Plan for proposing to allow virtually unfettered development at the summit of Mt Wellington.
The TCT Director Peter McGlone said today that: ‘The Draft Management Plan proposes to allow a cable car plus the associated infrastructure and commercial development on the summit of Mt Wellington which is totally incompatible with its delicate alpine environment and high scenic qualities.’
‘It is greatly disappointing that the while the draft plan provides ample evidence for why such development should not be allowed this evidence has been ignored, presumably in response to political pressure.’
The TCT urges all concerned members of the Tasmanian public to make submissions to the Draft Management Plan calling for the current prohibition on major commercial development on the summit to be retained and to encourage low key alternative transport to the summit instead of a cable car.
The TCT intends to issue a more detailed media release regarding its response to the Draft Management Plan later in the week.
Tasmanian Conservation Trust Inc
Ph: 03 62 343552
2nd fl, 191-193 Liverpool St, Hobart 7000
Fax: 03 62 312491
• Peter Whish-Wilson: Cable Car – the Real Deal or simply Climbing the Mountain of Conflict?
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Australian Greens spokesperson for Tourism, today expressed concern at the renewed push for a cable car on Mount Wellington and the new draft Wellington Park Management Plan which allows development at the summit of Mount Wellington.
“I recently met with Sky Rail owner and consultant Dr Ken Chapman in Cairns and he described the business case for a cable car on Mount Wellington as very complicated and far from certain to be economically viable.
“Any serious push to for a Mount Wellington cable car has in the past resulted in community division. In 1984 there was a serious push for a cable car and again in 1993 and on both occasions there was no economic backing, the project was not viable and the cable car was put aside.
“The Wellington Park Management Trust was then set up to protect the natural and cultural values of the Mountain and they have, until now, prohibited development, specifically cable cars, on the summit.
“There are existing well thought out developments and proposals for the mountain including the North-South bike track and the Springs development.
“We need to continue the discussion about development of the mountain and how we can enhance eco-tourism and economic performance without threatening its environmental and cultural values.”
Office of Senator Peter Whish-Wilson
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Senator Whish-Wilson’s protfolios include Tourism, Trade, Small Business and Competition Policy, Waste and Tasmanian Marine issues.