The Hodgman Government is committed to growing the economy and creating jobs through sensitive and sensible development in the state’s natural areas.
A cable car on Mount Wellington would be a game changer. It would showcase one of our most stunning natural landmarks, it would make the pinnacle more accessible to more people and, of course, it would create new jobs for Tasmanians.
The idea of a cable car on Mount Wellington has been around for over 100 years and it is time to take the next step.
Last month, we released for consultation draft laws that would enable a proposal to build and operate a cable car to be considered on its merits, by the Hobart City Council, under the normal planning process.
So far, there have been around 800 responses.
We have received a number of detailed and comprehensive submissions that provide substantial feedback on the draft laws and how they could be improved and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide a submission on the draft laws.
All of the responses will be considered carefully in finalising the draft legislation.
To be very clear:
• The proposed laws will not change the need for any cable car proposal to get all of the necessary approvals, including those that protect Tasmania’s natural environment, heritage and Aboriginal cultural values.
• Public land will not be sold as part of any cable car development; the Mountain will always remain public land.
• And if a cable car project does go ahead, all costs of the project will be paid for by the proponent, not the taxpayer.
The revised draft laws will be considered by Parliament later this year.
The submissions, as well as a summary of feedback, can be viewed here –
Matthew Groom, Minister for State Growth