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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Wind on kunanyi/Mt Wellington and MWCC’s proposed cable car …

*Pic TCT: Image from HERE, where you can sign a PETITION …

Letter to the Editor

CERTU, the technical agency of the French ministry for energy, ecology and sustainable planning and development, published a report on “Aerial cableways as urban transport systems” in 2011. This report states that, “Poor weather, and in particular high winds, are the main causes for service interruptions. The maximum acceptable wind speeds vary from 70 to 110 km/h depending on the technology used.”

High winds are therefore the main environmental factor affecting the economics of any cable car, particularly one located in the Roaring Forties on the side of kunanyi/Mt Wellington at 42.9°S.

The Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) has made various statements about the company’s proposed cable car on kunanyi/Mt Wellington and wind in the past that have included: “the cable car could safely and comfortably operate in winds up to and sometimes in excess of 100 km/h”; “the cable car offers incredible reliability of up to 120km/h cross winds”; “We’ve established an operational limit of 80km/h N/NW as a comfort threshold”.

In the MWCC’s Spring Edition 2017 Newsletter, released 12 September 2017, the company has most recently stated, “Our preferred route & two-staged system can comfortably operate in 97.75% of all wind conditions recorded since 1961.” While using all wind condition data recorded since 1961 is admirable, at a time of rapid climate change it may be more prudent to give more credence to weather observations made recently over those made up to 56 years ago.

Observations made by the Bureau of Meteorology from the summit of kunanyi/Mount Wellington show that in the 365 days from 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017: 177 or 48% of the days had wind gusts greater than 70 km/h, 137 or 38% of the days had wind gusts greater than 80 km/h, 29 or 8% of the days had wind gusts greater than 110 km/h, and 12 or 3% of the days had wind gusts greater than 120 km/h.

Of the 137 days that had wind gusts greater than 80 km/h, 33 or 9% of the 365 days experienced gusts from a N/NNW/NW direction at least once during the day. The gustiest months of the past 12 months were October to January when each of these months had greater than 16 days per month with gusts greater than 70 km/h.

This gusty period overlaps with the month of January, which is the month that has had the highest visitation rates to the Mountain from 2006 to 2016, and when there is likely to be greatest demand for the proposed MWCC cable car if it is built.

The Bureau of Meteorology observations are from the top of kunanyi/Mt Wellington, not the side of the mountain that will be traversed by MWCC’s proposed cable car, so it is difficult to reconcile this data with MWCC’s various statements about how often the company’s proposed cable car service will be interrupted by wind.

However, it is probably not unreasonable to assume that regardless of whether the proposed cable car is operational or not, most people would prefer to avoid the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington in wind gusts greater than 80 km/h, which occurred on 38% of the days in the past twelve months.

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  1. Second Opinion

    September 25, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    The Legislative Council Hansard record for September 21, is now online.
    You will have to search “cable car”


  2. Second Opinion

    September 25, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I believe the Mount Wellington/kunanyi Cable Car facilitation Act will be proclaimed today.

    There is not yet a Hansard record of the Legislative Council proceedings on September 21 that were concluded with a vote of 10 to 1 in favour….

  3. Clive Stott

    September 25, 2017 at 3:43 am

    How many cable cars are proposed?
    How many people in each cable car?
    How often will a cable car run?
    How do they propose to get increased numbers of people off the mountain if the cable cars can’t run?
    What goes up must come down.

  4. Chris

    September 21, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Me mum, bless her late heart, always told the story of having a cake of chocolate blown from her hand as she crested the zig zag track near the summit, never to be seen again.(the chocolate that is, my mum lasted many years after that).
    Questions arise:-
    Will chocolate be banned on the Fat Controllers winch?

    Will any rubbish dumped on the summit be illegal and will the Stationary Minister for Health instigate a clean up?

    Will other travellers to the mountain retain their freedom to go by car be restricted or charged a toll to “subsidise” this Gutwhiner/Eyebrow lifters folly, much like the trees being sold by the Wood Clearer?

    Will canvas awnings be erected to hide the structures so that the cables and infrastructure are not able to despoil the panorama?
    Will seal skins be utilised to keep the passengers warm as well as reducing the danger to the shite deposits at the Exclusive Brothers eyesores at Oakhampton?

  5. Russell

    September 19, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Sounds like a good place for some wind generators?

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