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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


‘Mountain gathering calls on Cascade Brewery to protect kunanyi/Mt Wellington’

*Pic: Respect The Mountain’s pic of kunanyi

Respect the Mountain (RTM) and Residents Opposed to the Cable Car (ROCC) hosted a gathering at Cascade Brewery to send a clear message to Cascade Brewery to reject the proposed cable car and other developments that could impact the Mountain.

The gathering included representatives of the major groups opposing the cable car, along with prominent Tasmanian writers, photographers, architects and community leaders.

“Well-known Tasmanians have taken time out of their busy schedules to send a clear message to the Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), the owners of Cascade Brewery, that the people of Tasmania don’t want inappropriate developments on kunanyi / Mt. Wellington,” said Mr Ted Cutlan, a spokesperson for ROCC.

“The attached letter is signed by a remarkable line up of 16 prominent Tasmanians concerned about the proposed development.”

To date, CUB has not stated whether they are for or against this project which, to go ahead, would likely need to be partly located on Brewery land.

“As a valued part of the South Hobart community for over 190 years, with one of Australia’s most iconic brands, we are calling on CUB to say no to this destructive project,” Mr Cutlan concluded.

The participants signed an open letter (download below) calling on the management of Carlton United Breweries to ‘respect the mountain’ and rule out support for this proposal. The letter was also forwarded to their parent company A B InBev in Belgium.

Download prominent Tasmanian writers, photographers, architects and community leaders letter to CUB …




  1. Chris

    November 26, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I recall the school trips up to the summit by our Blind teacher, Mr Truscott.
    A trolley bus to the Cascades a trek up a track, meeting the road above the springs then from the Springs up the zigzag track to the summit, returning to Fern Tree and catching a bus (maybe a trolley bus ?) to Hobart.
    Why would anybody with more than one braincell touch this almost pristine landscape?
    Oh the Liberal Government backed private Dollar of course….why does Pulp Mill type corruption come to mind?

  2. elf

    November 28, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Lonely Planet has published a new cultural walking guide. Simplicity and spirit of place are all.

    Amazingly Hobart’s Gothic Cascades and also the flowery mountain are placed second in the book after the sacred places of northern Australia. The mountain is identified as a place of solace.

    I also had a rest in a fern at the library to listen to author A Blythe Cooper launch her new historical novel on the early history around the cascades. The story is an imaginative retelling of the life of a person called Sophia who walked on the mountain for refuge and solace. Perhaps the Cascades people may prefer her story to a cable car.

  3. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    November 28, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    One of the things I really loved about going to Launceston was the way The Cataract Gorge has been ‘developed’ over a period spanning from Edwardian times. The result is stunningly beautiful to the extent that I want to go there on a regular basis for picnics, walks, swims and (OMG) cable chair rides.

    And yes, I really love the now fully grown imperialist Edwardian botanical assembly of plants from all over the world, as part of a mix with the original bush, that so truly represents the emerging blend of of immigrant and indigenous plant life.

    And I am noticing that the swelling numbers of Chinese tourists seem to feel the same way, because they come by the bus load.

    And this brings me to the main point. Tasmania is going to economically live and die by its tourist industry. There is only so much that can be responsibly harvested from the timber and water resources of the state. And since we have seen fit to export our manufacturing to China, the least we can do is try and recover something from its tourists.

    Tourism has its own impacts of course, but they are nowhere near the ones we have exported with our lost secondary industry. Putting a lift up Mount Wellington is nothing vaguely like clear felling native forest or damming Lake Pedder. Carping about ‘pristine’ environments here smacks of a bit more NIMBY aesthetics than ecological concern.

    I have had to put up with a lot of anti windfarm ‘pristine’ rhetoric from ‘environmental’ preciouses where I come from, and it is a bit sick making, which in this case is made worse when accompanied by celebrity bandwagoning and the tut tuts of petty ‘community leading’ petty- bourgeois literary and academic ‘sensitives’.

    And as with the anti-windfarm people, the claimed environmental impacts are vague to say the least. Does more traffic actually mean ‘congestion’? Does the master plan meet those objections?

    Who says the damned thing is just ‘a cost’, won’t make money and provide desperately needed jobs in an economy with chronically high unemployment? Isn’t the taxpayer going to benefit from not having to maintain Mount Wellington infrastructure?

    How many trees will be removed and/or replanted? Tens? Hundreds? Thousands? Are they old growth originals or a mere thirty to forty years old. How old does a tree have to be to become a sacred site?

    One look at the plans might give some idea that it isn’t going to be thousands. We aren’t talking deforestation here.

    What does ‘defacing’ a landform mean other than a pejorative way of saying one doesn’t like the idea, any more than the city of Hobart itself is ‘defacing’ the sacred banks of the Derwent? Where does eco-whingeing stop?

    Bring on an orchestra of didgeridoos and a lamentation choir of thousands….and give the rest of us a break from the eco-babble by a self appointed ‘leadership’ that most Hobartians have never heard of.

    Go and have a look at the developer’s website (http://mtwellingtoncablecar.com/masterplan-1/) The project looks fantastic to me and makes the penguin observation platforms and facilities on Phillip Island look like meagre underperformers. It is already on my bucket list of places to visit. I can hardly wait as I am sure the 5300 petitioners who supported the plan when it went to parliament, where it passed overwhelmingly.

    Crying wolf on every development is counterproductive and just makes it that much harder to get up real environment campaigns. We have enough of them to keep us all busy for the next 10 millennia without this sort of baloney.

  4. MjF

    November 28, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    With the kind of sentiments expressed in the CUB letter from the usual suspects, I’m amazed Van Diemans Land ever progressed beyond being a penal colony and a squalid base for whalers.

    CUB ought to get off the fence, decide to publically support this project, stick it to ROCC and whoever else claims to be offended and enjoy the flow on benefits of increased patronage and visitor numbers.

    Tree clearing for three towers ? No, we couldn’t be having any of that, could we ?

    Can’t wait for the EMP to be released for public review.

    Why aren’t these critics advocating for removal of all existing infrastructure (including the summit road) off the mountain immediately just to be consistent ?

    Joke. Seriously.

  5. spikey

    November 28, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    when i want serious advice i go first to suspiciously overly eloquent homophobes with curious ideas on history and the future and humanity

    and second to shameless shills for our disgusting forestry disaster

    if i wanted a cable-car
    the last peeps i’d want to run it
    are the crooks
    currently trying to pull another swifty

    thats not those annoying birds fitch

  6. MjF

    November 28, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Still simmering riddler ?
    Change it up.
    Did you sign ? It sounds your style. good company too.

    Long lost Red ochre mines.

  7. John Wiseman

    December 1, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    I guess as tourism grows in Hobart the tourists will use private cars and buses to visit the top of the mountain. I thought the idea was mass public transport associated with green politics. A cable car using green energy versus all those vehicles?

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