This Sunday 6th May at 11am, thousands of residents from the greater Hobart region are expected to gather at the Cascade Gardens in South Hobart to protest the proposed cable car development.
With wide-ranging interest groups from colleges, tourism operators, environmentalists, mountain bikers, and local residents all expected to be heavily represented, this Sunday’s event could be a turning point in the long-winded argument about the Mount Wellington Cable Car Company and it’s proposed operation.
Recent developments such as The Mount Wellington Cable Car (MWCC) Company stating that the Government had directed them to “hold” on consulting the community and “go quiet” with the media, and the recent revelation that the MWCC Company was undertaking work on the mountain without a permit, have only served to strengthen the communities’ resolve against this proposal.
Organisers of the ‘Mountain MayDay’ are calling on the Minister to cancel the authority granted to the Cable Car Company, and are calling on locals to contact their local members, get informed about the development, and come along to the May Day to show their support.
Speeches will start at 11am and will include a Welcome to Country from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, speeches from Bob Brown, Andrew Wilkie MP, Anna Reynolds and esteemed author and Man Booker Prize Winner Richard Flanagan.
The proposed cable car has long been a contentious issue with many residents concerned about lack of transparency from the government and the complete absence of any community consultation.
The proposed Cable Car would run directly over the organ pipes on kunanyi/Mt Wellington with bus-sized capsules ferrying thousands of tourists to a multi-storey structure at the peak each day.
Residents Opposed to the Cable Car and Respect The Mountain have expressed grave concern over the impact this development could have on Tasmania’s tourism economy, as well as the impact on traffic congestion and local way-of-life.
Residents Opposed to the Cable Car and Respect The Mountain