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Adventure and Wilderness

Drilling on kunanyi … shocking details of Liberal Government plans …

And, off the back of a truck comes details of state Liberal Government plans to drill on kunanyi/Mt Wellington …

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  1. MJF

    February 26, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    I note in the permit Doppelmayr Australia Pty Ltd is misspelt as “Doppelmayer”. Does this now mean employees of the correct company have no authorisation to enter the sites ?

  2. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    February 24, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Shocking? Naaah. But what is surprising is the trouble the government is going to to make sure that whatever works are done are as low impact and kept as small in area as is humanly possible, and whatever disturbance there is to vegetation, it has to be remedied immediately after the works are finished. I note that the drilling rig is being craned in by helicopter.

    I think if that is the spirit in which this very low environmental impact project proceeds, Hobart will get an international landmark project of which it can be proud and a prominent display of Tasmania’s commitment to (hopefully) deliver low impact tourist infrastructure across the state, so that the next generation of Tasmanians have something to live on besides government funded employment and welfare handouts.

    While I appreciate that a lot of the opposition to this project is coming from people who are very comfortable living off state wealth redistribution, there are others who would like to be involved in industries that create the wealth that make the redistributions possible, and, conceivably enable Tasmania to get off the bottom rung as the poorest state in the Commonwealth.

    “And what about the aboriginals?” I hear someone cry. Well what about them? Mount Wellington is no more a sacred site than much of the rest of the Derwent valley, which would be stiff with them after having had 40-50 thousand years of hunter gathering to make them up as they went along, I would have thought,

    It seems to me that if one has run out of any other social and political capital, bring on the aboriginals and we’ll all be saved; you know, ‘the vibes’ of the landscape and tall tales and true from the legendary past….and the ‘white fellas’ ideological Disneyland of their dreams, populated by characters of straw that empower the narratives of their puppeteers…and no one else.

    You lot screwed up the last election. You have likely got Gutwein until 2022. Eat crow. Repent. Try not to f**k it up next time so that you get a government that is more likely to make sure less visible tourist infrastructure projects are as much a model of low impact development.as the Mount Wellington skyrail is.

    • Peter Clark

      March 4, 2019 at 4:04 pm

      Love your work Chris

  3. Mike Seabrook

    February 18, 2019 at 1:37 am

    fact 1 – project not viable unless restrictions and costs of parking and access on using the road from the springs to the mountain top – look at cable cars world wide

    fact 2. government special deals and handouts in getting this up = less custom and questions business viability of other businesses fighting for the cruise ship and other passengers/customers dollars.

    fact3. – the councillors and politicians love carpet baggers and love receiving political donations.

  4. Rob Halton

    February 17, 2019 at 2:45 am

    One does not have to be Green to protect prominent natural landscapes from unnecessary interference by man made contraptions.

    I will bet any money Hobart warrior Mayor Anna Reynolds will lead another charge to protect our mountain from cable car, the masses will continue to support her, leaving the Hodgman government red faced, again I might add!

    I strongly support getting Airwalk back into business asap, reopening of Arve road now that the fire danger is well past, same for Scotts Peak Road, Styx Road and Florentine Road to get the tourists, locals and bush walkers back before the winter weather sets in.
    Burnt bush has its own sort of intrigue, something all Australians and tourists need to be acquainted with sooner than later.

    Time is flying too fast the fire authorities have done their job dont let political over correctness stand in the way of progress!
    Forest towns like Geeveston and Maydena need their tourists back now!

    The fool government instead stirs up old wounds and divisions, leave mt Wellington alone.

    • Mike Seabrook

      February 19, 2019 at 6:35 pm

      get the huon valley economy moving – building with a dam on the lower huon river – fire management/wild life refuge/main street of huonville flood minimisation/tourism/fishing and hydro electricity of course – less than 1 hour from hobart – was near the top of the list of priorities for hydro development when the labor party bought the greens prefs and won the election.

      • Chris

        February 26, 2019 at 9:44 am

        What use a Dammed dam when its source water lies in Lake Pedder behind a dam?

  5. John Biggsj

    February 16, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Gutwein is an autocratic mate-provider, here in this case, as Pete so well points out, following in the Lennon tradition.

    And what about the Treasury Buildings? Our most important piece of history, and from the Town Hall up, a wonderful art and tourist venture of absolutely unique quality. Even Hodgman has a yen for it, but no matter .. Gutwein pulls the strings here.

    But as the poor chap has trouble balancing his books [just ask John Lawrence, Martyn Goddard or Ruth Forrest (Mercury 15 Feb)], he is selling off this unique set of the Treasury Buildings to the highest bidder, someone who now doubt will be from China or Singapore, as a 6 star hotel.

    • Mike Seabrook

      February 19, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      save $100 million cost by not remediating macquarie point (removal of functional sewerage treatment plant) and focus on development of the other side of sullivans cove/salamanca/battery point

  6. Heather Sculthorpe

    February 16, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Whose land? Whose approval and permission? Where is the Aboriginal voice in all this?

    And there’s only one small mention of Aboriginal heritage in all that document!

  7. Pete Godfrey

    February 16, 2019 at 8:37 am

    It seems that it doesn’t matter what the people want, does it?

    As David Rowe suggests, it is akin to the Pulp Mill debacle. A mate wants to build something to make money, and if people get in the way then bad luck for them, as it is going ahead no matter what the people want.

    All we can hope for is that the wind blows very strongly often, and it’s a commercial failure. Then we may see it all taken down.

    Tasmanian governments have shown time and again that they are not there to listen. They are there to keep their jobs and help mates make money.

  8. David Rowe

    February 16, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Well that didn’t take long, did it Mr. Gutwin? The ants are at work already. Can you see this going in the same direction as the Gunns affair Mr. Gutwin?

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