Tasmanian Times

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Liberals Ignore Community Opposition, Back in Cable Car

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Member for Clark


The Hodgman Liberals have proven once again they are a government in lock step with big business in their latest move to progress a commercial cable car on kunanyi/Mt Wellington.


The Liberals are, as ever, bending over backwards for a private developer, ignoring public concern and over-riding proper planning process.


State Growth Minister, Peter Gutwein, gifted the Mount Wellington Cableway Company access to develop a planning application, despite Hobart City Council’s comprehensive rejection of the cable car proposal.


Another day, another gift of publicly owned land to a corporate buddy of the Liberals, despite strong community opposition.


The Liberals have been backing the latest push for cable car since it first reared its grotesque head.


From Opposition, they removed the Wellington Park Trust’s veto, then via their Cable Car Facilitation Bill 2017.  Both times supported by Labor.


Today we have witnessed the next stage of the Liberals’ generosity with public lands to private interests.


Where is Labor on this further move to privatise the summit of kunanyi?

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  1. MJF

    February 15, 2019 at 3:15 am

    Just downgrade to a zipline MWCC. The developers of such had no problems getting approval from the conservative BCC recently despite “strong community opposition”.


  2. TV Resident

    February 14, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    One does have to wonder just how much and how often money is being passed under the table to get these approvals for private businesses to virtually take over our public places …

  3. Kate

    February 14, 2019 at 10:14 am

    I think your argument would have carried more weight if you had simply referred to Mt Wellington as such and dropped the Kunanyi title.

    The indigenous people of Tasmania are an elitist minority group with their only claim to fame being they were the first hominids to arrive here, then completely obliterate a sensitive ecosystem with fire.

    • Tim Thorne

      February 14, 2019 at 11:18 am

      Linz, what is TT’s policy on racist comments?


      Tim, TT’s Code of Conduct


      under the section titled General Prohibitions, states …

      “You must not up-load, post, transmit or otherwise make available through this site any material which:
      is unlawful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, invasive of privacy, vulgar, obscene, profane or which may harass or cause distress or inconvenience to, or incite hatred of, any person.

      — Moderator

      • Tim Thorne

        February 14, 2019 at 2:43 pm

        How close does “hominid” come?

        • spikey

          February 14, 2019 at 7:11 pm

          I’m with Tim, though such a display of ignorant, racist vulgarity paints a broader picture of ‘Kate’.

          The comment itself could be entirely considered hate speak, and is, if it wasn’t so pathetically uninformed as to make a mockery of whoever uttered such rubbish.

    • Tim Thorne

      February 14, 2019 at 11:21 am

      Furthermore, why complain of elitism .. and then wish to continue calling a mountain after a duke?

      • Kate

        February 14, 2019 at 12:29 pm

        Actually, it was Cassy who was complaining about the elitist capitalist taking control of the mountain …

        • Tim Thorne

          February 14, 2019 at 2:45 pm

          She didn’t use the word “elitist”. Are you suggesting it equates with “capitalist”?

    • Frances Butler

      February 17, 2019 at 10:55 am

      Kate, how could you be any more ignorant? And racist?

      I hope you’re not someone I know.

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