Deja Vu is dedicated to the cable car’s distinguished archivist Richard Glazebrook

when The route cannot be changed the destination is the same

Seemingly pulled from today’s news, these astonishing headlines are all more than twenty-five years old.

HCC SERVED WITH CABLE CAR PETITION — JOY AT LORD MAYOR'S CABLE CAR OPPOSITION CABLE CAR FAST TRACK
 — CABLE CAR LAW MOVE STIRS FURY — CASCADE IS CONCERNED — GOVT. TO PROP UP CABLE CAR — CABLE CAR GETS BACKING FROM TOP OF TOURISM TASMANIA — TREASURER CANNOT UNDERSTAND CABLE CAR FUSS — GREENS LINE UP [PETER] HODGMAN OVER CABLE CAR STUDY — LEGCO CANDIDATES OPPOSE CABLE CAR — CONCERN ON CABLE CAR TERMINAL — SKYWAY PROJECT LOSING SUPPORT — POLL FINDS HOBART MAJORITY OPPOSED
 — CABLE CAR CRITICS SAY ‘END IS NIGH
‘ — CABLE CAR HAS UNTIL MONDAY TO STAY ALIVE
CABLE CAR PLAN FOILED — MONEY SPENT ON SKYWAY WAS WORTH IT: HODGMAN

A quarter of a century later, here are the headline highlights of how the Skyway cable car project for Mount Wellington fell head over heels.

For extra hilarity, here is an expanded list of every headline in Skyway’s hopeless history.

For the insatiably curious, here is a history of even older failed attempts to put a cableway up the mountain.

1988

CABLE CAR PLANS 'MONTHS AWAY': MUCH WORK STILL TO DO—DEVELOPER Mercury 12 March p4

COUNCIL MOVE ON CABLE CAR FAILS
 Mercury 24 March p 16

HCC SERVED WITH CABLE CAR PETITIONMercury 25 March p 4

1989

JOY AT LORD MAYOR'S CABLE CAR OPPOSITIONMercury 24 January p 23

1992

CABLE CAR PLAN BACK ON DRAWING BOARDMercury 30 May p 4


1993

CABLE FAST TRACK
 Mercury 25/6 p 1-2,3,7


CABLE CAR'S BYPASS ROUTE Mercury 26/6 p 1,4-5

CABLE CAR SPLITS HCCSunday Tas. 27/6 p 5


CABLE CAR BOOSTED AND BUFFETEDMercury 29/6 p 5

CROWD HITS CABLE PLAN Mercury 30/6 p 1,3

CABLE CAR DOUBTED AS VIABLE OPERATIONMercury 5/7 p 5


[SOUTH HOBART] RESIDENTS VOTE AS ONE AGAINST CABLE CAR Mercury 23/7 p 12 

NO FAST-TRACK FOR CABLE CAR Mercury 31/7 p 6 

HIGH-PROFILE PROTEST [CLIMBERS ON HEC BUILDING]
 Togatus August 1993 p 19


STATE ACTS ON CABLE CAR: SPECIAL RESERVE ON WELLINGTON Mercury 3/8 p 1-2 

TWO ASKED FOR CABLE-CAR FUNDS Mercury 7/8 p 4 

CABLE-CAR LAW MOVE STIRS FURY Mercury 16/8 p 1-2

CABLE CAR THREAT TO MPs Mercury 19/8 p 3 

NO NEED TO ACQUIRE LAND FOR CABLE CAR Mercury 20/8 p 5

CASCADE IS CONCERNED Mercury 21/8 p 3 

RESIDENTS WILL GET MORE SAY ON THE CABLE CAR Mercury 27/8 p 3

BALLOON GOES UP ON CABLE CAR TOWER Mercury 15/9 p 8

SKYWAY TOWER IMAGERY BLASTED Mercury 24/9 p 3

GOVT. TO PROP UP CABLE CAR: GREENS Mercury 8/10 p 4 

NAN JOINS FIGHT FOR MOUNTAN [Nan Giblin]
 Mercury 9/10 p 7


ONE TOWER GETS CHOP AS CABLE CAR PLAN ALTERS Mercury 9 Oct p 7 

CABLE-CAR FIGHT SNOWBALLS: HUNDREDS RALLY, FEDERAL MINISTER JOINS FRAY Mercury 11/10 p?


CABLE CAR GETS BACKING FROM TOP OF TOURISM
 Mercury 15/10 p ?

$2M MAY GO TO CABLE CAR FUNDINGMercury 20/10 p ?

TREASURER CANNOT UNDERSTAND CABLE CAR FUSS
 Mercury 25/10 p ?

MLCs ‘MISLED’ ON CABLE CAR: SCHULZEMercury 28/10 p 5

OUTCRY OVER CABLE CAR MOVE Mercury 29/10 p 3

LIBS REFUSE TO RELEASE ALL OF CABLE CAR STUDY Mercury 4/11 p 7 

GREENS LINE UP HODGMAN OVER CABLE CAR STUDY
 Mercury 5/11 p 7

ALP UPS HEAT ON CABLE CAR FUNDS
 Mercury 10/11 p 7

CABLE CAR PLAN 'BLOW TO HOUSE VALUES'
 Mercury 16/11 p 33

CABLE CAR A GOER: REPORTMercury 17/11 p 1


$6M CABLE CAR REVENUE CLAIMExaminer 18/11 p 7

CONCERN ON CABLE CAR TERMINALMercury 19/11 p 7


CABLE CAR PROJECT STILL UP THE AIRMercury 30/12 p 9


1994

MORE TIME SOUGHT FOR SKYWAY SUBMISSIONSMercury 27/1 p 7

BIAS FEARS RAGE OVER CABLE CAR
 Mercury 14/2 p 7

CABLE CAR'S COST TO SOCIETY [UK Economist M. Jacobs] Mercury 8/3 p 7


WALKERS DECLARE WAR ON CABLE CAR
 Mercury 14/3 p 5


STUDY OF CABLE CAR VIABILITY + IMPACT OUT SOONGlenorchy Star 29/3 p 7

CABLE CAR IMPACT ASSESSED BY WELLINGTON TRUST
 Bay City Star 29/3 p 8


CLASH OVER CABLE CAR POLLMercury 31/3 p 4


STATE CANS MORE FUNDS FOR SKYWAYMercury 15/04 p 3

UPPER HOUSE HOPEFULS SLAM CABLE CAR PROJECTMercury 20/5 p 8

SKYWAY'S TOWERING CHALLENGE: THE DETAILS Mercury 2/6 p 10, 4

ALP, UNIONS SLACKEN CABLE CAR SUPPORT Mercury 2/6 p 4, 10

CHEERS AS BRAKES GO ON CABLE CAR
 Mercury 3/6 p 6

SKYWAY PROJECT LOSING SUPPORT
 Examiner 13/6 p 13

SINGAPORE INTEREST IN CABLE CAR
 Mercury 20/7 p 7

CABLE CAR INVESTORS WARNED
 Advocate 20/7 p 14

CABLE CAR LETTER 'PLANTED'Mercury 9/8 p 1, Advocate 9/8 p 7

CABLE CAR VIABILITY REPORT WILL NOT BE MADE PUBLIC Mercury 16/9 p 7 

EXAMINING RISKS OF CABLE CAR FUNDING 
by Max Atkinson Mercury 21/9 p 21
 

MORE FUNDS FOR CABLE CAR ANGERS OPPOSITION Mercury 23/9 p 12 

SKYWAY DEVELOPERS EXAMINE REPORT ON CABLE CAR Mercury 7 Oct. p 8

ADDING UP CABLE CAR PLUSES by Tim Burbury Mercury 27/10 p 12

NEW CLOUD OVER CABLE CAR PLAN Mercury 19 December p 1

1995

‘NO’ TO CABLE CAR: POLL FINDS HOBART MAJORITY OPPOSED
 Mercury 9/1 p 1

SKYWAY DEVELOPER 'CONFIDENT'
 Mercury 10/1 p 5

INVESTORS CLOSE TO CABLE CAR DECISIONMercury 1/2 p 7

CABLE CAR CRITICS SAY END IS NIGHMercury 2/2 p 5

CABLE CAR HAS UNTIL MONDAY TO STAY ALIVE
 Mercury 10/2 p 9

KERR CALLS FOR CABLE CAR BID TO BE DITCHEDMercury 14/2 p 5

SKYWAY SETS DEADLINE: 6 MONTHS TO GET CABLE CAR UP AND RUNNING Mercury 21/2 p 3

CABLE CAR PLAN MAY BE SCRAPPEDExaminer 21/2 p 2

CABLE CAR PLAN FOILEDAdvocate 21/2 p 2

MONEY SPENT ON SKYWAY WAS WORTH IT: HODGMAN
 Mercury 22/2 p 2

Acknowledgements

Libraries Tasmania newspaper database