mwcc HAS a stack of Detractors
The Mount Wellington cable car company’s CEO says opponents of his scheme are "only a small, unqualified handful". Who are they?
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PROMINENT CRITICS OF THE PROPOSAL
Leigh Carmichael, Dark Lab Creative Director
Academics at the University of Tasmania have raised multiple and serious concerns about the proposed cable car project.
Hannah Murphy Gregory is a senior lecturer in politics at the University of Tasmania. She researches projects that do not have a broad social licence. Her prognosis for the cable car is not sanguine. Favourable political treatment is not sufficient. Changing community views is the problem, and that, she says, is a hard ask. "Given the intensity of attachment to kunyani as iconic and Tasmania's image of unspoilt wilderness, I don't think it will be built."
Anne Hardy is a senior lecturer at the University of Tasmania and the Director of the Tourism Research and Education Network (TRENd). She is a specialist in tribal marketing, the drive tourism and recreational vehicle market and issues related to sustainability. Anne is particularly interested in collaborative research that forms two way linkages between the university and the broader tourism industry.
Professor Kirkpatrick The geographer and conservation ecologist, Distinguished Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, has been awarded the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research and an Order of Australia for service to forest and world heritage conservation. He writes that "We sing to the landscape “a fish farm here, a hotel there, here a shining cable car, there a great big mine”, as we seek the holy grail of jobs and growth, but there is a countervailing emotional force, a love of places as they are, induced by the places as much as by us. This force can impel people to protect landscapes from the very changes that others are trying to sing into existence.
Associate Professor Kate Crowley
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Who supports the cable car? Lukewarm Supporters
Organisations: Residents Opposed to the Cable Car (ROCC). Respect the Mountain. The Divze Trust
Individuals: Rob Blakers, Richard Flanagan, Geoff Law, Bob Burton. Others quoted without acknowledgement: tell us! and please forgive us—we will add you.