A cable car facility leading to the summit of Mt Wellington would present an obvious danger to all glider pilots. The flight-path to their default landing area in South Hobart would cross an area of sky strung with multiple wire cables and moving passenger cabins the size of buses.

Existing flyers threatened  by the proposed cableway

Existing flyers threatened  by the proposed cableway

Experienced Paragliders and Hang Gliders have been flying from the summit of Mt Wellington for many years, all year 'round.

Their sport is provided for within the Wellington Park Management Plan and a launch site has been approved for that purpose.

Their flights sometimes lead them up the Derwent Valley beyond New Norfolk; into the Midlands; down the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, but more commonly they land in South Hobart on paddocks owned by the Cascade Brewery (as per an agreement they have with each other).

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The proponent's assertion that "the summit of Mt Wellington could be used for a ParaGliding/Hang Gliding school, or tandem joy-flights" is nonsense, due to the demanding nature of flying from Mt Wellington and the lack of a nearby landing area suited to those particular operations.

A cable car facility running from any base station to the summit of Mt Wellington would obviously present a danger to PG/HG pilots, in the form of multiple wire cables strung through the sky. Their flight-path to their default landing area in South Hobart would involve crossing through an area of sky containing multiple wire cables and moving passenger cabins; something that they currently do not have to worry about.

Existing approved users of Mt Wellington, should not have their current activities disrupted, or made dangerous, by new proposals that clash with those existing users.