THE MASTER DISASTER-PLAN
The reason why the MWCC had to re-write its Masterplan is obvious—CUB said “No”—but the MWCC, presumably to avoid admitting to dissimulation and botched negotiations with CUB, offers a convoluted alternative explanation: the damned Hobart City Council! Its rezoning of the bushland behind Cascade Brewery “made the original alignment above the forest canopy near-impossible” and consequently, the “clear way forward was project-specific legislation” [i.e the Cable Car Facilitation Act 2017].
If the rezoning in 2015 made the Masterplan near-impossible, why did the MWCC continue to spruik its Masterplan until August 2018, and what does the Cable Car Facilitation Act have to do with the bushland behind Cascade Brewery?
No, no. The reason for re-routing the cableway was because in May 2018 Carlton and United Breweries told the MWCC that they would not consent to the MWCC using the bushland behind the Cascade Brewery (or any other piece of their estate) for any cable car works. The MWCC did not abandon its original plan for a base station—set in the verdant, leafy, manicured Cascade Gardens—to start instead at the arc mesh fence outside the Hobart tip without a fight, but after it lost that fight, spurned and evicted, it was forced to come up with a Plan B. The Full Proposal is Plan B.
SAME ALIGNMENT, SHORTER ROUTE
The original Alignment debacle forced the MWCC to cut their journey in half and remove the gondola ride and the mid-journey fun park. It had to come up with new spin for Plan B. Here it is. The new route is “a shorter, simpler, straight-line alternative”. Contrary to the claim that the new Masterplan “allows us to honour all of our voluntarily adopted community parameters”, it has failed its own original tests as well as its new, watered-down tests and now adds the destruction of threatened habitat to its many other deleterious environmental impacts. Unfortunately, the environmental impact of Plan B is not less, it is more.