On the MWCC’s IN THE NEWS page calamitous news is rarely reported, but you can read it below.
THE WORTHLESS MINISTERIAL AUTHORITY
June 24, 2019 Respect the Mountain reports that the two key studies into the mountain’s geotech and its flora and fauna, that were the subject of a comprehensive Ministerial Authority letter issued in March, had in fact commenced six months previously and were both completed before the Ministerial Authority was signed.
VISUAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT COMPETED WITHOUT SITE VISIT
June 14, 2019 The Mercury reports that the DA’s Visual Assessment Report was written by Melbourne consultants who assessed the visual impact without visiting the site. Instead of investigating or even looking at the mountain, they simply re-printed photo-montages prepared by the company. CEO Chris Oldfield shrugged off this oversight saying “If the Council had any concerns, they could contact the MWCC.” They did.
HALF THE DA DOES NOT EXIST
June 13, 2019 Creditably, the MWCC published its Development Application the day after submitting it to the Hobart City Council. MWCC CEO Chris Oldfield claimed that its 804 pages “answered just about every question that could possibly be asked of it”. In fact, only 540 pages were published. The 260 page miscount was initially explained as duplicate drawing sets and perhaps unpublished appendices, but as these amounted to only 50 pages (and why were duplicates ever in the page count?), so the hyper-aggrandising over-count is yet to be explained.
1000 PROTESTORS CREATE HUMAN “NO CABLE CAR” BANNER
May, 2019 One thousand protestors rallied at the cable car’s proposed base station site to form a human sign almost 100 metres long reading NO CABLE CAR.
PROMISE TO FUND COMES WITH STRINGS
March 14, 2019 - The MWCC applauds the Hobart City Council (first time in a long while) for seeking to list the eastern fave of the mountain as National Heritage and offers to help pay for the assessment on the condition that the cable car is operating. In other words: approve us and we will pay your bill. The offer does not even warrant comment by the HCC in response. It is a naked bribe.
SECRET DESTRUCTION PLAN REVEALED
February 14, 2019 - The Development Application does not arrive but the secret Ministerial Authority covering investigative works is “obtained” by Tasmanian Times. The Authority reveals the full extent of what it calls “destruction” and that the proponents have two years to complete their surveys.
M.W.C.C. D.A. M.I.A.
January 31, 2019 - The chairman of the MWCC told the Hobart City Council in December 2018 that the Development Application for the cable car would be lodged a month later, in January. Perhaps the dog ate it or it is lost in the post, but It did not arrive in January.
ORGAN PIPES OF NATIONAL HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE
December 04, 2018 - The Hobart City Council approves a proposal by Lord Mayor Reynolds and Alderman Briscoe to seek National Heritage status for the Organ Pipes.
BASE STATION ILLEGAL
November 30, 2018 - The MWCC’s Base Station is revealed to be in a Wellington Park Management Zone where tourist infrastructure is prohibited.
LANDOWNER CONTROL IS REAL
Hobart City Council legal advice confirms that Council retains its power to refuse to have a cable car on any of its facilities built on Council land. Its September 2018 decision (below) was not, as the Mercury suggested, “moot”.
MAYOR VOWS TO PROTECT THE MOUNTAIN
November 01, 2018 - In-coming mayor Anna Reynolds’ first public announcement is to “protect the mountain from inappropriate development”.
November 10, 2018 - In a Tas Weekend cover story My City Plan, REYNOLDS scotched the cable car proposal saying “I am not a fan of the current project because of its route over the Organ Pipes, the very substantial function centre built upon it, and the need to clear public bushland.” At face value these impacts on such a significant natural feature are “deal breakers”.
HOBART ELECTS ANTI-CABLE CAR COUNCIL & GREEN MAYOR
October 30, 2018 - The city elects as its new Lord Mayor an independent candidate who ran strongly on protecting the mountain. The city elects as Deputy Mayor the Greens candidate Helen Burnett.
ELECTORAL SUICIDE HOPE FADES. The MWCC had quoted (with conviction, on 22 August) the opinion of an unnamed media commentator who says the decision by Hobart aldermen to reject the cable car would prove 'electoral suicide'. The cable car appears to have drawn more Hobartians to vote that ever before and their votes have solidified the long-standing, multi-Council abhorrence of a cable car.
FULL STORY Where they sit.
ABJECT APOLOGY BY MWCC
FULL COUNCIL DENIES ALL ACCESS TO CABLE CAR
August 20, 2018 - The Hobart City Council confirms its Parks committee motion, voting 7:4 in favour.
PARKS COMMITTEE “NO!” TO CABLE CAR
August 09, 2018 - The Parks Committee of the Hobart City Council votes unanimously to refuse the MWCC consent to use any Council land for a cableway or any associated facilities.
NO APPREHENDED BIAS
AUGUST 06, 2018 - The MWCC had applauded a comment by Lord Mayor Christie that “Alderman risk breaching their code of conduct if they publicly comment or sign a petition on the cable car proposal.” On August 09 the General Manager of the HCC, Nick Heath, confirmed that Aldermen “speaking in favour or against might be able to defend their positions and “it would be very hard to make a case of apprehended bias against an alderman.”
August 04, 2018 - The Full Proposal, spruiked since 2014, turns out to be little more than the old MasterPlan except on a truncated alignment.
CABLE CAR “MASTERPLAN” DEAD
June 26, 2018 - The "MasterPlan" officially pronounced dead by MWCC. Entire proposal removed from website and “Update Pending” notice substituted.
CUB REJECTS CABLE CAR
June 25, 2018 - SKITTLED CUB refuses MWCC consent to build any part of their project on the Cascade estate.
POLL FINDS 70% OF HOBART RESIDENTS OPPOSE CABLE CAR
May 19, 2018 - Survey of South Hobart residents finds 70% opposed.
THOUSANDS RALLY TO DECRY CABLE CAR
May 06, 2018 - Thousands of Tasmanians rally in Hobart against the cable car, demonstrating that the company has not gained a social licence.
GOVT RESCINDS MWCC AUTHORITY
May 03, 2018 - MWCC fails to meet the requirements of its Ministerial Authority and is required to desist. The Government subsequently rescinds the MWCC’s Authority.
February 04, 2017 - The bid by the MWCC to have the cable car accepted by the State Government as a “Project of State Significance” is rejected by the Tasmanian Development Board.