THE mwcc HAS few friends

The Mount Wellington cable car company’s CEO says opponents of his scheme are "only a small, unqualified handful". Who are they?

Only a small, unqualified handful oppose the cable car and none of their remaining reasons stack up.
— Mount Wellington cable car company
80,000 Tasmanian oppose the cable car. No conservation organisation supports it. Community and recreational groups as well as expert urban planners and landscape architects proffer multiple, detailed reasons against it.
— Mountain Preservation Society

When you show a 360 degree VR animation of “skybuses” ascending the blue yonder over the Organ Pipes, but not what this requires: not the tree-felling in Myrtle Gully, not the pylon blasting above the Organ Pipes, not the excavation of alpine moors and tors at the Pinnacle—to make way for a shopping centre—do that and you end up with …

A stack of Detractors

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Have not been consulted and have asked the proponents to remove claims to the contarary from their website. They haven’t.
"CUB will not sell or lease any Cascade land to the Mount Wellington Cableway Company."
These stout defenders of everything wild have opposed the cable car's intrusion.

These stout defenders of everything wild have opposed the cable car's intrusion.

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I will never give up. Opposition is just fuel.
— Adrian Bold
Perseverance is a virtue, but “never” is a curse. What if you face opponents who, like you, will never give up? This incites a conflagration. Those who want change must take the community with them. “I will never recant.” are the words of a madman, a heretic upon a burning pyre.
— Mountain Preservation Society
"A small, unqualified handful" of people protesting the MWCC Masterplan, 2018

"A small, unqualified handful" of people protesting the MWCC Masterplan, 2018

Academics' disapproval

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

Who supports the cable car? Read more: Lukewarm Supporters

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Organisations: Residents Opposed to the Cable Car (ROCC). Respect the Mountain. The Divze Trust

websitesTasmanian TimesABC OnlineMercury newspaper

Individuals: Rob Blakers, Richard Flanagan, Geoff Law, Bob Burton. Others quoted without acknowledgement: tell us! and please forgive us—we will add you.

Sources: Wellington Park Management Trust. Tasfintalk, Bureau of MeteorologyTROVEThe Mercury Archive, Libraries TasmaniaTasmanian Aboriginal Centre, Overland magazine: A cablecar named Desire.