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"Just get this thing built!" cry cable car devotees with increasing exasperation. 

But in August 2018—yet again—the Mount Wellington cable car company (MWCC) silently re-set its project clock, pushing its Target Opening another year into the future, thus retaining its never-ending promise of completion “within three years".

This is the MasterPlan's digital clock just before it was stopped, counting down the minutes to "Operation"..

This is the MasterPlan's digital clock just before it was stopped, counting down the minutes to "Operation"..

This is the new clock for  The Full Proposal .

This is the new clock for The Full Proposal.

Hopefully, once its open, I’ll be saying, ‘You know, we actually managed to get this thing built on budget and on time...’.
— Adrian Bold

It is crucial to public perception that the MWCC appear at all times certain and in control, always at a precise point on a clear path with a build date in the near future. And it always is; it is just that the target keeps shifting.

In the beginning, in 2010, the build was ambitiously hoped to be completed within five years, but as that time approached, in 2013, the operational date was pushed out to the summer of 2017. By mid-April 2014, the gap briefly closed (to late 2016) but the year after that (2015) operation was pushed back again: out to 2018. Then in 2016 the Target Opening was delayed again to April 16th, 2020*. In 2018 company director Adrian Bold said to camera "Our plan has always been a ten year plan" (i.e 2012) but only a month later it was changed to 2021.

The Circle Game

A typical project Timeline proceeds in a straight line with rows of actions being completed, sometimes concurrently, but the MWCC process is a set of seperate, endlessly spinning circles.

(Hover over circles)

Over 60% of Hobartians are either against the cable car or uncertain about it. Not complete.

Over 60% of Hobartians are either against the cable car or uncertain about it. Not complete.

The feasibility of the new route suffered a catastrophic "setback" after the Hobart City Council denied access across its land to the proposed Base Station. Not Complete.

The feasibility of the new route suffered a catastrophic "setback" after the Hobart City Council denied access across its land to the proposed Base Station. Not Complete.

No "full" detailed proposal has ever been shown to the public. Land holder consent has been refused by individuals, Council's and corporations. Site investigation permission has been withdrawn.Site investigation permission has been withdrawn.

No "full" detailed proposal has ever been shown to the public. Land holder consent has been refused by individuals, Council's and corporations. Site investigation permission has been withdrawn.Site investigation permission has been withdrawn.

No Planning application   has   been   lodged. It is promised for February 2019, leaving 3 months for approval.

No Planning application has been lodged. It is promised for February 2019, leaving 3 months for approval.

No building has commenced. The 18 month build MUST commence in May, 2019.

No building has commenced. The 18 month build MUST commence in May, 2019.

No Operation has commenced. The MWCC website has neglected to alter the OPERATION Status date to 2021.

No Operation has commenced. The MWCC website has neglected to alter the OPERATION Status date to 2021.

Status Circles update: January 2019

Nine years since the MWCC unveiled their ambition...nothing is built and the project is beset with multiple planning issues. Eight years "work" and the cableway is no more than an idea, no more substantial or significantly progressed beyond its promotional website. 

A cableway up kunyani is an out-of-time dream whose day will never come, no matter how many clocks the MWCC start, no matter how many little green circles it draws.

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* Subject to Council Approval

The MWCC proposal is snowed down with asterisks: the whisky bar*, the new boardwalks*, the Section 1 Gondolas*, Section 1* itself, the Visitor Centre*, the Interpretation Centre*, the lookouts*, the New Observatory*, the cleansing* of the skyline*, the kunanyi cafe*, the Pinnacle Restaurant*, the build dates*, even the images themselves ... they are all TBC (To Be Confirmed) and * "Subject to Approval." Over the entire cable car proposal hangs a large *

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LACK OF PROGRESS TO DATE

Below its Status Report the MWCC website lists the milestones of its “progress”. Here are the project’s millstones, bad press and lack of progress.

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