The banner image for the MWCC’s Project Status website page shows Adrian Bold holding a map of the Golden Gully Site. The status of the Golden Gully site is “Abandoned.”

The banner image for the MWCC’s Project Status website page shows Adrian Bold holding a map of the Golden Gully Site. The status of the Golden Gully site is “Abandoned.”

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

It is crucial to public support that the MWCC appear at all times certain and in control, always at a precise point on a clear path to completion. The build date is known and in the near future, certainly before the next election. And the build date always is; it’s just that the date keeps changing. Time and again, the day upon which the great cableway will open retreats another year or two into the future.

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"..

In August 2018 the MWCC silently re-set its project clock, pushing its “Target Opening” another 18 months into the future, thus retaining its never-ending promise of completion “within three years".

In August 2018 the MWCC silently re-set its project clock, pushing its “Target Opening” another 18 months into the future, thus retaining its never-ending promise of completion “within three years".

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

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

At the end of 2018, a new chair of the MWCC, Chris Oldfield confidently told the ABC that the proposal would be submitted in January 2019 and construction would commence within a year. January, February and March came and went without sight of the application.

If hot air could get the cable car going, it would have reached the moon by now. But the project is going nowhere fast.

The Circle Game

Nine years after the MWCC unveiled their ambition...nothing is built and the project is beset with multiple, fundamental problems. The cableway remains no more than an idea, hardly progressed beyond its promotional website—and yet the proponent pictures it as if it were about to be built.

(Hover over circles to view the proposal’s actual status at March, 21 2019)

Over 60% of Hobartians are either against the cable car or uncertain about it.

Over 60% of Hobartians are either against the cable car or uncertain about it.

Feasibility was upended after Cascade Brewery and Hobart City Council denied access to their land and MWCC’s own advisor Bob Clifford described the base station location as “just plain wrong”.

Feasibility was upended after Cascade Brewery and Hobart City Council denied access to their land and MWCC’s own advisor Bob Clifford described the base station location as “just plain wrong”.

No detailed proposal has ever been shown to the public.

No detailed proposal has ever been shown to the public.

No Planning Application   has   been   lodged and the Authority to commence the necessary investigations, a year later, has not been signed.

No Planning Application has been lodged and the Authority to commence the necessary investigations, a year later, has not been signed.

No building has commenced.

No building has commenced.

No Operation has commenced.

No Operation has commenced.

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 itself is snowed down with its own 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”. It does not report on its calumnies. Here are the project’s millstones, bad press and lack of progress.

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