"Just get this thing built" cry cable car devotees with increasing exasperation.
And the MWCC responds “We will, we will.”
The great day upon which the cableway will commence operations is always trumpeted and it is always in the near future and yet time and again, without announcement, the great day is moved to another day, a year or two further into the future.
CHANGE THE DATE
To retain public support it is crucial for the MWCC to always appear confident and in control, always at a precise point on a clear path to a certain completion date, but over the past ten years that date has been changed seven times. The proponent claims that the delays have been statutory and administrative, they blame Cascade and the Hobart City Council, but the timeline shows that around nine months before the construction phase (itself 12–18 months) is to commence the date is changed.
Another fanciful emblem of progress deployed by the MWCC is its Master Project Gantt, a six-phase infographic (below). The project is pictured as if it is upon the cusp of construction, with the BUILD scheduled for 2019. That is impossible.
Hover over circles to view the actual status (June 2019)
The clock may ceaselessly tick and the little green circles turn but what these devices now suggest is that the day the MWCC will open a cableway up kunyani is not approaching, but receding.
Recently, to every new MWCC facebook post, some supporter responds that they “hope you get it built before I die”.
THE DA MALADY
It might be argued that the building of a cable car up Mount Wellington has the worst case of erectile dysfunction in Tasmania’s construction history. That’s false. Erectile dysfunctions can sometimes be remedied, the malady of the cable car is incurable.
A cable car is an idea—an enchanted idea to some—but with every passing day it becomes clearer that its enchantment is like that of the Sleeping Beauty: it is cursed.
Only the diagnosis of the malady awaits an x-ray of the DA lodged on June 12, 2019.
10 years hence
The cable car has always been a ten-year project.
This advertisement below was placed in the Mercury on 9 June, 1939.