The following is an update on the threat to Mt Wellington/kunanyi posed by a proposed cable car. It is a press release from Residents Opposed to the Cable Car (ROCC) Media Release, originally posted on Tasmanian Times.

The Wellington Park Management Trust has today announced an increase in the size of the proposed development at the top of the mountain, at the Pinnacles.

ROCC say that

The announcement today by the Wellington Park Management Trust should be of concern to everyone with a love of our wonderful mountain.  The iconic organ pipes are under threat from the proposed cable car.

The Management Plan for Wellington Park was developed and revised in 2012 – 13 following an extensive public consultation period. Now a developer with no landowner consent, no financial backing, no business case, no development application and no social license has asked for the management plan to be changed to suit his purpose.

The proposed increase in the size of the Pinnacle Specific Area announced today has come directly as the result of a request by the developer.

“A three storey building with a tower over 35 meters tall in front of it, positioned directly above the organ pipes will forever scar our mountain. Until there is a more information including a sound business case for the proposal, these changes should not even be considered”

Respect The Mountain is concerned that major development of a restaurant and cafes are being swept through on the coat-tails of a supposedly ‘eco-friendly’ cable car while neglecting the physical damage and energy requirements of other developments in the proposal. The public focus of the visitor amenities is centred around coffees and meals in a wood-fired room.

For further information on the campaign to oppose the cable car, check here.