As you may have heard, a group of private developers are proposing to run a cable car up the face of Hobart’s kunanyi/Mt Wellington.
The proposed attraction will ferry thousands of tourists a day directly over the organ pipes, finishing at a new multi-story restaurant complex planned for the mountain’s summit. However you enjoy this iconic mountain, you can be sure a cable car will change it forever.
Although thousands have publicly demonstrated their opposition, the State Government and some Hobart City Council aldermen still seem to think this cable car is a good idea, but it’s not too late to change their mind.
Here’s what you should know.
Way of life
We all know the Tasmanian tourism economy is thriving, but the reason we are having such strong growth is because we do things differently down south.
Us locals enjoy our mountain in a thousand different ways. From mountain biking and climbing, to photography, bushwalking, and building car-bonnet snowmen for the drive back into the city.
A cable car would change all of this.
This development will be visible from every angle in the greater Hobart area, from the Eastern Shore, to Kingston, and the Northern Suburbs.
Think bus-sized capsules capable of carrying 80 passengers, strung between 75 metre high towers and a new multi-story tourist complex glaring above the Hobart skyline. Walkers and mountain bikers will have cable trams clattering above their heads, and the view of Hobart from the summit will be obscured with infrastructure – no more amazing summit selfies! Whatever your leaning, it’s undeniable the mountain will never be the same.
While the Mount Wellington Cableway Company haven’t publicly announced the proposed ticket prices, it is possible to look at similar Australian infrastructure to understand the potential costs. Firstly, there is the Blue Mountains Cableway which costs adults $45 per ticket. Then there’s the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns, a project often compared to the proposed Mountain Wellington Cableway project by the Mount Wellington Cable Car Company themselves, which costs adult users a whopping $80 for a round trip. With these existing pricing structures, it’s hard to imagine a family using the proposed Mount Wellington Cableway for less than $150 dollars, not taking into account the extra $50 likely to be spent on feeding the kids at the summit restaurant. With predicted costs well beyond the price range of the average Tasmanian, it is clear this development has nothing to do with improving transport options for locals.
How will it affect me?
However you currently enjoy Mount Wellington/kunanyi, a cable car will negatively impact on your connection to the mountain. Click the links to find out more.
What can I do?
It’s not too late to stop the cable car on Mount Wellington/kunanyi. The Government and developers have been ignoring your opinion so far, but there are ways you can speak up and let them know what you think.