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Archer, Haddad Must Rule Out Joining Cable Car Aboriginal Heritage Appeal


Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Tags: kunanyi/Mt Wellington, Cable Car, Parks

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Member for Clark

The Mount Wellington Cableway Company’s (MWCC) appeal to the Supreme Court is shameful. They are appealing their obligation to assess the impact a cable car would have on Aboriginal heritage values on kunanyi

That says everything you need to know about the cable car proposal, which has been backed by the Liberals and Labor from its inception. 

During an election period, all significant government decisions must have the backing of the relevant Opposition spokesperson.

We are calling on Attorney General, Elise Archer and Opposition spokesperson, Ella Haddad to rule out joining MWCC’s Supreme Court appeal – as the Gutwein Government did when it joined the developer’s case in the controversial Lake Malbena court appeal. 

The protection of Aboriginal heritage must be prioritised when assessing all development proposals. This is especially the case on kunanyi – a place of deep and timeless cultural significance to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people. 

MWCC’s disregard for Aboriginal heritage has been, in large part, fostered by the Liberal Government’s sustained and overt facilitation of their divisive, destructive cable car proposal - backed in by Labor every step of the way. 

A cable car on kunanyi is anathema to the protection of the mountain’s cultural and natural values. 

We expect both Elise Archer and Ella Haddad to rule out supporting joining the MWCC’s offensive, culturally insensitive Supreme Court appeal.