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Greens Stand with Community to Defend Kunanyi

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Tags: Cable Car, kunanyi/Mt Wellington, Parks EOIs, Privatisation

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

Hobart City Council’s acceptance of the Mount Wellington Cableway Company’s (MWCC) Development Application means the community will, for the first time ever, soon get a full picture of the Liberals’ pet development proposal. 
This project is massive - a cable car, along with an associated 4000m2 commercial development on a privatised pinnacle, three towers, roads and a base station. The clearing of bushland and alpine vegetation will be significant. 
This project, like the dozens of others for developments in protected areas, has been shrouded in secrecy by the Liberals as they oil the wheels for its approval. 
Kunanyi is not only a public treasure, it’s a place of deep and timeless cultural significance to the palawa pakana people. MWCC have treated Aboriginal Tasmanians and the community at large with contempt from the outset. 
The proponent’s arrogance was fostered by the Liberal government’s sustained and overt facilitation of the proposal - backed in by Labor every step of the way. 
On behalf of the Greens, I urge every community member who loves Hobart’s treasured mountain and wants it to remain in public hands to write to Hobart City Councillors when submissions open. 
The community won’t give up. Just as we rallied in our thousands at her foothills, we will ensure council understands there is no place for this destructive proposal, or the privatisation of the pinnacle, on kunanyi.