Australia Mount Wellington cable car stalls again — the latest hurdle in more than a century of plans

03:46  23 february  2021
03:46  23 february  2021 Source:   msn.com

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The controversial Mount Wellington cable car proposal hits a hurdle with a Hobart City Council committee recommending no public land near kunanyi/ Mount Wellington be made available for any infrastructure to support the project. More than two million ordinary shares have been issued for the MWCC, as well as over 850,000 preference shares. ASIC documents show the amount paid for the shares was ,298,713. Tucre, a company jointly owned by Tourism Tasmania chairman James Cretan and professional gambler and yachtsman Phillip Turner — a Tasmanian who is based in Thailand

Mount Wellington (Tasmania) is a dominant feature on the skyline above Hobart, in Tasmania, Australia. An aerial cableway ( cable car ) from Hobart to the peak of the mountain , has been proposed for the mountain on four occasions. The first two of these pre-dated the construction of Pinnacle Road.

a small boat in a large body of water: The city of Hobart sprawls up the foothills of Mount Wellington and to the Derwent River. (Supplied: Flight Risk Photography) © Provided by ABC Business The city of Hobart sprawls up the foothills of Mount Wellington and to the Derwent River. (Supplied: Flight Risk Photography)

An appeal by the Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) has been overturned this week in another hitch in more than a century of attempts to carry visitors to the top of the mountain that looms over Hobart.

More than 130 years ago, a man calling himself "Professor" Hackett was the first to be recorded suggesting some form of aerial transport for kunanyi/Mount Wellington.

He was not alone and various versions of the project have been put forward.

The Mount Wellington Cableway Company had taken the Hobart City Council to the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal (RMPAT) to argue a desktop survey of the mountain should be enough for their development application to proceed.

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But the appeal was rejected based on the project's potential impact on the mountain's Aboriginal heritage.

In a decision released Monday afternoon, RMPAT ruled an on-site survey was needed for the development to comply with the mountain's management plan.

Over 100 years of vision

It was 1895 when the self-titled "Professor" William John Hackett, known around Hobart for proposing schemes such as a flying "machine on wires", was reported in colonial newspapers calling for an "aerial tramway".

He had recently been described by Launceston's Daily Telegraph as a "screaming faddist" when he called for sewage-soaked areas of Hobart to be cleared by suction.

But it was at a meeting he attended in 1893 where, as well as suggesting a scheme to pump water from the Derwent River to clean the streets of Hobart, he proposed a plan for a cable car.

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His description was reported in the Launceston Examiner on June 3, 1893:

"[It would] whisk you from the pinnacle of Mount Wellington to the Dunn Street Pier in 30 seconds," he said.

The mountain stands at 1,271 metres above sea level, with its pinnacle about 14 kilometres from Hobart's waterfront, but this project did not get off the ground.

Government supports cable car proposal

In 1905, the next proposal, the Mt Wellington Aerial Railway, was assisted in its passage by an act that was passed to authorise Arnold Wertheimer to construct an aerial railway.

The government granted "the promoter or his assigns" a nominal lease on a strip of land up the mountain.

It was proposed that the railway would be constructed from the pinnacle to an area just behind the Cascade Brewery, in South Hobart, below the mountain.

In 1906 it was reported in the Daily Telegraph that "[f]rom information gained as to those behind the project, it would appear as if the construction of the railway is assured".

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But seven years later, a letter to The Mercury newspaper on April 5, 1913 lamented that the build had not gone ahead:

"It would give to tourists to Hobart a unique attraction, which no other Australian capital could offer," the author said.

"Our mainland critics would find that Hobart is more enterprising than they think."

At the time, the project was estimated to cost 8,700 pounds.

No construction had begun when Wertheimer passed away in 1911.

Although in 1993, as reported in The Mercury, his grandson and namesake Arnold Wertheimer believed that as there was no sunset clause for his grandfather's proposal listed in the government act, that he may have been in a position to develop a cable car.

Parliamentary library staff later discovered that the act was repealed by a Statute Laws Revision Act around 1935.

Railway becomes aerial tramway — again

James Chandler was the next to revitalise the vision for a cable car up the Mount Wellington in 1928, as reported by The Mercury at the time.

During a Hobart City Council meeting titled To the Springs by Air, the council adopted a report to "ascertain the practicability and cost of constructing a motor drive from the Springs to the Pinnacle".

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The same meeting noted receipt of a letter by Chandler, on behalf of a local syndicate, inquiring "whether the council would favourably view the construction of an aerial railway" and whether "reasonable facilities would be granted in connection with operating sites".

In 1931, Chandler proposed that an electric current could power a 40-horsepower motor and transport people from the base to the top of the mountain in nine minutes.

Construction did not start on this project either.

Ogilvie's Scar

By the late 1930s progress up Mount Wellington had been made, but not in the form of a cable car.

A new road up the mountain, known as Ogilvie's Scar, was opened in 1937 and provided tourists with access to the summit.

The 7-kilometre stretch of road was named after Albert Ogilvie — the state premier who initiated the roadworks to provide employment during the Depression for out-of-work men.

The Voice reported on the road's official opening:

"[T]he ceremony at the Pinnacle was broadcast by the ABC over the national network, the description being exceedingly valuable as publicity for the further attraction of tourists to Tasmania," it said.

Enter Skyway

In the late 1980s the idea of a cable car surfaced again.

Well-known engineer Tim Burbury, who had worked on the Tasman Bridge, proposed Skyway — another vision for a cable car that would run from Cascade to the pinnacle of the mountain.

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This, according to a promotional video at the time, was to be "electrically powered, silent and unobtrusive".

The Skyway was to run two cars and take two minutes longer than the 1930s' proposal, clocking in at an 11-minute trip from base to summit.

On Burbury's death in 2010, he was said to have passed the mantle for the cable car campaign to Adrian Bold — the current technical director of MMCC.

While Burbury is not been referred to by name on the current MWCC website, Mr Bold is quoted as saying:

"I am honoured to have been gifted the previous proponent's blessing and am committed to realising his lifelong dream," he said.

What is next for MWCC?

Apart from more information on Aboriginal heritage, the council says it requires MWCC to provide details relating to the extent of vegetation clearance for bushfire hazard management.

Once this information has been provided and is considered satisfactory by the council the MWCC development application will be opened for public comment.

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