kunanyi/Mount Wellington Cable Car proposal

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A planning application was lodged in June 2019 by the Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC), proposing construction of a cable car and associated infrastructure on kunanyi / Mount Wellington.

In July 2019, the City of Hobart requested further information to assess the planning application against the provisions of the Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015 and the Wellington Park Management Plan 2013.

It is part of the standard planning application assessment process that requests for further information are made to ensure all provisions of the planning scheme are addressed. 

Additional information was received by the City of Hobart on 6 January 2020 but was determined by the City of Hobart’s external assessment panel to be insufficient in order for the Planning Authority to assess the application.

A further submission of information was received on 7 August 2020 and the external assessment panel determined further information was still required on a number of matters including traffic impacts, sewage management, Aboriginal heritage and biodiversity impacts. 

The required Bushfire Management Plan also remains outstanding.

All requested information, including the Bushfire Management Plan, must be received before the application can be publicly advertised and the matter presented to the planning authority for a decision on the planning application.  

Alternatively, it is open to the applicant to appeal the Council's information requests to the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal should they disagree with the Council's position. This appeal right has been available to the applicant since the first section 54 request was issued to them in July 2019.

What happens next?

The City of Hobart, as the planning authority, will now undertake the following process:

  • The City of Hobart, as the planning authority, will await further information to be provided by the proponent. 
  • Once further information is submitted, it will be reviewed by a panel of external experts to determine whether the information satisfies the original request for further information.
  • Under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993, this review must be completed within 14 days.
  • If the additional information submitted is satisfactory, the planning application will be publicly advertised for a period of between 14 and 28 days, as prescribed by the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993. At this time, the planning application with all accompanying information provided by the applicant will be available on the City of Hobart’s website for members of the public to view.
  • If the additional information submitted does not satisfy the request for further information, the applicant will be advised and the period for assessment of the planning application will remain on hold until such time that further information is supplied.

Having your say

  • As indicated above, once all information required by the planning authority is received, the planning application will be publicly advertised for a period of between 14 and 28 days, as prescribed by the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993.
  • During this time, any member of the public can view planning application with all accompanying information provided by the applicant and make a formal representation either for or against the proposal.
  • All formal representations will be considered as part of the assessment process.

 

Other background

Land ownership 

In August 2018, the Council resolved to not make any of its land available for a cable car development

In February 2019, The Minister for State Growth, the Hon. Peter Gutwein MP, announced that, pursuant to the Cable Car (kunanyi/ Mount Wellington) Facilitation Act 2017, he had issued an Authority to Enter Land over Council land adjacent to McRobies Gully landfill site.

The Authority authorised the Mount Wellington Cableway Company and nominated contractors to enter Council land to undertake a flora and fauna study and to do specified surveying work in preparation for the lodgement of a DA with the City of Hobart as planning authority.

Related documents:

Signed-110219-MWCC-Draft-Authority-to-Enter-Land-Access-Zone(PDF, 538KB)

Signed-140219-MWCC-Amendment-to-Authority-to-Enter-Land-Access-Zone_part2(PDF, 238KB)  

Council decision in response to Authority to Enter(PDF, 322KB)

Letter sent to the Minister for State Growth, the Hon. Peter Gutwein MP(PDF, 83KB)  

Public meeting in response to petition

In response to a cable car petition, the City of Hobart held a public meeting on 16 April including representatives of both the Hobart City Council and the Wellington Park Management Trust. Listen to an audio recording of the meeting below.