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. The application is yet to be presented to the Planning Authority, which comprises the Elected Members of the Hobart City Council.

A panel of external experts has been engaged by the administration of the City of Hobart to assess the content of the planning application before it can be presented to the Planning Authority for consideration.

In July 2019, a request was made to the proponent for further information in order to properly 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 on 6 January 2020, 7 August 2020 and 2 October but was determined by the City's external experts to be insufficient in order for the Planning Authority to assess the application.

Following the most recent lodging of information, the external experts determined further information was still required on impacts on Aboriginal heritage and the required Bushfire Management Plan also remained outstanding.

Therefore, the information could not be publicly advertised and presented to the Planning Authority for a decision on the planning application. This means the elected Hobart City Council is yet to receive the application.

In October 2020, the proponent has exercised their right to appeal the request for further information to the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal. This appeal right has been available to the applicant since the first section 54 request was issued to them in July 2019. A Directions Hearing is scheduled for 5 November.

What happens next?

  • A Directions Hearing is scheduled for the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal on 5 November. 
  • The City of Hobart will continue to await further information from the proponent and the outcome of the appeal to the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal.
  • Once it is determined by the external experts that the information supplied is satisfactory for assessment, 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.
  • Once the public notification period has concluded and all representations have been considered, the elected Hobart City Council will receive the application and the recommendation from the expert panel. It is as this point that the Planning Authority will assess and determine the application.

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.