Moun­tain tourism chal­lenge

CA­BLE CAR

Mercury (Hobart) - - YOURVOICE - Chris Har­ries Dyn­nyrne Phillip Hoysted South Ho­bart Tony Don­aghy El­len­dale An­thony Petty Mount Stu­art Stephen Jef­fery Sandy Bay Jen­nifer Chap­man Ber­riedale Michael and Win­some Scott South Ho­bart Heidi Mor­ton Mount Nel­son Peter Troy Kingston

TOURISM spokesman Luke Martin’s ap­peal for the moun­tain ca­ble car to go ahead in or­der to re­duce chaos on the moun­tain is rather il­log­i­cal, un­less he is talk­ing about re­strict­ing ac­cess to the pin­na­cle via the moun­tain road. Fa­cil­i­tat­ing an ad­di­tional way to get up there will add to stresses at the sum­mit, not re­duce them. I think he is point­ing to a ta­boo sub­ject — whether or not the moun­tain road is likely to be even­tu­ally closed off or es­tricted sub­se­quent to a ca­ble car pro­ceed­ing. Po­lit­i­cal trans­parency dic­tates it should be de­bated now, rather than af­ter the horse has bolted. For now, that sub­ject is not be­ing talked about be­cause I think most Ho­bar­tians would still want to be able to drive up there in the fu­ture. Mean­while, re­strict­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­cess would re­duce traf­fic chaos, but would not rid the moun­tain of the twin scars — the road plus a ca­ble­way.

No free ride

THE Tourism In­dus­try Coun­cil’s Luke Martin thinks we need to wake up and ac­cept sus­tain­abil­ity ben­e­fits of a ca­ble car on ku­nanyi/ Mt Welling­ton ( Mer­cury, Septem­ber 12). If only it was that sim­ple. Just be­cause we can see the Tel­stra tower and vis­i­tor look­out from Ho­bart doesn’t mean we should ac­cept an­other half a dozen py­lons and ca­ble cars run­ning up the moun­tain­side. My rec­ol­lec­tion is that when the ca­ble car reared its ugly head over 30 years ago, a fea­si­bil­ity study sug­gested it would only be vi­able if cars were re­stricted. It is free and should re­main so. I sus­pect most lo­cals might hand over $30-40 for a ride once; they will then con­tinue to drive up the moun­tain. The ca­ble car will not bring ex­tra tourists. If you want to ride a ca­ble car there are plenty of them around Aus­tralia and the world. Vis­i­tors may spend more money in Ho­bart but most is money that would have been spent in other re­gions of the state. While the fo­cus has shifted (read Mona) in re­cent times we still rely on our nat­u­ral beauty and built her­itage to at­tract the ma­jor­ity of our vis­i­tors. Let’s not kill the goose that laid the golden egg by adopt­ing a cargo cult men­tal­ity every time the ca­ble car rears its ugly head every decade or so.

Say what you mean

I WISH the op­po­nents of the ca­ble car would have the courage of their con­vic­tions and just stand up and say they don’t want the project. In­stead, they try to couch the ar­gu­ment in al­tru­is­tic sen­ti­ment that they are fight­ing for the greater good, usu­ally through adopt­ing scare tac­tics, ob­fus­ca­tion and mis­lead­ing state­ments. The ca­ble car pro­posal will not be near any drink­ing wa­ter catch­ments. It’s in the same wa­ter­shed as the ex­ist­ing road and South Ho­bart tip. There will not be any clear­way cut through the alpine en­vi­ron­ment. The pro­po­nents have said the con­struc­tion will be point based at the py­lon sites only and be he­li­copter sup­ported to move men, machin­ery and ma­te­ri­als. The land is not be­ing pri­va­tised, but will be gov­ern­ment owned in per­pe­tu­ity. The project will not be a white ele­phant, and has had its eco­nomic as­sump­tions scru­ti­nised by a se­nior univer­sity pro­fes­sor in eco­nomics who has en­dorsed the busi­ness case as sound and built on firm prin­ci­ples. The sub­mis­sions against the pro­posed A new way to have your say the­mer­cury.com.au read­ers have a new way to have their say. It’s free to use, just reg­is­ter and have your say. For more de­tails and to reg­is­ter, visit the web­site. leg­is­la­tion are not a sta­tis­ti­cally rel­e­vant num­ber when weigh­ing the case of for vs against. They rep­re­sent a vo­cal mi­nor­ity.

Bus so­lu­tion

WE are in­cred­i­bly lucky to have such a beau­ti­ful moun­tain on our doorsteps. The moun­tain with all its dif­fer­ent moods is wo­ven into the cul­tural fab­ric of our lives. It is in­spir­ing to look at, in­vig­o­rat­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence up close and pre­cious be­cause it is un­spoilt. The ca­ble car will com­pro­mise the in­tegrity of what makes this place unique. A slick cam­paign is be­ing run pro­mot­ing ap­par­ent ben­e­fits. The lat­est is sus­tain­abil­ity of the ac­cess road. What if we closed the road to mo­torised pub­lic ac­cess and ran af­ford­able small bus ser­vices seven days a week? Even a free bus service would be cheaper and more sus­tain­able than the in­dus­tri­alised en­ter­prise be­ing pro­posed. This is our moun­tain and it will not be given up to those ea­ger for profit.

Heady topic

IT ap­pears the Tourism In­dus­try Coun­cil has de­cided to en­ter the heady world of sus­tain­able trans­port plan­ning – fo­cussing on ku­nanyi/Mt Welling­ton ( Mer­cury, Septem­ber 12). A “ca­ble car” con­cept seems to have now mor­phed into a “ca­ble­way” (no, not a “high­way”). Per­haps the real prob­lem the TIC has with ac­cess to the moun­tain is that it is cur­rently a free way, def­i­nitely un$u$tain­able.

Writ­ers in need

I JOINED the Tas­ma­nian Writ­ers Cen­tre a cou­ple of years ago as a per­son new to writ­ing. They have showed me so many tips and tricks to writ­ing a book. The staff are so help­ful and last year I was able to pub­lish my first book. We need to keep it go­ing to help others on their jour­ney. Please.

Mother and fa­ther

IF you have ever loved a child I urge you to vote No be­cause every child de­serves the right to the ex­pec­ta­tion of a lov­ing, mar­ried mother and fa­ther.

Kind­ness the an­swer

WE teach our kids that there is noth­ing more im­por­tant than be­ing kind. Kind­ness means re­spect­ing the hu­man rights and dig­nity of every­one. How kind is it to say to LGBTI peo­ple, ‘I like you and have no prob­lem with you, but I don’t think you should have the same hu­man rights as me’? As a straight woman rais­ing kids in a mar­riage, I am vot­ing Yes and am talk­ing to my kids about why it mat­ters.

Crafty vot­ers

THE postal vote’s claim to anonymity fails the first hur­dle. Whether the Yes or No box has been marked is eas­ily dis­cernible through the en­ve­lope. To rem­edy, fold for­ward the top third of the form for­ward to pro­vide an ex­tra layer be­tween the form and the out­side of the en­ve­lope. But doesn’t this in­val­i­date the en­tire postal vote process?

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