Ca­ble car de­tail still up in the air

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - DAVID BENIUK

DRAFT leg­is­la­tion to al­low the ac­qui­si­tion of land for a ca­ble car on ku­nanyi/Mt Wellington will be re­leased for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion within weeks.

The State Gov­ern­ment in­tends to in­tro­duce a Bill deal­ing with the land is­sue in the spring ses­sion of Par­lia­ment.

State Growth Min­is­ter Matthew Groom will meet with the landowner, Ho­bart City Coun­cil, to­mor­row as al­der­men con- tinue to de­mand an ex­pla­na­tion for the forced land pur­chase.

Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives want to know why the pro­posal was not deemed a project of state sig­nif­i­cance, why they weren’t con­sulted and the le­gal ba­sis for the de­ci­sion to ac­quire land.

“We’ve cer­tainly got a long list of ques­tions, in­clud­ing the over­ar­ch­ing ques­tion of whether this is in fact even a nec­es­sary step,” Ho­bart alder- man Anna Reynolds said.

Al­der­men are yet to be told ex­actly what par­cel of land is in­volved and what com­pen­sa­tion the coun­cil might re­ceive.

Mr Groom de­clined to out­line what his ex­pla­na­tion will be when asked by the Sun­day Tas­ma­nian.

“The draft leg­is­la­tion will be re­leased for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion in the next few weeks,” Mr Groom said.

“Any pro­posal will still need to go through the nor­mal plan­ning pro­cesses with the Ho­bart City Coun­cil, in­clud­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

“In ad­di­tion it will need to ob­tain all the nec­es­sary ap­provals, in­clud­ing en­vi­ron­ment and Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage is­sues.”

Mr Groom an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary the Gov­ern­ment would en­act new laws al­low­ing it to ac­quire the land, clear­ing the way for the con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal.

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