Cable car detail still up in the air
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.