Ca­ble car back­ers dis­miss claims

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - BLAIR RICHARDS

THE com­pany be­hind a pro­posal for a ku­nanyi/Mt Welling­ton ca­ble car says it will re­lease fur­ther de­tails on the project in the com­ing days.

A se­ries of protests and vig­ils have been held on and around the moun­tain in re­cent months in an­tic­i­pa­tion of im­mi­nent drilling for geotech­ni­cal tests and flora and fauna stud­ies in prepa­ra­tion for a devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion.

In re­sponse to questions from the Mer­cury, a Mt Welling­ton Cable­way Com­pany spokesman said: “We ex­pect to be able to proved a full up­date of where the com­pany is at with the ca­ble car within the next few days.”

The state­ment came as the MWCC re­jected claims by op­po­nents that the res­ig­na­tion of a board di­rec­tor sig­nalled there were prob­lems with the project.

Res­i­dents Op­posed to the Ca­ble Car said the res­ig­na­tion of Ian Wheeler from the MWCC board was sig­nif­i­cant.

“This res­ig­na­tion comes at a crit­i­cal point in the as­sess­ment process, with a devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion im­mi­nent. The res­ig­na­tion raises con­cerns about the fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity of MWCC, the ca­pac­ity of the com­pany to carry out nec­es­sary drilling works prior to lodg­ing a DA, and whether a re­place­ment di­rec­tor has been ap­pointed,” ROCC said in a state­ment.

But the MWCC spokesman said: “The sug­ges­tion that this some­how re­flects on the fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity of MWCC is com­pletely er­ro­neous.

“Ian Wheeler re­signed due to the im­mi­nent lodge­ment of a DA for the ca­ble car to avoid any sug­ges­tion of a con­flict of in­ter­est as his busi­ness also pro­vides ser­vices for the HCC [Ho­bart City Coun­cil]. This is a nor­mal, sound and eth­i­cal po­si­tion to take.”

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