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The project has become a flagship of Premier Will Hodgman leadership, and is a central tenet in his Government message that Tasmania is open for business.
If ever a cable car project is to get off the ground, this is the time it will happen.
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Support for the project has reached fever pitch.
And never before has Tasmania needed development so desperately.
The state is suffering a jobs crisis, with youth unemployment here a national disgrace.
Hitching a ride on the state burgeoning tourism industry, a Mt Wellington cable car promises jobs in construction and operation, and would be another must do Tasmanian experience to add to the growing list of attractions for tourists.
Tourism expanded more than 10 per cent in 2013 and is now worth $1.5 billion to the state. A Mt Wellington cable car would add value to the sector.
It is critical that this project is thoroughly assessed and the concerns of the residents of Hobart are properly heard. Residents must not be steamrolled.
The proposal promises so much for the state it is vital that a prudent approach to assessment and consultation is taken so as to take the people of Tasmania along for a spectacular mountain ride, and not simply lead them up the garden path.
DIVIDED WE FALL
PAROCHIALISM is the achilles heel of the bid to establish one AFL team in Tasmania.
AFL supremo Gill McLachlan yesterday openly discussed the possibility of a fully fledged, fair dinkum Tassie team in the national competition in 10 or so years time.
The interim move to establish an existing AFL team in the state that plays at Aurora Stadium in Launceston and Blundstone Arena in Clarence is being sold as a pathway to full inclusion in the big league.
However, petty parochialism threatens to derail this process.
It is a matter hollister clothing of great urgency that the North, North West and South lay down their arms and join a conversation with the AFL about the future of the game in the state.
We must unite to make this a success.
Leonard Colquhoun of Launceston Posted at 11:57 AM April 19, 2014
It is almost impossible to disagree with the general points in this Comment 16 opening: “Governments don’t make developments happen, the proponents do. There are many many development proposals that fail because developers can’t come up with the funding, or make a commercial case of it”. Some additional points: (a) governments have some basic responsibility for providing general infrastructure and a fair legal environment; (b) another cause of failure is that proponents have failed to do proper preliminary / investigative work beforehand. “Build it and they will [not] come” is more likely that its original.
David Dobbin of Launceston Posted at 3:52 PM April 18, 2014
That’s rubbish, Scott Seymour. Governments don’t make developments happen, the proponents do. There are many many development proposals that fail because developers can’t come up with the funding, or make a commercial case of it. It’s easy dreaming up a project, but making it pay and finding funding for it is another ma hollister clothing tter. The classic case is the pulp mill, of course supported by all parties, with special legislation just for it, with all the permits it needs, yet still no project because it is not viable and nobody in the whole world wants to fund it. Sound projects don’t need government ‘support’ they stand on their own two feet. The fact that this proponent needs to rush about seeking support from government rings alarm bells to me.
Greg James of Kingston Posted at 7:08 AM April 18, 2014
Is there an exit strategy? If for any reason this venture fails and I hope it doesn’t, is there a way to pay for its removal. Failure could be financial, engineering, marketing or just plain age of the infrastructure, wh hollister clothing o will pay for its removal. Tasmania needs tourism experiences to add to its attractions but if the flying car is common in 20 years and this cable car becomes an engineering white elephant what contingency plan exists for its removal.