The Mount Wellington Cable Car could soon be under construction. Minister Gutwein quietly issued an authority on 25 January 2018. The silence surrounding the authority is typical of a government that seeks to centralise power within itself and rob communities and constituents of any say.
Send a message to the Minister
I ask that you immediately rescind the authority for work to begin on the Mount Wellington Cable Car. I also ask that at the next available sitting of parliament you take the opportunity to repeal the special legislation that allows the State Government to compulsorily acquire land in the Mount Wellington Reserve. There must be more transparency around development that takes place in public land.
The Tasmanian Conservation Trust has been standing up for Tasmania for almost 50 years. We have never seen so much money and influence brought to bear by a small group of property developers on our fragile democracy.
Public land, whether it be the Treasury building, Launceston's Cataract Gorge Reserve, Kunanyi Mt Wellington, the University of Tasmania or your local park, they should all be kept in public hands. We are fighting to make this happen, but we need your support if we are to continue protecting all the things we love about Tasmania.
Dear Planning Minister and Members of Parliament
I write to express my concern over the amount of public land that is currently under consideration for sale to property developers.
Public land and assets should be kept in public hands, to ensure prosperity for future generations of Tasmanians.
- Amend the Land Use Planning Act to require the Planning Minister to consult the community when public land is being re-zoned, gifted, ownership transferred or sold.
- Adopt a policy of preference for 99 year leases over outright sale of public land and assets.
- Amend the State Planning Provisions to make development in reserved land discretionary, subject to community consultation and rights of appeal.
- Apply these principles across all public land and assets including the Treasury Building, the University of Tasmania, Crownland, Reserves and land managed by Parks and Wildlife and the Mount Wellington Trust.
The Fragrance Group purchased the Clarion Hotel through it's subsidiary Global premium Hotels in November 2017. Currently Fragrance is considering building a 70m tower at the site. This would be a disaster for Launceston's heritage and character. The site is directly across the road from Launceston's Albert Hall, one of the cities most prestigious buildings.
Help stop the Fragrance Tower in Launceston! Sign the Petition to the Launceston City Council and have your say!
Gutwein is slated to appear on Leon Compton's breakfast show tomorrow morning from 8.30am.
Listen to ABC 936 Thursday 19 October from 8.30am, call in 1300 361 688 and send a text 0467 922 917.
The Liberals are unlikely to change their position, but we need to put the heat on Gutwein for proposing such wide reaching and authoritarian ministerial powers.
Call in and message on the numbers above to ask Gutwein one of the following questions:
- "The day after the Major Projects closed for comment, you publicly welcomed the Fragrance group and said: 'we should welcome Fragrance and others like them.' Why have you changed your position on this issue by publicly supporting Fragrance?"
- "The Major Projects legislation gives the planning minister total authority and unchecked power over declaring a major project, this is undemocratic and bad policy. Why have you given yourself so much power?"
- "Our Government is selling out to multinational corporations that have no connection to the values that make Tasmania unique. Is the one off profit worth it? Selling off our Island piece by piece will destroy all that makes Tasmania special."