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The decision by the Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to dismiss the appeal into the proposed Mount Wellington cable car is a wonderful turn of events.

The development never satisfied sensible social, environmental and economic criteria, and this was confirmed by Hobart City Council’s planning report last year. Moreover there has always been strong community opposition to the project.

Regrettably the debate around the cable car has divided Hobart. But the effect the development would have had on the mountain was always much too great, and it’s now important that the proponents abandon the project for good and let the community put the whole sorry saga behind it.