A CABLE car proposal for Mount Roland will need more than $13 million to get off the ground, but its proponents remain optimistic about its future.
Sheffield tourism operators Brian Inder and John Sinclair have joined forces to advocate for the tourism development they say will bring huge economic benefits for Northern Tasmania.
A cable car proposal is included in the Kentish Council's recreational blueprint for Mount Roland, which aims to develop the area as a ``must-see'' adventure and nature tourism experience.
Silver Ridge Retreat owner John Sinclair said the cable car project was in its very early days.
``We need to be satisfied that what we put together will work, and then we will get the money together,'' Mr Sinclair said.
``We would really like it to be owned by Tasmanians, and it won't be borrowed money, it will be funded by investors.''
Mr Sinclair said the preferred cable car model would not be visible to people looking from afar, and would have minimal disruption on the ecology of Mount Roland.
``The thinking is to go with quite a large cable car, that would take a whole bus load at a time, working on a length of roughly 700 metres, with stations at the top and one at the bottom, with nothing in between,'' Mr Sinclair said
He said the views from Mount Roland, which can only be reached in a six-hour bushwalk, were astounding.
Tasmazia owner Brian Inder said he had been told by engineers that Mount Roland had the potential to become one of the top-10 cable ways in the world.
He said the estimated costs were between $13 and $60 million.
``When you take into account the mountain, the scenery, the way Tasmania is - it would be a huge success,'' Mr Inder said.
``We have a paradise, and we need people to see that.
``A lot of people are habitually beaten before they start. They look at the whole thing and say `it is too much'.
``We need people with vision, and people who can make it work.''