Mount Wellington cable car bill passes lower house

Matthew Groom MP
Matthew Groom MP

The controversial proposal to establish a cable car to the summit of Mount Wellington has been voted through the lower house with bipartisan support.

The Greens remained opposed to the idea.

If passed by the upper house, the cable car bill will allow a planning application involving public land to go ahead without the consent of Hobart City Council.

The bill seeks to make it easier for a cable car proponent to carry out an assessment of Wellington Park so as to prepare a planning application.

There was some speculation that Denison Labor MHA Madeleine Ogilvie would break ranks and vote against the bill as she had previously spoken out against the proposal. 

But the Opposition ultimately voted in a bloc.