Despite the Launceston Skyway's proposed project in the Cataract Gorge being in development for about three years the project may be rejected by the Launceston City Council.
The council will make a decision at its Thursday meeting on the development's application but it has been recommended that the council does not support the proposed project.
The recommendation to not support the project is based on its evaluation against nine assessment points.
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The maximum possible score for an unsolicited proposal assessed against the criteria was 680. The average score, out of 11 councillors assessment, was 170 out of 680 or 25 per cent.
The assessment criteria at a March workshop asked elected members how well does the proposed development:
- Recognise and respond to Aboriginal cultural values, heritage and natural environment significance
- Align with existing community vision, values and sentiment
- Provide tangible community benefit, not just private commercial benefit
- Align with existing strategy, planning and direction for the site, or demonstrate an innovative new idea or approach
- Provide a commercial market return to Council and community via sale or lease proceeds, or other financial benefit
- Justify any funding contribution from any level of government
- Satisfy an existing community need
- Assist in the disposal of land that is surplus to requirements
- Demonstrate practical and commercial feasibility
The council's infrastructure and assets network manager Shane Eberhardt said if a proposal achieved 69 per cent or less the council was under no obligation to advance the project.
"The proponents have not provided the economic study to the council but are suggesting an annual contribution of around $300,000 under similar licence arrangements to the chairlift," said
"This does not include ongoing maintenance of significant trees, vegetation, weed or bushfire maintenance in the easements, car park policing and maintenance and maintenance of public amenities."
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