Hobart City Council has voted to reject a development application for a cable car on kunanyi/Mount Wellington — with the company's chairman admitting he feels "anger and sorrow" over the knockback.
The ABC reports, after more than five hours of deputations and debate and a failed attempt to have the matter deferred, the council voted nine-three to accept a planning report recommendation that it reject the proposal.
The proposal, lodged by the Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) included the cableway with its three towers and base station in South Hobart, as well as a restaurant and cafe at the pinnacle, which would require a new building with a maximum height of 11.4m.
An independent planners' report last week recommended the council reject the application because it would diminish the tourism, recreational, cultural and landscape values of the mountain.
Deputy Lord Mayor Helen Burnet said the idea of a cable car had split the community for "many, many years".
"I believe that there are really strong reasons for refusal and they're 21 really solid grounds," Ms Burnet said, referring to the reasons given by independent planners who recommended the council refuse the development application.
Ms Burnet said those grounds related to safety, impacts on residential amenity, the environment, and on the mountain's visual amenity and people's quiet enjoyment.
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