Damage to conservation values
The mountain is rich in plant and animal species and home to many significant ecological communities. The cable car proposal threatens these important values. It is not clear from the proposal how much land would have to be cleared for the construction and maintenance of the proposed project and to comply with fire regulations. However, we believe that any vegetation clearing within the park for this purpose is unacceptable. As the Wellington Park Management Trust note “All plant communities are important in maintaining the integrity of the life sustaining systems in Wellington Park.”
Threats to threatened species
Three threatened bird species are found in Wellington Park – a unique sub-species of Wedge-tailed Eagle, the Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolour) and the Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae). The Federal Government’s Coordinated Conservation Plan: Eastern Tasmania notes that many Swift Parrots and Wedge-tailed Eagles “die as a result of collisions with overhead wires”. The proposed cable car project therefore poses an unnecessary threat to these birds in an area put aside for their protection.