Hobart is a city nestled in a stunning, natural landscape of world heritage value. The Council protects this landscape and creates facilities for people (locals and visitors) to easily connect to and enjoy our mountains and forests, parks and rivers.
In this term of Council I will push for better protection of our bushland hillsides and improving our tree protection policies.
I will advocate to:
- double the funding in our bushland fund
- review planning controls to include better protection of critical habitat or remnant vegetation.
- advocate for Council support for an annual biodiversity survey (Bioblitz) for the City of Hobart in partnership with UTAS, TMAG and citizen science groups, so we are aware of the nature of life in our city.
I do not support development on kunanyi / Mt Wellington that doesn’t comply with our planning rules and detracts from the natural values of the mountain. I think the Organ Pipes are part of the ‘face’ of Hobart and should be protected and listed on the National Heritage List as a place of significance.
I am concerned that the current concept for a cable car being promoted will damage the mountain’s natural values, particularly the proposal to build a large centre on the top of the organ pipes.
Many people in the Hobart community have raised concern with me about the proposed route for the cable car over the Organ Pipes and the clearing of public bushland for a proposed new 2.5 km access road and base station.
The Council recently supported my Parks Committee motion to not allow access to public bushland for this access road and other related infrastructure.
People have also raised with me their concern about traffic and increasing visitor pressure on the mountain, and I agree we need to do more to address these concerns. I will lobby the state government to increase funding for the Wellington Park Management Trust to employ more on the ground rangers.
As Chairperson of the Parks Committee I have promoted and supported the introduction of a new mountain shuttle bus service, which is starting soon. I will continue to advocate for this service to become even more regular, affordable and have multiple pick-up and drop-off spots. The service will be accessible to people of all abilities and be able to take bikes. This service will help to reduce car traffic on the mountain.
I will also advocate for much better track signage on the mountain and a sensitively designed, publicly-owned visitor centre at the Springs.