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2018


MEDIA RELEASE: 04-07-2018 - MWCC WINS LEGAL DISPUTE OVER FAKE WEB ADDRESS

Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) has won the dispute over use of a web address set up by opponents to disrupt their business.

The independent Administrative Panel established by the Australian Domain Administration (AUDA) to hear the dispute found the fake website was confusingly similar to MWCC’s official site. It further found that the person who set up the website did not have a legitimate right or interest to use the similar web address and that use of the domain name was in bad faith as it was set up with the purpose of disrupting the activities of MWCC.

The Panel found in MWCC’s favour in all three of its reasons for complaint and ordered transfer of the domain to MWCC. In its findings, the Panel also dismissed a claim that preventing use of the domain name would restrict freedom of speech.

“There is no reason to think that using a different domain name would require the respondent to substantially alter the views currently expressed on her website,” the decision says.

MWCC CEO Adrian Bold welcomed the decision.

“The decision upholds that we abided by the rules put in place by the Australian Domain Administration and had every right to protect our business,” Mr Bold said.

“We want people to be able to go to our website – mtwellingtoncablecar.com - to learn about the project and not be diverted to a fake site or misled by fake emails with false information,” he said.

The fake site, which just adds ‘.au’ to the official address, was set up by Louise Sales, a former staffer to a West Australian Greens MP who lists herself on social media as a professional political and corporate lobbying campaigner.


MEDIA RELEASE: 26-06-2018 - M.W.C.C. COMFORTABLE WITH C.U.B. DECISION

The Mount Wellington Cableway Company is comfortable with the decision announced today by Carlton and United Breweries in relation to the Cascade Brewery site.

MWCC Chair Jude Franks said today the company had already informed CUB two weeks ago that the project no longer needed to be located on its land and it had been public knowledge since February that the company was examining other options for the base terminal location.

“As previously advised, MWCC are considering shortening the alignment to both better comply with the planning scheme and feedback from the community to ensure delivery of the best possible project,” Ms Franks said.

“We have yet to make a final decision and are still in discussions with the State Government regarding an Authority to carry out further investigative work. We hope to be able to provide an update in the near future.

“We respect CUB’s decision and thank them for the assistance they have provided to us in the past,” she said.


RESPONSE: 18-06-2018 - PROTESTER'S ILLEGAL DOMAIN NAME & COPYRIGHT BREACH

"Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) has lodged a complaint under the rules of the Australian Domain Administration (AUDA) to protect our business, as is the right of any business in Australia.

The AUDA rules state that: “Domain name licences are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Provided the relevant eligibility and allocation rules are satisfied, the first registrant whose application for a particular domain name is submitted to the registry will be permitted to license it.”

Under the rules, a domain name “must not be, or incorporate, an entity name, personal name or brand name in existence at the time the domain name was registered”.

A person not associated with MWCC has registered the .com.au version of our website against these rules. It is clear their intentions are to deceive and mislead the community. Previous legal letters to them have been ignored.

In contrast, all domain names registered to MWCC were acquired some years ago and those domain names were not registered to any other entity at the time. Many of the domain names registered to us are for potential future business opportunities and to ensure they are not taken by competitors.

In relation to the registration of domain names relating to kunanyi, while we have not had any concerns raised directly with us, it was not our intention to offend the Aboriginal community. As we said in 2013, we are more than happy to talk with the appropriate Aboriginal body about gifting a domain. We have not yet been approached nor have our calls or emails been returned since 2012."


RESPONSE: 18-05-2018 - PROTESTER'S POLL

"Whilst their survey deliberately excluded locals living on the Eastern Shore and Kingborough, the result in Denison is to be expected given the devious false information and sadly, unnecessary community division Ted and his cohort have tried to spread.

Thankfully, it is heartening that only a small percent of the people of Hobart are swayed by their fear tactics.

We're getting on with the job. Plenty of information is publicly available on our website and we are confident that when our design work is ready the people of Tasmania can make a fully informed opinion."

-Jude Franks, MWCC Chair & Spokesperson


RESPONSE: 17-05-2018 - NEW AUTHORITY

"MWCC acknowledges the Government’s ongoing support as we prepare a Development Application. We also acknowledge the Minister’s advice that our existing Authority will need to be replaced if we shorten the route.

MWCC have been keen to explore a shorter route to comply with planning constraints in the Hobart Interim Planning Scheme outside of Wellington Park. With receipt of the Minister’s advice we can now make a final determination of the route and we look forward to detailing our decision soon."

-Jude Franks, MWCC Chair & Spokesperson



RESPONSE: 08-05-2018 - TIMEFRAME UPDATE

"Detailed design is currently a work in progress as we continue to engage with relevant authorities and landowners. MWCC looks forward to releasing detailed plans for public feedback once we can conduct the necessary site investigations to determine geotechnical stability and structural heights. We await permission for each activity from the Government, and this will determine our release dates."

-Jude Franks, MWCC Chair & Spokesperson


RESPONSE: 29-04-2018 - MEDIA STRATEGY

"In 2016 MWCC refrained from media and public commentary until such time that all formal assessment processes to determine the appropriate pathway were assessed and determined by Government. The process has been long and arduous for MWCC. However, this culminated in both Houses of Parliament supporting the Cable Car (kunanyi/Mount Wellington) Facilitation Act 2017. We were not specifically requested to halt community consultation by Government, however it made sense to delay until a pathway was determined.

The Community Forum postponed from earlier this year was in fact (and as clarified to the OFR Residents group) due to advice from our project team planners regarding the height restrictions. Selective editing of a meeting transcript by project opponents is mischievous and inflammatory."

-Jude Franks, MWCC Chair & Spokesperson


RESPONSE: 24-04-2018 - HAS SITE WORKS COMMENCED? SITE MOVED?

"No site investigations requiring use of our authority, including geotechnical engineering have commenced to date. We have been delayed by the State Government seeking further information to each task. These investigations are required to have been done prior to lodgement of a Development Application and to comply with the planning scheme. This is something the Hobart City Council refused to allow, and it is of great relief that both Houses of Parliament broke through the impasse with Legislation last year.

As per the conditions of the authority, we will advise the relevant authorities with due notice prior to any work, and advise the public through our website and social media channels.

MWCC are still deliberating on how best to address a critical height restriction issue introduced in the Hobart Interim Planning Scheme, which affects some of the Cascade land, and we are consulting with relevant stakeholders before a decision is made"

-Jude Franks, MWCC Chair & Spokesperson


RESPONSE: 19-03-2018 - PURPOSE OF FILMING

"MWCC is delighted to roll out the first in a series of short films discussing the project, introducing the incredible members of our broader team and keeping the community informed. We expect to commence geotechnical investigations in May and June, weather depending, to confirm the positioning of support towers.

We will await the outcome of the HCC meeting tonight whether or not they will seek Federal Government intervention.

CUB has granted MWCC access and permission to submit our development application on their land title.”

-Jude Franks, MWCC Chair & Spokesperson


RESPONSE: 13-02-2018 - MINISTERIAL AUTHORITY GRANTED

"MWCC applied for Ministerial Consent on 26th September 2017, in accordance with the successful passage of the Cable Car Facilitation Bill 2017 through both Houses of Parliament. Having received consent, we can now seek to verify important design issues fundamental to our ethos, namely, to ensure and give the community the confidence that the pinnacle terminal can be built in a way that respects the skyline of the mountain."

-Jude Franks, MWCC Chair & Spokesperson

2017



RESPONSE: 11-09-2017 - PROGRESS OF LEGISLATION

"We are looking forward to the legislation being tabled and progressing to the Legislative Council."

-Jude Franks, MWCC Chair & Spokesperson


RESPONSE: 15-07-2017 - PUBLIC RELEASE OF LEGISLATION

"Following the exciting announcement from the Government earlier this year that will enable us to proceed with a development application, MWCC now welcomes public comment on the Government's draft legislation. We encourage Tasmanians to submit a formal comment to the legislation so that we can finally make a positive impact on our capital city.”

-Jude Franks, MWCC Chair & Spokesperson


RESPONSE: 28-03-2017 - SUGGESTION OF FAVOUR

"Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) has not sought, asked or received any favours from either the Liberal Government or the previous Labor/Green Government. Our entirely self-funded proposal is founded on balanced, positive economic, environmental and social benefits. We seek, and have always sought, a commercially-tenable and transparent process to shine on our own merits.

We do not appreciate unfounded allegations aimed at compromising this process and jeopardising our intention to employ hundreds of Tasmanians for generations to come.”

-Jude Franks, MWCC Chair & Spokesperson

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