Council reopens Hinterland Cableway debate

Mayor Tom Tate has laid the foundations for a cableway in the Gold Coast Hinterland but there are still some environmental concerns about the project.

Council is currently undertaking an investigation into the feasibility of the project with a report to be handed down early next year.

Acting Mayor Donna Gates admitted they’re in the early stages of development.


“The CEO has advised me this morning that plans are being reviewed, refreshed, from previous proposals and there’ll be a report to council in about March or April next year that will outline some options,” she said.

“The tourism plan we adopted several years ago indicates we’d like to see a cableway somewhere on the Gold Coast.”

The cableway would run through Mudgeeraba and local councillor Glen Tozer has some concerns about the impact on the environment.

“I represent 45,000 people and they care, they want to be good stewards of the environment,” he told MyGC.

Cr Tozer is concerned the development would make the hinterland more at risk of bushfires.

The cableway project would largely be championed by the local council but it does have the support of the State Member for Mudgeeraba.

“I did a survey of my entire electorate just under two years ago,” Ros Bates said.

“I asked them if they would support a cableway if it stacked up environmentally and economically, and 78 per cent of respondents were in favour of the cableway in Springbrook.”