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Values and the State in Natural Resource Management: The Mt Wellington Skyway dispute, Hobart, Tasmania


Crowley, CM, Values and the State in Natural Resource Management: The Mt Wellington Skyway dispute, Hobart, Tasmania, Local Environment, 2, (2) pp. 119-138. ISSN 1354-9839 (1997) [Refereed Article]


DOI: doi:10.1080/13549839708725519


This article presents a study of land‐use politics at the local level in Hobart, capital of the small island state of Tasmania. It is concerned with the politics of local place in the Mt Wellington Skyway cable car dispute and the tactics employed by the state government, in contravention of sustainability principles, to prioritise development over public concern for a local environment. The dispute is reviewed in terms of ideological contention, planning and decision making, and the role of the state in facilitating development. It is found to be characteristically Tasmanian in terms of state legislative support for the project and attitudes in the local community and local government polarised firmly against it. The management of the Mt Wellington Range itself is found to have been hindered by a history of non‐decision making and neglect of intrinsic natural values, and the management of the Skyway approval process to have been expediently driven by utilitarian concerns. The article closely scrutinises the type of local environmental issue that Rainbow (1993) suggests has catalysed green politics at the state level in Tasmania. But more generally, it also presents a classic study of the ideological contention that continues to inspire natural resource conflict wherever communities face the degradation of local places defined by significant natural areas.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Other Indigenous studies
Research Field:Other Indigenous studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Crowley, CM (Associate Professor Kate Crowley)
ID Code:10041
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2019-04-04
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