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Monday, 20 October 2008
Page: 9638

Mr HUNT (6:40 PM) —I wish to raise the loss of the Arthurs Seat chairlift on the Mornington Peninsula. The chairlift announced its closure late last week. There are three key points. Firstly, this has been a vital part of not only the economy of the Mornington Peninsula but in particular its heritage and its identity. It has lasted over 40 years. At its height, we had 100,000 people per year coming to ride the chairlift. It is a great part of the Mornington Peninsula and its loss is a tremendous blow.

Secondly, this has come about because of the neglect of the state government. For five years now, the owner, Mr Richard Hudson, has been seeking state government support in relation to the chairlift. The chairlift has been hindered by WorkSafe’s failure to give it fast passage. This could have been resolved and action could have been taken. I am extremely disappointed at this loss.

Thirdly, there is a solution. The state now needs to step up to help the owner, to help ensure that there is a transition and a successor chairlift. This chairlift is vital to the Mornington Peninsula. It is an important part of our heritage. I say with great respect to the Premier of Victoria: please do not let this be the end of a chairlift for the Mornington Peninsula, for Arthurs Seat and for our heritage. (Time expired)