/Brewery says no to residential development on its 250ha estate

Brewery says no to residential development on its 250ha estate

Cascade  bush land

Cascade bush land in South Hobart in the foothills of kunanyi/Mt Wellington.

CASCADE Brewery has ruled out any future residential development on the 250ha of bushland it owns at the foot of kunanyi/Mt Wellington.

It has also elected to retain ownership of the land rather than relinquish it to Hobart City Council.

The Cascade Estate is the largest privately owned bushland area within the Hobart municipal area and is used for walking, running and mountain biking.

Carlton and United Breweries, owners of Cascade Brewery and the associated land, says it wants to continue working with the council to develop a vision for the land that will benefit Hobart.

But no further details about the vision for the land has been revealed.

“We’ve made clear that we have no plans to develop any of the estate for residential purposes because this issue has been of interest to the people of South Hobart for some time,” a CUB spokesman said.

“We are happy with the estate in its present form and are committed to working with the City of Hobart on land management and potential further shared use with the City.

“We take seriously our responsibility for the estate, including its environmental and cultural significance.”

Jeff Briscoe

Hobart alderman and parks and recreation chairman Jeff Briscoe. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE

A memorandum of understanding was signed in 2014, which paved the way for the draft

Cascade Estate Strategic Land Review between the council and CUB.

The review was completed in late 2015 but CUB had not previously committed to any position.

Hobart alderman and parks and recreation chairman Jeff Briscoe welcomed the news.

“By saying they have no plans for residential development means no plans to stop public access along the trails,” he said.

“I think it shows CUB is a good corporate citizen.

“We could use it for better fire management and weed control while continuing our relationship with them.”

The parks and recreation committee will consider CUB’s position at a meeting on Thursday.

Last year, the Mount Wellington Cableway Company hoped to use land at the historic Hobart brewery site for its cable car terminus but CUB said it was not convinced the project had enough community support and declared that no land would be sold or leased to support the cable car project.