Plenty of ideas but state needs a road map
EVERY week I take a leader or change-maker to a cafe of their choice to talk about their vision for the future of Tasmania.
My first guest, in winter last year, was environmental leader Bob Brown, at Retro Cafe in Salamanca Place.
Last week it was wine industry champion Curly HaslamCoates, with whom I chatted over a glass of sparkling in a premium waterfront suite at MACq01 Hotel.
In between, I’ve interviewed dozens of big-picture thinkers for the column, which runs on Thursdays, and a few common themes have struck me.
Funnily enough, each and every guest has appeared to love Tasmania with a remarkable depth and passion.
And to love her for all that she is — and much of what she isn’t.
Everybody raves about the Tassie lifestyle. And few guests seem at all inclined to compromise their standards for the sake of making a quick buck or enriching themselves beyond a level that can comfortably fund a good life in Tasmania with the odd spot of international travel.
Amid all the good cheer, though, and many astonishingly good ideas for how to help Tasmania grow and prosper without losing what is so precious about it, I have also detected a level of frustration among these energetic souls.
There’s a hell of a lot of very clever Tasmanians out there working super-hard to realise worthy goals, but there is a strong sense our elected leaders are doing little to develop a true road map.
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it 100 times: we need to come together to agree on a shared vision, write it down and stay true to it.
It sounds good in theory, but who will bell the cat?