Plenty of ideas but state needs a road map

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - AMANDA DUCKER

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?

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