AS I STEPPED off the plane in Sydney the lightness of being hit me.
Having just spent a month overseas the relief at being home was palpable. This lightness is in the environment, the people and the general ethos of the country.
I have been asked to put pen to paper and write my vision for the future of our fair state, and the clarity that comes from returning is exactly what I needed to do this.
From the cleanest air on the planet to fertile pastures and abundant oceans, pristine protected wilderness, clean hydro power and well-preserved built heritage.
These are the legacies our forbearers have gifted us and we have to be very mindful that we do not own them but are merely temporary stewards protecting, utilising and creating opportunities from these for future generations.
We as a community have to start thinking and fostering legacy industries that will be sustainable for centuries and generations, not the quick-fix 30-50 year industrial life-span which creates the wild peaks and troughs of the modern economy.
Our forestry industry could be envied globally if we looked at the opportunities to really truly value add.
Being a sustainable renewable resource, capturing carbon as it grows, it is a perfect product to innovate with and create the building products of the future, using our unique timbers and plantations.
Modern Tasmania was founded on agriculture, feeding the early European settlers, and it continues to provide business opportunities, jobs and training 150 plus years on.
Our moratorium on producing GM products, legislation against the use of artificial hormones in red meat production and free- range, grass-fed happy animals provides us with some of the best meat on earth.
The planet will need to be fed in the future, and although Tasmania will remain a small part of this, we can provide those high-value niche products not only locally but also globally.
Untapped resources abound. Tasmania has wind in spades, massive tidal movements, geothermal resources and lots of sun. Alternative energies are our future.
Don't wreck the delicate agricultural lands eking out the last of the fossil fuels that will eventually become dinosaur energy producers. Look to the future.
Accessing the wilderness to create unique and sensitive ecotourism operations in some special locations to further add to our reputation for world-class natural experiences is crucial.
Being able to bring peace to the Tarkine and show the rest of the world how we can have forestry, mining, tourism and conservation living in harmony, providing a future for the regional community while preserving such a special place to share with the rest of the planet, would be a great coup.
This constant talk of doom and gloom is throwing us back to the days of the cultural cringe and is really self-defeating.
As Australians and Tasmanians we enjoy a wealth of opportunity and support systems envied globally. We whinge a lot about what we don't have, rather than appreciating what we do. It is up to us to create the future we want for ourselves and for future generations.
To realise the future we want, we must do this together.
We have to be brave enough to allow the right developments enough oxygen to get up and running. There are so many fantastic projects in the pipeline that will capitalise on the strengths we have in the state.
Living our Tasmanian brand, our clean, green and clever brand should embody every decision we make for our future.
A vision for this bright future, resources to support it and a community to embrace and live it, will see Tassie take its rightful place as an aspirational destination not only to visit but to live, create, grow and invest in.
A wicked sense of humour is needed as well, to keep the lightness in who we are.
KIM SEAGRAM is a partner with the Stillwater and Black Cow restaurants.