ON THE wall above Andrew Nikolic's desk in the Launceston home office that has been election headquarters for two years is a large photograph of Alpha Company 1982.
The future Bass MHR is standing proudly at the front of his 130 men, all dressed in army fatigues, all to attention.
``That's my company,'' said Mr Nikolic yesterday.
``I was their OC [Office Commanding] _ we won the Canberra Cup as the champion company.''
The men of Alpha Company would be proud of their commanding officer if the Nikolic election campaign headquarters is anything to go by.
At the end of a long morning out on the hustings, removing election signs yesterday, it still bore the evidence of a campaign planned with military precision.
It's the way that the former army brigadier aims to continue.
His first 100 days in office will be spent hard at work ticking off the funding commitments made to the Bass electorate during the past five weeks as they are achieved.
They will include implementing the strategies outlined in the Liberals economic recovery plan to generate jobs.
Much of the planning work has already been done.
``I've had our leader [Tony Abbott] here 13 times and 30 of his parliamentary colleagues here to visit over the past two years,'' Mr Nikolic said.
``I've taken a structured approach to each visit so that I've written them a brief about the things in Bass that are in their portfolios.
``Then I'd do a visit brief and give them a verbal brief while they were here, then a fuller debriefing after they went home.''
He believes this thorough approach means his federal Liberal colleagues are already well versed about Tasmania's issues and he can hit the ground running today to attend to Northern Tasmanian issues.
He will continue a strategy started during his election campaign of bringing together all levels of government and business to do with the same issue to avoid communication break-down like some in the past such as major schools infrastructure opened by federal politicians at the same time as their state counterparts reveal that the school could close.
He hopes to secure increased funding for health to build staff numbers at the Launceston General Hospital, to re-open programs like Hospital-in-the-Home, shut down by budget cuts.
And he has started work on plans to set Northern Tasmania up as a stronger entry point to the state.
``Instead of people flying in, visiting Salamanca and MONA and leaving, I want to see the North as a hub with spokes such as North-East bike trails, Yondover cheese and cool weather wine trails to encourage people to do other things,'' he said.
When pressed about his political aspirations, Mr Nikolic replied with a twinkle in his eye that he had ministerial ambitions.
``I want to be the minister for Bass,'' he said.