Forum to set new vision for region

NORTHERN Tasmanians are being called on to have their say about what the region will look like in 2020 and to help make their vision a reality.

The Northern Young Professionals Network is hosting a free Vision 2020 Forum on Thursday night at the Annexe Theatre, Inveresk, that is open to everyone.

The forum will look at five ideas about how to shape Tasmania's future and will include a question-and- answer scenario to list the pros and cons of the ideas, and the best ways to make it happen.

Network chairman Rick Marton said there was always too much talk about young people leaving the state and not enough to give people a vision to look forward too.

"Sometimes people move away because there are things happening and visions for other places, and if that's the case, it's time we make that happen here," Mr Marton said.

He said one of the first issues the group had discovered was that 27 per cent of children in Tasmania had parents who didn't work.

"There are a lot of programs that could help to address that but at the moment they all worked singularly," Mr Marton said.

"If they all worked collaboratively ... they could see more outcomes."

Other ideas that will be discussed on Thursday night include a strategic transport plan, creating a passenger rail-line from Hobart to Launceston and trying to attract Google to build a data centre in the Tamar Valley.

"[Google] looks for progressive societies in which to invest, but we also understand that there have been other groups such as Tas Leaders who have already looked into this," Mr Marton said. "So we're hoping, if we can get all of these people together, we might find a solution."

The free forum will start at 6pm and run until 8.30pm. People are asked to register via nypn.com.au.

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