Some of the most shared stories via examiner.com.au are those relating to business and events.
Many of the comments follow two narratives.
People identifying the business or event in order to visit or participate or congratulate those involved on their innovation and contribution to our community with a hope it will encourage people to participate or think big themselves.
There are always the naysayers. The people who complain that a street is closed due to a public event or that the cost is too high.
While these people will always exist – particularly on social media – there is a genuine feeling of excitement in Northern Tasmania.
For the past couple of years, The Examiner has discussed the “buzz” in Northern Tasmania. That, as a region, we are on the cusp of our new future.
Recent events and announcements give us cause to say we are already there – now it’s a matter of just how great we will be. For many organisations, including The Examiner, the aim is for Launceston to be the greatest regional city in the world.
The neighbouring municipalities play a role in this status.
For instance, the One Night Stand at St Helens or golf at Barnbougle, all contribute to that status.
Most recently we have been discovering we can do things as well, if not better, than Hobart or even mainland cities.
The Junction Arts Festival has this year introduced the Open House event.
This has happened in many areas around Australia and the first time in Launceston this weekend.
The demand has been huge, with many of the 16 participating buildings sold out before the event.
Junction, somewhat, brings us out of hibernation every year. The carefully curated program injects life into the city after what can feel like a long, dark winter.
The committee is to be congratulated and thanked for their innovation.
The festival is another example of that innovation our readers love and community, in turn, should embrace.