Northern Tasmania should be grateful for visionary businessmen like Errol Stewart.
The latest plans to further invest in infrastructure for the greater good is yet another example of why.
His vision to resurrect the derelict-century-old Kings Wharf is the next logical step in capping off the Tamar River’s newest hotspot.
It will compliment Mr Stewart's Seaport and Silo Hotel developments nicely, along with the council’s beautification of Riverbend Park and Seaport pedestrian bridge.
To use Mr Stewart’s own words: “The wharf is stuffed. It’s completely unusable, unserviceable, it’s ugly and a blight on the river system”.
The wharf has been a blot on the landscape since it was destroyed by fire some years ago. Admittedly the Tamar isn’t the most beautiful site at low tide, but investment on its banks provides infrastructure to help make it better.
A new 400-metre long and 15-metre wide wharf and subsequent shed would provide another area to stage events in the city.
A smaller scale to Hobart’s Princes Wharf.
The land is owned by the Crown so it would need state and local government support and approval, but they would be stupid not to so long as the proposal met all the required standards.
The Hodgman Government and Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten have both rightly given the exciting concept the thumbs up.
Any significant investment is a sign of strong economic confidence.
One thing a region needs to thrive and something Launceston has had a fair bit of late, thanks largely to Mr Stewart.
Arguably the best redevelopment of late has been of another eyesore – the CH Smith building.
There is a lot to look forward to with 2019 dubbed the Year of the North by the tourism industry.
However, with various developments such as these and the University of Tasmania Inveresk shift and growing number of public events it could be applied to many aspects of the region.