There is no doubt optimism about Launceston and its future is on the rise, but a plan to take it from a good regional city to a great one still requires some work.
Many parts are moving to ensure Tasmania's future is prosperous with the Launceston City Deal, the Great Regional City Challenge and the Northern Tasmania Development Corporation's Draft Northern Tasmania Regional Economic Development Strategy to name a few. It is great that there is good energy about what Northern Tasmania may look like in the decades ahead, but the planning needs to be more than paperwork and grand ideas.
It needs to be action-driven by the three levels of government, business and more importantly - the community.
And several key projects could lead to significant economic growth in the region in the next decade or two, including the Northern Prison, the co-located Launceston private hospital and attracting a hydrogen energy industry to Bell Bay.
All great projects, but the state government remains quiet on details for the new private hospital and there appears to be no strategy to attract a hydrogen industry, unlike Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia. We must remain head of the game, not behind.
Northern Tasmania must attract more people of working age to live here and to do that there needs to be a diverse and innovative economy. Factors in the past that have impacted economic growth are Tasmania's poor education and health outcomes - these must be addressed.
While these types of strategies all help to bring cohesiveness to big ideas, they won't mean anything if it doesn't have the support of the people who live here.
That will be achieved by putting some runs on the board and ensuring concrete goals are not only established, but met.
The only way to gain support is by proving there are benefits.
Northern Tasmanians should be ambitious about its future and the approach must be collaborative. People from the ground up must be passionate and hands-on about what can be achieved.