The Ugg Boot Lady staff member Julie Hodgetts.
The Ugg Boot Lady staff member Julie Hodgetts.

Six foot Ugg could draw crowds

VISITORS from all around the world flock to the Granite Belt for its climate, wine, national parks and produce.

But possibly it could be a six foot, pink Ugg boot that draws the crowds in the near future if an iconic Glen Aplin shop gets its way.

Marika McNichol, also known as The Ugg Boot Lady, started out about five years ago with a car and tarp at the side of the highway selling boots made by her sister.

Now the Stanthorpe entrepreneur has seen significant expansion with her own shop just off the New England Highway at Glen Aplin.

Ms McNichol is hoping to take her enterprise to the next level with the planned erection of a giant pink Ugg Boot so potential customers don't miss the Kerridges Road exit, as well as a planned expansion of the shopitself.

At yesterday's Southern Downs Regional Council general meeting, all councillors voted to approve her application, subject to a number of conditions, putting the boot one step closer to fruition.

Director of Planning and Environment Ken Harris yesterday told councillors there were a couple of outstanding planning matters relating to an existing building that would need to be addressed, but that subject to conditions, such as the applicant maintaining it and ensuring the lighting wasn't distracting to drivers, he would be happy for it to go ahead.

Cr Mally McMurtrie asked how big the boot would be and was told it's expected to be six metres high.

“It's potentially a big boot,” quipped Mayor Ron Bellingham.

Ms McNichol will also have to satisfy any requirements of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Ugg Boot Lady staffer Julie Hodgetts said she was thrilled the plans got the thumbs up from council and hope the business could jump through all thenecessary hoops.

“We're so excited about the possibility of having our big pink Ugg boot,” she told the Daily News yesterday.

“I've just had some people in from Brisbane who said they had driven by a number of times and couldn't find us.

“The giant boot would be afantastic help and I'm sure, just like the Big Apple, people would come from all over to see it.”



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