Gateways to town need makeover
THE Rose City has a beautiful streetscape, but how many tourists know it’s there?
Warwick Credit Union CEO Lewis von Stieglitz has pitched the idea for trees to be planted at the entrances to town as well as sculptures and signs to point our visitors into the heart of Warwick.
“(Our entrances) undersell the town – we have such a great streetscape,” Mr von Stieglitz said.
“More trees would set the town apart from others and any sculpture or signs that would catch the eye are a great idea.”
Mr von Stieglitz envisions an avenue of deciduous trees leading into the Rose City to encourage people passing through to stop and discover what the town has to offer.
“I think a lot of visitors don’t get to see the full quality of the city – if they did they might take a moment to spend more time in town and spend money,” he said.
Sculpture Symposium creative director Paul Stumkat discussed the idea of a sculpture for the entrance to Warwick during a presentation to the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) Community Services committee meeting last week.
But Mr Stumkat said this kind of project would take more than two weeks to perfect.
“It would need to be something quite significant and it would take more time,” he said. “There is a lot of potential to do something that would reinforce our culture.”
He said the State Government initiative art+place would be the perfect opportunity for the project.
Councillor Ross Bartley said he would like to see decent infrastructure coming into Warwick to identify the town to passers-by.
“I would like to see something that makes an entrance statement, whether that is trees or signs,” he said.
Cr Bartley highlighted the efforts of the country community of Yangan who are putting in their own welcome signs using their well-known product of sandstone.
“I know with budget constraints it might not happen for a while but we need to do some homework to put something in that fits the area as an identifier,” he said.
Gardening guru Claire Cunningham from Enchanted Garden nursery said she would like to see deciduous and natives along the entrance to create a great feel for the town.
“With deciduous trees they are attractive to visitors from Brisbane as they don’t get to see a lot of them,” Mrs Cunningham said.
“Any trees would be a complement to the town – you can never have too many trees.”