Stanthorpe's big thermometer given green light
STANTHORPE could soon have another big bucket-list landmark.
It's been a long time coming, but Southern Downs Regional Council has approved the installation of the Big Thermometer at Stanthorpe's Rotary Park.
Councillors voted unanimously in support of the location, on the banks of Quart Pot Creek, at Thursday's general meeting in Warwick.
Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce president John Bylicki welcomed the move.
While it's unclear how long the remainder of the process could take, Mr Bylicki said they hoped to have the landmark installed in time for this year's Snowflakes in Stanthorpe festival, from June 30-July 2.
He said they planned to hold a soft launch for the project in a combined Harmony Day event.
Mr Bylicki said this was a big step in the right direction and would bolster Stanthorpe as a tourist destination, drawing on its title as the coldest town in Queensland.
At last week's meeting, councillors pushed to fund the project.
With an application for federal funds in the works, Mr Bylicki had high hopes the costs - estimated to be $31,418 - could be covered from a number of avenues.
The estimated cost would include earthworks, a caravan parking bay and concrete footpath.
Deputy Mayor Jo McNally said it was time to allocate the funding for the project.
Councillor Neil Meiklejohn said he was happy to second a motion to fund the works immediately.
Chief executive David Keenan said the Big Thermometer would eventually be an asset of the council and confirmed the change of allocation of capital works funds would be reported as part of the third-quarter budget review process.
Cr Marika McNichol said it was a great initiative.
"People going over the bridge will be able to see it in a strategic position. It would be great benefit for visitors and great pride for the Stanthorpe community.”