Stanthorpe’s cool new monument
PLANS for the much-anticipated Big Thermometer are heating up, with projections the icon could be ready in time for next year’s Snowflakes in Stanthorpe festival.
The project has been in the pipeline since 2002 but is back on track after securing a $35,000 grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce’s John Bylicki said there was a lot of work still to be done to complete it and emphasis would be placed on developing a town monument that would suit its surroundings.
“It’s going to be very visible so it has got to be aesthetically pleasing and fit the personality of Stanthorpe,” Mr Bylicki said.
“There have been a number of suggestions about what it should look like and we will have to go back to that and make sure it is in keeping with the latest version of our streetscape plan and that what we
come up with will be something the majority of people will appreciate and be proud of.”
It will not only be designed as a celebration of the area’s renowned weather and a tourist attraction but also to have a practical application by incorporating an up-to-date temperature display.
“Now that we’ve got the money we’ve got to build this thing and get the Bureau of Meteorology on board to get the readings from Quart Pot Creek, where it’s going to be situated,” Mr Bylicki said.
“We’ve got a 12-month period to get this thing completed in; whatever we put up will be for the long term so we’ve got to make sure that it’s right.”
The Chamber of Commerce weren’t the only winners in the recent round of funding, with seven projects and organisations in the Stanthorpe area being allocated a total of $179,301 between them.
Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg said the Gambling Community Benefit Fund provided one-off grants to Queensland not-for-profit community organisations, with revenues sourced from gaming taxes.
“These grants will be of great benefit to our local community organisations who work extremely hard to provide services and add to the enhancement our district,” he said.