Council Funding Allows Completion of Stanthorpe’s Big Thermometer
Stanthorpe can now boast another impressive landmark with the Big Thermometer project fast approaching completion.
The structural component of the Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce’s Big Thermometer now takes pride of place in Rotary Park only the rock façade left to finish.
Southern Downs Regional Council initially agreed to contribute approximately $50,000 worth of funding to the project, completing the construction of the footpath from Stanthorpe’s Visitor Information Centre to the monument. However, Council supported the entirety of the project with additional funding, contributing $91,000 to ensure that the Big Thermometer could be completed.
The project also included the construction of a parallel parking area.
The long-awaited Big Thermometer, which is located on the banks of Quart Pot Creek, was given the green-light in February 2017, after Southern Downs Councillors voted unanimously to approve the project.
The new landmark will be completed in time for some of Stanthorpe’s coldest winter temperatures.
Councillor for Regional Promotion, Tourism and the Arts, Rod Kelly said the landmark is set to become synonymous with Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt, which is well-known as the coldest region in Queensland.
“The Big Thermometer has been a long-term vision of the Stanthorpe community and everyone involved should be proud to see the project now complete,” Cr Kelly said.
“The landmark will be just one more reason for tourists to visit Stanthorpe and enjoy everything the lively Granite Belt has to offer. I am delighted Council has been able to support the project and provide important funding to help make that possible.”
The Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce has been the driving force behind the Big Thermometer project and has worked closely with Council to bring it to completion. Vice President Mick Spiller said: “The Thermometer will be another iconic landmark for Stanthorpe, and couldn’t have been completed without the Council, who is the major sponsor of the project.”