New Bridge and Carpark Names Unveiled

At the January General Meeting, Council resolved to name the new Boxs Road Bridge at Tannymorel and the Rogers Street carpark after the community made a number of submissions to Council. Council recently completed the construction of the new bridge on Boxs Road at Tannymorel and called on the community to suggest a name.

The bridge will be named Tom Petersen Bridge. The Petersen family have a long legacy of living near the bridge on Boxs Road since the early 1920’s and the current owners are 4th and 5th generation Petersens. 

Portfolio Councillor Planning and Property Meiklejohn said it was significant to be able to recognise some of the region’s forebears in the naming of the bridge.

“The Box family have had a strong attachment to the area and the road is named after their family. Likewise, the Petersen family have been in the area for four or five generations and it’s wonderful that families are allowed the opportunity to remember their loved ones into the future,” Cr Meiklejohn said.

 “We are a proud multicultural community and that includes our rich history since European settlement and our Danish heritage.”

The Petersen’s are the only remaining family in the Tannymorel district that has a relationship spanning five generations with this particular crossing on Farm Creek. 

In 2017 Council completed the upgrade to the Rogers Street Car Park and called on the community to suggest a name.

The car park will be named Doug Smith Carpark in honour of the former Stanthorpe Shire Councillor.  

Doug Smith put forward a plan for a new car park outlining the site, size and benefits. He was a strong member of the Chamber of Commerce and operated a large emporium, Furnishings ‘n Things, at the southern end of the CBD. During his time on Council, the Stanthorpe Plaza with a major supermarket and a string of speciality shops opened on the northern CBD.

Council extended their appreciation to the community for their input, having received a number of detailed, well thought out submissions.

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