Stanthorpe's Thermometer takes BIG leap towards completion

It may already be home to the Big Apple but Stanthorpe is well under way to boasting another impressive landmark after the Big Thermometer was installed at the end of February. 

The structural component of the Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce’s Big Thermometer was installed in Rotary Park and the granite pieces will be attached to the monument in coming weeks. 

Southern Downs Regional Council has contributed approximately $50,000 worth of funding to the project, completing the construction of the footpath from Stanthorpe’s Visitor Information Centre to the monument. 

Council will also complete the construction of a parallel parking area now the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival has come to an end. 

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 is on track to be completed by July in time for Stanthorpe’s cold 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. 

“The Big Thermometer has been a long-term vision of the Stanthorpe community and everyone involved should be proud to see the project on its way to completion,” 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.”

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