22 March 2022
Plans to enhance Stanthorpe’s unique country character and charm are progressing as Southern Downs Regional Council moves to invigorate the streetscape beautification project for the CBD.
Council is talking to the professional landscape architect who developed the 2015 masterplan and will be talking to the community in the coming months to garner ideas for Maryland and High Streets.
Southern Downs Councillor Stephen Tancred looked forward to the process evolving and delivering a plan that reflected the community’s vibrant and diverse identity.
“Stanthorpe’s beautiful main street already boasts some quirky street art that captivates locals and tourists alike and the precinct will likely see more exciting enhancements over the next few years,” Councillor Tancred said.
“We have begun planning the next phase of the foundation masterplan that has guided the refurb so well over the past decade and talking to our community will be pivotal to progressing the next stage for realising the locals’ vision for the CBD.
“Stanthorpe’s main street is sometimes described as a dog-leg design, but it’s certainly not a dog! The pedigree of the main street is mixed; it starts as High Street, turns into Maryland Street and rounds out as Wallangarra Road. Just like a crossbred cattle dog, each piece of parentage adds a bit of character. We love our dog-legged street with its flower beds, trees, piazza, heritage buildings and murals!
“Let’s get our thinking caps on. Engineers, artists, street users, tourist bodies and the Chamber of Commerce will all be consulted, so start thinking Stanthorpe!”
Previous projects through the 2015 masterplan have improved the character and vibrancy of Fromes Laneway and Rogers Street carpark.
Fromes Lane has become quite the showcase with beautification works transforming the existing laneway between shopfronts with a vine covered arbor, coloured asphalt to style the walkway, timber seating, murals and sensitive lighting with an objective to entice people to utilise the Rogers Street Carpark before enjoying a short stroll to main street shopping, services and facilities.
Works to a previously vacant brownfield site on Rogers Street transformed the area into a sealed and illuminated asphalt carpark with linked walkways, deciduous shade trees, perimeter gardens, mural and sculpture with a goal to attracting long term parking.
Last edited date 22 Mar 2022