It may already be home to the Big Apple but Stanthorpe is set to boast another impressive landmark with the Big Thermometer. The new icon was partially installed at the end of February. The Big Thermometer is not just for show, it will accurately tell the temperatures of Stanthorpe to anyone who sees it.

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

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

The Council also has plans to complete the construction of a parallel parking area now that the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is over.

The long-awaited Big Thermometer, which is located on the banks of Quart Pot Creek, was allowed to go ahead with planning and construction 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 to show off Stanthorpe’s cold winter temperatures.

Councillor for Regional Promotion, Tourism and the Arts, Rod Kelly, said the landmark was 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.

“I am delighted Council has been able to support the project and provide important funding to help make that possible.”

The new landmark will be another of the many reasons for tourists to visit Stanthorpe and enjoy everything the lively Granite Belt has to offer. Even the local community is excited to see the Big Thermometer once it is complete.

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