The Southern Downs Council’s new Welcome to Queensland signs at Wallangarra were unveiled last week. They are a visual reminder of the beauty of the Southern Downs and Granite Belt as visitors cross the New South Wales-Queensland border.

Southern Downs Councillor Yve Stocks made the upgrade of the signs a priority and said she could not be happier with the results.

“These signs are the first impression for visitors entering our beautiful state and they will be greeted by an appealing welcome. As the southern gateway to Queensland, this sign reflects on our region as a tourist destination,” said Stocks.

The Welcome to Queensland signs at Wallangarra were in disrepair, and the Council decided that the upgrade of the signs to welcome visitors into the region would be a boost to tourism for Wallangarra and the Southern Downs and Granite Belt. The Council worked in partnership with Tourism & Events Queensland (TEQ) on the project.

“This is a great example of the Council’s commitment to tourism and promoting the Southern Downs and Granite Belt as a visitor destination,” said Stocks.

The artwork was completed by a local Ballandean sign-writer, Graham Parker, and installed by Council.

Stocks has issued a challenge to Tenterfield Shire Council to upgrade their side of the signs, welcoming visitors into their region.

“We share the asset with Tenterfield Shire Council and worked with them on this project, so now it’s their turn,” said Stocks.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said that the signs are high-quality and well-made, meaning that they will last for a long time.

“The best part about these signs is that Council can update them every few years, to keep them looking fresh and current,” said Dobie.

Read about the cross-border alliance here.