OPENED: Committee members cut the ribbon for the Big Thermometer.
OPENED: Committee members cut the ribbon for the Big Thermometer. Sandra McEwan

Big ceremony for big landmark

LESLIE Pde was the place to be on Saturday afternoon as the Big Thermometer had it's official ribbon cutting.

Approximately 200 locals and tourists watched more than a decade of work come to fruition, including three councillors and state member James Lister. Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce vice-president Mick Spiller said with the project finally finished he was feeling a sense of relief and reward.

"It's really better than I ever thought it would look, it came up well,” Mr Spiller said.

He said he was impressed by how many people had been following the project.

"I spoke to people that had been watching the progress from the start which was 18 months ago,” he said.

"I'm just overwhelmed with the result for the community.”

Mr Spiller was excited by all the families who attended, especially those who bought plaques, noting there are still some available for purchase.

He hoped the Big Thermometer would become a place local community groups and organisations could use to promote their events and the region with Snowflakes Festival already planning to utilise the landmark for their launch next year.

He said the committee will now work alongside Rotary club to finish the landscaping and put in picnic tables and eventually playground equipment.

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