ICONIC NEWS: Member for Maranoa David Littleproud and Stephen Tancred joined Chamber of Commerce representatives Josh Cavallaro, president Ian Henderson, Amanda Harrold, Scott Bradburn and Mick Spiller for a Big Thermometer funding announcement.
ICONIC NEWS: Member for Maranoa David Littleproud and Stephen Tancred joined Chamber of Commerce representatives Josh Cavallaro, president Ian Henderson, Amanda Harrold, Scott Bradburn and Mick Spiller for a Big Thermometer funding announcement. Matthew Purcell

Big lift for thermometer

STANTHORPE'S large-scale drawcard, the Big Thermometer, is a step closer to being realised.

But already, our neighbouring town of Warwick is mounting a challenge to grab big icon tourist status (see story below).

Queensland is known for big attractions and soon Stanthorpe will have an iconic giant of its own, with a little help from the Federal Government.

"Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce will receive $10,000 for the big thermometer project which is set to not only become an icon but also help tourists navigate the dropping mercury during a winter's visit to the Granite Belt,” Member for Maranoa David Littleproud announced on Thursday.

"This project has been discussed for many years and I'm excited to announce that this funding will help make the big thermometer dream into a reality,” Mr Littleproud said.

"Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce's community vision will not only provide a proud icon for the community but also add another tourism attraction to the vibrant Granite Belt.

"Locals know their community best and have innovative ideas on how to support their region, so when it comes to advocating for funding, Maranoa is ahead of the game.” The funding announce-

ment was a proud moment for Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce's Mick Spiller, who has nurtured the initiative from an early stage.

"The foundation base for the long awaited Big Thermometer project has been completed,” Mr Spiller said. "Further work on the Big Thermometer, in Rotary park, adjacent to the visitor information centre will start soon.

"The BT steering committee has been overwhelmed with the generosity of our wonderful community, receiving donations and purchase of commemorative plaques to line the edge of the pathway,” he said.

If you wish to buy a plaque to help push the project along, go on to the Chamber of Commerce website or call at Maddie's Gift Gallery or M & D Auto Parts.

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