Call us cold, but that's our claim to fame
I DECIDED that this week I wouldn't mention the word 'weather' in my editorial.
I mean, there are a thousand things going on in my world at any given time, surely there is more to my life than weather.
But then the Warwick Daily News (my much beloved sister paper) ran the headline 'Coolest place in Queensland' on their page three story on Tuesday and I literally saw red.
Let's call a spade a spade, the Granite Belt IS the coolest place in Queensland and anyone who is anyone knows it.
I understand everyone tries to copy the cool kids (and let's face it, we are definitely the cool kids) but to try to steal our claim to fame is just not appropriate.
At the end of the day, we know who we are on the Granite Belt. Our brand is not confused. It is consistent and specific. We are a tourist destination. We pride ourselves on our complete package - the wine, the food, the accommodation, the scenery and the weather.
I have never read a headline in the Stanthorpe Border Post that reads "Stanthorpe hosts the most famous rodeo in Australia”.
And why? Because we don't. Simple isn't it.
So, Warwick managed to have one day that was -.01 degrees colder than Stanthorpe (and I open that one up for debate), but in no way does that give the right to the claim.
This is not a new debate... as I trawl through the Border Post archives I have found many articles rebutting a claim that has been put out by our northern neighbours as to being the coldest town (Oakey have even tried that one).
So how do we stop this? The time has come to build our big thermometer.
Get behind this idea.
Contact those involved in putting together the plans and getting the money needed to make this dream a reality.
We need to stand loud and proud. And for those of you visiting our region this weekend... welcome to the Granite Belt.... the coldest place in Queensland.