LEST WE FORGET: The idea to plant an avenue of trees like this one will be brought in front of the council on Monday.
LEST WE FORGET: The idea to plant an avenue of trees like this one will be brought in front of the council on Monday. Matthew Newton

Proposal for a soldier tribute

ONE woman from Stanthorpe has a dream of paying tribute to all of those Stanthorpe residents who have served in world conflicts.

Sue Johnson's vision is to plant an Avenue of Honour at the northern entrance to Stanthorpe.

She said this could be extended to the southern entrance.

Since settlement in the 1870s, members of the Stanthorpe community have served alongside other Australians in conflicts Australia has been involved with around the world.

"Few communities in Australia have such close associations as Stanthorpe has with one of those conflicts in particular,” she said.

"I refer of course to the soldier settlements of Amiens, Bapaume, Pozieres etcetera after World War One.”

Mrs Johnson envisioned the Avenue of Honour to consist of trees which will change with the seasons.

"Stanthorpe is an iconic part of Queensland, being the only part of our state which truly enjoys the colourful aspects of the four seasons,” she said.

Mrs Johnson said the trees could replace the existing yellow Robinias which were prone to disease and suckering.

"I see this as a wonderful addition to our town and a chance to honour the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice of November 11, 1918,” she said.

"My vision is to see the Avenue dedicated on Remembrance Day next year.”

The project initiator said such a feature would become a statement for the Granite Belt and a tourist attraction in autumn each year.

"Statutory requirements will have to be met, along with council permission, for the project to proceed, therefore community support is vitally important,” she said.

Mrs Johnson will be putting this idea to council on Monday on 9am.

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