Spend time in Stanthorpe
TENTERFIELD - 60km, Tamworth - 360km, Sydney - 720km . . . but poor old Stanthorpe misses out.
Well hopefully not for much longer, as the Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce investigates the potential for new signs at the northern and southern entrances of the town in an attempt to attract more visitors in for a break.
Concerns were initially raised by Top of the Town Caravan Park owner David Marks when visitors told him they had "only turned into Stanthorpe on a whim and have been surprised by the attractions".
"They had no idea that this was available in Stanthorpe," Mr Marks said.
"I mulled over it for while and decided to put our money where our mouth is and come up with a generic sign to get people to stop in Stanthorpe."
The idea was taken to the chamber of commerce and eventually the council, with both groups jumping on it.
Chamber of commerce president Norm Crisp said preliminary research was under way and costings were being prepared for the proposed 8m x 5m signs.
"If we can arrange for a decent sign to get them to turn left or right and come into town, it's going to be a benefit for our businesses," Mr Crisp said.
"But we're a long way from finalising the makeup of the sign and would like to hear from interested parties and what they think should be included.
"Once we've got costings in we would hope to approach GBWT, council and the (Stanthorpe) chamber for some financial assistance in seeing this to fruition.
"We think it's worthwhile following up to see if we can get two signs put up."
Anyone with any ideas or drawings, please email them to the Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce at stanthorpecoc@ granitenet.com.au.