WHO WE ARE: A new sign has been installed on the border, welcoming people into the best state. The sign which reads Queenslander, is an ode to former local and State of Origin legend Billy Moore.
WHO WE ARE: A new sign has been installed on the border, welcoming people into the best state. The sign which reads Queenslander, is an ode to former local and State of Origin legend Billy Moore. Southern Downs Regional Council

State pride is on show

QUEENSLAND pride is now on show at the state border at Wallangarra, with a new sign paying homage to our state and a bit of rugby league history.

Former Stanthorpe boy Billy Moore famously coined the term "Queenslander” in an iconic State of Origin moment.

That slogan now has a permanent place on our landscape, as well as our memories.

"Billy Moore coined the term 'Queenslander' a long time ago and we all know what it means - Queensland is a wonderful place to visit and of course to live,” Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said.

"This was a priority project of Wallangarra's Urban Design Framework and we secured funding through Works for Queensland to build the sign on the border in Wallangarra to welcome our residents home or proudly welcome our visitors to the region, to Queensland's beautiful Southern Downs and Granite Belt.

"The completion of the sign could not have come at a better time with the maroons beating the blues in the first round of the State of Origin, and it was wonderful to be able to share the new Queenslander sign with some very excited and proud Wallangarra State School students on Friday.”

The $150,000 projects also includes upgrades to rest areas with additional shelters, barbecues and seating near the train sign.

Council has also flagged streetscape improvements and a community garden as other projects on their radar for the border.

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