Town is ‘crying out for change’
TOWN planner John Mongard, hired to aid the proposed streetscape revamp for Stanthorpe, said the town was crying out for a change.
"This is a really good chance to create a solid, integrated plan so the town doesn't grow willy-nilly," he said.
But Cr Denise Ingram said work couldn't commence until adequate funds were approved.
"At this stage there's no money to go ahead with the restructure," she said.
"We need a consultant like John to create a plan so that we can apply for the appropriate grants."
Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Peter Blundell said the $80,000 spent to acquire Mr Mongard's services was money well spent.
"Council has budgeted for this upgrade for quite some time," he said.
"The reality is that we can't ask for any money to complete the works without a thorough plan."
Residents addressed their concerns at a shop-front ideas hub over the weekend, making suggestions for the proposed facelift.
Mr Mongard called on the assistance of all community members to have their say in the process.
"There's been some good work done already but there's plenty more to do," Mr Mongard said.
"I imagine by Tuesday we will have over 1000 ideas from people all over town."
Mr Mongard has watched over the redesign of towns all over Australia, including the recent facelift in Tenterfield, and said that a facelift would only boost Stanthorpe's tourism appeal.
"Stanthorpe is a destination with great food, great wine and festivals," he said.
"Plenty of people come here and more people should be able to come."
According to Mr Mongard, work could begin relatively quickly if a plan was adopted and the appropriate funding was approved.
"Tenterfield set up a shop-front ideas hub just over a year ago and they have already rebuilt the main street down there," he said.
"The facelift has already brought out the character of the town in the main street, making it somewhere people want to visit."
Mr Mongard hoped to visit a number of community groups over the weekend, including the Lions and Rotary. He attended a council meeting on Friday night.
"Now is the time to speak up if you have a problem or an idea," he said.
"If it's an important issue with the backing of other people, the cream of the ideas will rise to the top."