Smith’s legacy is re­mem­bered

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

ONE of the late Doug Smith’s pet projects has been posthu­mously named in his hon­our.

It was Mr Smith who had the vi­sion to ob­tain the land on Rogers St with a view of one day turn­ing it into a carpark area for tourists and shop­pers.

The carpark, com­pleted by the coun­cil last year, will now of­fi­cially be known as Doug Smith Car Park.

The former Stan­thorpe Shire coun­cil­lor and deputy mayor’s name was one of nine op­tions pre­sented to the coun­cil.

Sa­muel Lee’s name was put for­ward, as was the op­tion of Wells Car Park, recog­nis­ing Ge­orge and Dell Wells.

Former coun­cil­lor Mally McMur­trie, ex-coun­cil staffer Greg Thouard, along with coun­cil­lor Vic Pen­nisi, were the driv­ing forces be­hind hav­ing the carpark named in Smith’s hon­our.

Mally, a long-term ad­vo­cate for the carpark, was also one of the names thrown into the mix.

“Dur­ing Doug Smith’s time as deputy mayor of Stan­thorpe Shire Coun­cil he had the vi­sion and ad­vo­cacy that land was pur­chased for the spe­cific plan­ning of build­ing a carpark,” Cr Pen­nisi said.

Born in Stan­thorpe in 1942 to par­ents Les and Gla­dys, Doug at­tended Stan­thorpe State School un­til he left in Year 10.

He mar­ried Lyn Swaysland in 1966 and moved away for a num­ber of years but even­tu­ally re­turned to town, this time with three boys in tow.

The pair ran Fur­nish­ings ’n’ Things and later the Hon­ey­suckle Cot­tages.

He gave his time to clubs

❝ He had the vi­sion and ad­vo­cacy that land was pur­chased for the spe­cific plan­ning of build­ing a carpark.

— Cr Vic Pen­nisi

in­clud­ing Apex, Lions, ju­nior soc­cer, Ap­ple and Grape Har­vest com­mit­tee, Probus, Meals on Wheels, was in­au­gu­ral chair­man of the Gran­ite Belt Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion and the coun­cil, for which he served as a coun­cil­lor for 12 years.

Doug Smith passed away in 2014.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HON­OURED: Doug Smith (left) with his brother Max.

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