Doug Smith re­mem­bered by car park

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE - Liana Walker [email protected]­der­

THE LATE Doug Smith had a good sense of hu­mour, which is why his wife be­lieved he made it rain at the rib­bon cut­ting for a car park named af­ter him.

About 55 res­i­dents in­clud­ing friends, fam­ily mem­bers, for­mer and cur­rent coun­cil­lors braved the wet to at­tend the of­fi­cial open­ing of the car park on Rogers St.

The for­mer Stan­thorpe Shire coun­cil­lor and deputy mayor had the fore­sight to ob­tain a block of land on Rogers St with the vi­sion to one day trans­form it into a car park for tourists and shop­pers.

“He would have been pretty proud,” wife Lyn Smith said.

“He didn’t look for recog­ni­tion or any­thing like that, he didn’t go look­ing for praise at any time, but he would have been pretty chuffed about it all.”

Mr Smith’s two brothers, three sons, their wives and six of their grand­chil­dren at­tended the open­ing.

“His brother, Eric, men­tioned his dad Les would have been ex­tremely proud of him be­cause they’re orig­i­nal descen­dants from the Smiths at Glen Aplin.”

For­mer coun­cil­lor Mally McMur­trie, coun­cil em­ployee Greg Thouard and cur­rent coun­cil­lor Vic Pen­nisi were the driv­ing force be­hind see­ing the car park named af­ter Mr Smith. “(Mally) said Doug was al­ways good to her, they were a good team,” Mrs Smith said.

The Doug Smith Car Park also has a con­nec­tion with Fromes Lane.

Mrs Smith ex­plained she and Mr Smith ran Fur­nish­ings 'n Things while Anthony and Barbara Fromes owned a hab­er­dash­ery shop on the main street. “I al­ways re­mem­bered (Mr Fromes) walk­ing up and down that lane to­wards (his house) house and through the now Doug Smith Car Park.”

Mr Smith served on Stan­thorpe Shire Coun­cil for 12 years and was the driv­ing force be­hind start­ing the Gran­ite Belt Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion where he was the in­au­gu­ral chair­man.

His was one of nine names put for­ward for the car park, which was com­pleted late 2017.

❝He didn’t go look­ing for praise at any time, but he would have been pretty chuffed about it all.

— Lyn Smith


IN MEM­ORY: Doug Smith’s grand­chil­dren cut the rib­bon to mark the open­ing of the Doug Smith Car Park.

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