SMITH’S NAMING HONOUR
Doug Smith remembered by car park
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.