Our headline news of 2018
WHAT an interesting past year it has been on the Granite Belt.
The community proved time and time again it was eager to separate from Southern Downs Regional Council.
Emu Swamp Dam has become closer to realisation than ever.
We celebrated another fantastic Apple and Grape Festival, Johnny Cash Country returned for the second time and the brand new The Sounds From the Vines Festival was announced.
But it wasn’t all happy days for Stanthorpe. Our special report on business closures was one of the most popular stories of the year.
Carramar shut its doors, as did Central Motors and a life was tragically lost in a horrific car crash on Granite Belt roads.
The year started with a boy accidentally being shot, and ended with a break-in at the Wallangarra Meatworks.
The Stanthorpe Plaza was also broken into and several dangerous drugs were stolen from the hospital.
Several fires broke out during the year, the most destructive a fire in Ballandean which blazed through 270ha of land.
The Granite Belt had more than its 15 seconds of fame with Savio’s farm starring on Sesame St.
Ballandean Estate and Just Red wines featured on Battle of the Vines and a film crew from the ABC came out to film Escape from the City, stating that the Granite Belt was the secret the rest of Australia needed to be let in on.
Amidst the drought, Rural Aid travelled to Stanthorpe with six truck loads worth of hay donations while a convoy of Kombi vans visiting the town was a favourite with readers.
And, of course, after years of efforts and several months of hard work this year, the
Big Thermometer was officially opened.
3: Five-year-old boy shot on property; hail storm causes havoc on Boxing Day
9: Government plans to open up national parks for investment
11: First baby of the year is born
16: Takeover of fitness centre met with caution
18: Group plans to dig up Stanthorpe’s haunted past
23: Mayor Dobie attacks cyber bullies, threatens to name and shame
25: Holden ends association with Central Motors Stanthorpe after 70 years
30: John Boucher is named Stanthorpe’s Australian Citizen of the Year.
1: Stanthorpe Show is set to impress 6: Stanthorpe Show comes to an end 8: ANZ announces they are leaving Stanthorpe
13: De-amalgamation group starts petition and plan for rally
15: Eight people are hospitalised after three crashes in two days
20: Arches go up for Apple and Grape festival
22: Apple and Grape festival is ready to begin
27: Banchetto Italiano is a huge success during the Apple and Grape festival.
1: Apple and Grape Festival continues, with paddock to plate demonstrations a highlight
6: The Apple and Grape ambassadors are named
8: Apple and Grape say thank you to all the volunteers
13: Carramar Hostel is set to close its doors
15: Homelessness cases in Stanthorpe are increasing
20: St Joseph’s School goes orange to say no to bullying
22: Bats cause havoc on family home
27: $12 million is located in Stanthorpe Shire reserves, which council CEO says he “can’t find”
29: Community bands together to salvage Youth Week in Stanthorpe
3: Kombi vans head to Stanthorpe for the weekend
5: A special report on dementia in the Stanthorpe community
10: Stanthorpe’s youth are in the spotlight after a talent show is performed for Youth Week
12: The Queensland Local Government Minister says de-amalgamation is not a “hot” topic
17: Family seeks to raise money to help their son with rare flesh-eating disease
19: The first truffle of its kind in Queensland is announced
24: Ron Lange shares his story about life in the military
26: Anzac Day commemorated across the region
1: Almost 1400 people show up for the de-amalgamation rally in Stanthorpe
3: Granite Belt Support Services and McDonald’s are working together
8: Opera in the Vineyard is a success 10: Celebrating Mother’s Day
15: Former mayor is worried about the cost of de-amalgamation
17: Years 3,5, 7 and 9 students sit their NAPLAN tests
22: Paramedics are calling for a safe environment in the workplace
24: The Granite Belt celebrates Volunteers Week
26: A woman loses her life in a fatal smash on the New England Highway, Glen Aplin
31: Girraween ranger says wombats still call the Granite Belt home.
5: The number of pets needing foster homes is at an all-time high
7: Stanthorpe Rural Fire Service group officer Roni Bau is rewarded for 40 years of service
12: The Johnny Cash Festival is set to make a return to the region
14: Men’s Health Week a reminder for men to open up
19: Homes are just metres from disaster as a fire takes hold at Ballandean
21: Two Granite Belt wineries will represent Queensland in new SBS show Battle of the Vines
26: A homeless family pleads with the community to help them out
28: A locally custom-made car claims a top gong at a national car show in Western Australia
3: Irrigators were taking on Southern Downs Regional Council in court
5: Mental health carers were working to bring the PHaMs program back to Stanthorpe
10: Savio’s farm was the star on an episode of Sesame Street
12: Geoff Rayner Photography celebrated 50 years in Stanthorpe
17: Arcadia Cinema previously owned by James Sourris who started AMC
19: The Big Thermometer was switched on for the first time
24: Bent Road Wine’s Le Petite Mort gained a fast following
26: The Border Post interviewed Johnny Cash’s sister, Joanne Cash
31: Harrison Glen Estate was lucky to escape a fire on its Glen Aplin winery
2: Drug driving instances went up 7: Lawrence Springborg backed and joined the fight for de-amalgamation
9: Central Motors shut down after 80 years of business
14: A massive blaze burns through Ballandean
16: Council was making plans to close the Stanthorpe Landfill
21: Southern Downs Regional Council was awarded $1 million from the Federal Government to help with the drought
23: Carelessness and ignorance led to several fires
28: Farmers were choosing not to plant, with the conditions too dry
30: David Littleproud apologised to the electorate over the political debacle in Canberra
4: Symphony Hill Wines secured a partnership with Qantas to serve wines on their flights
6: Two schools topped the NAPLAN tests on the Granite Belt
11: Granite Belt led the way in the Queensland Wine Awards
13: A blind Stanthorpe woman created a fashion brand
18: The Sounds From the Vines Festival was announced
20: The State Government pledged a million dollars to support strawberry growers
25: Southern Downs Regional Council CEO was accused of taking notes on residents
27: Residential blocks of land were few and far between
2: The Mayor came out in support of Emu Swamp Dam as long as it didn’t impact ratepayers
4: Vets urged people to get their dogs vaccinated for parvovirus
9: Parents remembered the loss of their stillborn daughter
11: Gardenfest was set to begin in Stanthorpe
16: Angry Anderson talked about his upcoming tour in Stanthorpe
18: Drought relief was headed to Stanthorpe
23: Stanthorpe Races were a huge success
25: Snowflakes in Stanthorpe revealed its new mascot
30: Raw sewage found its way into Quart Pot Creek again
1: Six trucks of hay for farmers rolled into town to give farmers drought relief 6: Johnny Cash Festival was a hit 8: Severnlea State School celebrated its centenary
13: The Amiens Legacy Centre opening on Remembrance Day attracted hundreds
15: Year 12 students celebrated their last day of school
20: Nine people were injured in three traffic accidents over the weekend
22: National Agricultural Day celebrated the hard work of farmers
27: A budget accommodation copped a hefty fine for breaching fire safety regulations
29: The Border Post conducted a special report into closed down businesses
4: Stanthorpe parents were mourning the loss of their daughter, who died by suicide
6: The Piano Mill won an award at the World Architecture Festival
11: Couple who were to lose their property to Emu Swamp Dam were happy for the dam to go ahead
13: A New Granite Belt Council report was handed to the Local Government Minister 18: Year 12 OP results were in
20: The Border Post celebrated the festive season