Our head­line news of 2018

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS / OUT & ABOUT -

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

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