Posted by Julia Hassall
The RSL Grant for a Quart Pot Creek Seat project was realised this morning with Stanthorpe’s Service Director Geoff Marsden’s team.   It is an amazing Granite Rock Seat with superb views up and down the creek.  It is situated below the Information Centre beside the weir and when sitting there the water flowing over the weir is a reminder of how precious water is here in Stanthorpe and the surrounding District. 
This project began with an idea in 2017 during Morwenna Harslett’s year as President of the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe.  The project is a result of a community grant donated by our local RSL, which was for a seat at Quart Pot Creek.  A plaque acknowledging RSL and Rotary  will be put in place in the near future. The position for the seat is in a delightful spot and people will be able to enjoy the beautiful views up the creek from the weir to the colourful thermometer and downstream towards the bridge and beyond. 
The original idea was going to be an aluminium seat which would have rechargeable facilities attached and solar panels to recharge the batteries.  There are similar seats in other areas in Queensland.  Visitors and locals could sit and enjoy the views while their mobile devices recharged.  This is still a possible project, but was not accepted by locals as suitable for this spot. 
The Rotary Club of Stanthorpe Club Service Director Geoff Marsden and his committee, settled on a new plan. We had holdups, Covid, then the weather wasn’t suitable.  The installers undertook Work Place Health and Safety Training and after consultation with Southern Downs Regional Council it is now in place.  The construction was under the supervision of Mick Mahoney from Council Parks and Reserves.  The granite rock seat was transported by Alec Harslett from his property in Amiens at “Foxbar Falls”.  The granite rock seat was installed  Tuesday 15th June 2021 by 8am.  Alec transported the rock on his truck, and installed it with his tractor’s forklift.  Alec has had practice at Foxbar Falls with installing granite tables and seats, so it was all done by 9.30am.  Trevor Marsden was in charge of the levelling, drilling of the steel rods into the Granite Base Rock, the concrete base and the finishing touches.  The concrete was supplied thanks to Walls Sand and Gravel Stanthorpe.  Of course the weight of this rock will ensure it remains in place for generations to come. 
Rotary has been instrumental in placing much of the infrastructure around that part of Quart Pot Creek below the Information Centre, including two shelters including Rotary BBQ shelter and tables and seating.   There are several other working bee Projects being organised to tidy up some of the rock areas along the creek in the coming months.  Rotarians are “People of Action”.  For more information about Rotary Projects or to get involved, visit Rotary Club of Stanthorpe website