City's south entrance fails to inspire passing drivers
GRAFTON is known for its jacarandas but the trees are noticeably missing from the southern entrance to the city.
In their place are rundown signs, rubbish and an abandoned service station.
In December 2010 The Daily Examiner reported the popular late-night pit-stop for hungry people had temporarily shut its doors.
In March the following year DEX again reported on the business, which had failed to reopen.
The WEX team suggested the petrol station site could be the perfect place to show visitors what Grafton is all about - jacaranda trees.
With the development of a Giant Jacaranda, similar to the Big Banana, passers-by will be able to see how the Jacaranda City got its name. A treehouse could be built among the branches to house a cafe.
Activities such as climbing up the tree and a lookout in the highest branches overlooking the Clarence will create interest in the attraction.
Clarence Valley Council planning and environment director Des Schroder said there was still work going on at the former United petrol station site.
He said leaking fuel tanks at the site had to be cleaned up before it could be sold.
With the new highway on the agenda, Mr Schroder said the area eventually wouldn't be what passing visitors would see anyway..
He said with the new bridge design, the entrance to Grafton would be completely redesigned.
Mr Schroder said the first priority would be to sort out the road network first.
Mr Schroder said he wasn't convinced a Giant Jacaranda was the way to go with some of the other "big things" like the Big Pineapple and Big Prawn going broke.