AN interpretative sign highlighting the history behind a special monument to love has been unveiled by Ipswich City Council.
Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke said the new sign detailed the history of Lovers Lane on the Brisbane Valley Highway at Ironbark.
“We have also installed a new street sign for Lovers Lane,” Cr Pahlke said.
“This site is believed to be the only official Lovers Lane in Queensland and regularly attracts the attention of people passing by as well as those with a penchant for romance,” Cr Pahlke said.
“The spot has been developed into a symbolic stopping off point for young lovers and couples and on Valentine’s Day attracts lovers of all ages to the spot to often renew their vows.
Cr Pahlke said anecdotal evidence exists that the road was name had been called Lovers Lane since the 1960s.
“In those days this rural road was under the jurisdiction of Moreton Shire Council.
“To highlight its status as Queensland’s only Lovers Lane Ipswich City Council erected a special bus shelter focusing on the name.”
Cr Pahlke said the Lovers Lane street sign was continually being stolen so a special welded version was made and prickly Bougainvillea’s planted to deter possible thieves.
“Then the bus shelter, the garden bed and the symbolic heart were installed.
“Unfortunately it caught the attention of thieves who used a grinder to steal the decorative heart a few years back leading to its later replacement by council.”
Lovers Lane street signs can be purchased from council as a memento and cost about $100 for a double sided sign.
Cr David Pahlke with two little sweethearts
Sierra Kanofski from Rosewood and Alex Moore from Wulkuraka