BELOVED EVENT: Last year's Jumpers and Jazz Suitcase Rummage in Palmerin St.
BELOVED EVENT: Last year's Jumpers and Jazz Suitcase Rummage in Palmerin St. Leanne Ryan

Businesses join forces to jazz up Warwick's economy

WARWICK'S own Jumpers and Jazz festival has been running since 2004 and is a highlight on the town's calendar, but it would not be possible without the support of local businesses.

Peta Murphy from Warwick Events and Weddings said her and husband Dean's passion for the event is what drives them to continue their support.

"It is such a fantastic event and something you do not get in other towns,” said Mrs Murphy.

"Whether you are looking to spend money on the dinners, or just go to all the free events, there is something for everyone.

" If businesses did not jump on board and support the festival it would not exist.”

Owner of another sponsoring business Betta Warwick Storage and Southern Downs Councillor Yve Stocks said the festival's monetary value was something business owners couldn't deny.

"From an economic point of view it brings in huge numbers of tourists into town, who spend money on accommodation, food, drinks and fuel, so it is invaluable,” she said.

"Once a company does it they almost always come back for the next year, local business owners are greatly contributing to the ongoing success of the event.”

Jo Lawrence of DD events said it was in the best interest of everyone to see Jumpers and Jazz succeed.

"I see this year's Jumpers and Jazz team as a positive one who are trying to improve tourism with more community events and activities, which we all benefit from,” she said.

DD Events helps plan some of the many events on the Jumpers and Jazz program and is often working in tandem with other businesses.

"Every event will have a different collective of local businesses contributing in their own way to try and make it enjoyable for everyone.”

Jumpers and Jazz receives council funding for the musical portion of the event, which covers the cost of bands but everything else from the staging, lighting, road closures and the security is all self-funded.

Jumpers and Jazz Committee president Sally Edwards said she was very thankful for everyone who offered a hand.

"The festival is growing every year and it could not happen without local sponsors and individuals donating their time and resources,” she said.

Jumpers and Jazz will be held on July 18-28.