PTICHING IN: Last year's yarnbombing volunteers Jenny Eldridge and Kathryn Barnes.
PTICHING IN: Last year's yarnbombing volunteers Jenny Eldridge and Kathryn Barnes. Sophie Lester

JUMP TO JOIN: Help needed to ensure future of festival

OUR FAVOURITE festival - Jumpers and Jazz - needs the support of the local community and organisers are worried that a long standing presence in the Warwick community could lead people to take it for granted.

Marketing and communications coordinator Karina Devine said many people didn't realise the festival was run entirely on community manpower.

"Since our structure changed a few years ago we have become entirely independent from council, so we need input from the community to make it happen," Ms Devine said.

"It is absolutely vital for the future of the festival that people put their hands up and contribute."

The concerns come as the organisation prepares for its annual general meeting on January 23, next Tuesday.

The AGM will establish a new management committee and outline the plans for the festival in the coming year.

But without enough hands on board, our lovely little festival can't go ahead.

"We are a little concerned we haven't had that much indication of a whole flurry of applications coming in," Ms Devine said, although she hopes more will show up on the night.

"People all seem to love our little festival so I don't know why people aren't beating down the door to be involved."

Ms Devine said people might be deterred by the thought of commitment, but the workload for making the festival happen was well spread out among committee members.

"It's not onerous and mostly it's decision making and steering the future of the festival."

Becoming a member and getting involved is a fun, social and exciting way to have some input into the direction of an event that will bring fun and enjoyment to people right across our region and beyond. 

Opportunities for participation are many and varied, so people can contribute in the areas they're most interested in. 

Ms Devine said Jumpers and Jazz was particularly interested in more representation from young people and local businesses.

"I know people that have their own businesses are very busy but it would be great to have their voice in it as well," she said.

Need to know

What: Jumpers and Jazz AGM

When: Tuesday January 23 at 6pm.

Where: Warwick Art Gallery Studio.

Membership: $5



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