Southern Downs Heritage Festival brings in the tourists
IN JUST three years the Southern Downs Heritage Festival has started to create a buzz around the region and beyond.
Hotel, motels and accommodation houses around Warwick have been fielding queries and taking bookings for well over a month and festival co-ordinator Janice Flood has little doubt the festival is bring more and more visitors to the region.
We know that it brings a lot of people to town," she said.
"As far as actual numbers go there's so many things on that it makes it very different to count everyone. But Oasis Caravan Park were astounded last year, what was traditionally a quiet time for them was packed with people coming to Warwick for the festival."
Mrs Flood said the festival was all about exposing Warwick to visitors.
"And more importantly exposing the rich heritage and history of the area to a much wider audience," she said.
"But we also want to make locals aware of how valuable our area is.
"If you don't know it exists, you don't care if it disappears - so we people need to know about the history they have to take care of."
Mrs Flood said the most exciting thing about the festival was the interaction between community organisations.
"Once upon a time, so many different groups did their own things at different times of year," she said.
"The point of the festival was to bring it all together and in doing that it's brought the community together."
In 2017 Mrs Flood won the Centenary Award from the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, for work developing the Southern Downs Heritage Festival.
"It showed me that people are sitting up and taking notice of this and as a region we should all be proud of that."