Festival fun: Ryan, Lachlan, Nicholas and Andy Everest at last year’s Tweed Banana Festival Parade.
Festival fun: Ryan, Lachlan, Nicholas and Andy Everest at last year’s Tweed Banana Festival Parade.

Murwillumbah ready for festivals

MURWILLUMBAH is gearing up for its “events season” – five months packed with festivals every few weeks.

Newly re-elected Murwillumbah business Chamber president Toni Zuschke has already been rallying the troops to take advantage of thousands of visitors who annually flock to the district for events such as the Festival of Performing Arts in July, the Banana Festival in August and the Tyalgum Music Festival as well as the Festival of Speed on Tweed in September.

Those events are due to be followed by the Murwillumbah Show and the Tweed River Festival in November.

Mrs Zuschke said yesterday the events would not only bring tourists and extra dollars into the district but were a good reason for local people to spend their money locally and support local business and jobs.

“It brings tourists to the area. Obviously the people who sell fuel and fuel and commodities people need, will do quite well,” Mrs Zuschke said.

“Our community festivals also make money flow around the town and bring the community together.

“It gives us a reason to get out there and be part of it and spend our dollars locally.”

Mrs Zuschke confirmed the festival season could provide a much needed boost for businesses facing hard times saying the business chamber was well aware 85 per cent of local businesses were family owned.

“The message that needs to go out is we need to support each other,” she said. She said the businesses could use the festivals to promote themselves.



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