Jazz group remains hopeful of council cash

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ALL ON BOARD: Volunteers ready to lend a hand for a proposed celebration of jazz in Wangaratta this November.

THE re-emergence of the Reid Street free stage in 2019 will depend on whether the Rural City of Wangaratta chooses a jazz and blues celebration for its marquee event funding.

A proposal by the Milawa Oxley Rotary Club to stage a Wangaratta Jazz and Blues 2019 event is among five expressions of interest lodged for council’s offer of $60,000 sponsorship towards staging an event in the rural city on Melbourne Cup weekend this year.

The chosen event would this year slot into the weekend usually filled by the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, which is taking a year off to prepare for its 30th anniversary event in 2020.

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