Support local this spring

Warwick Sand and Gravel Supplies owner David Fearby. Picture: JESS BAKER

By Jess Baker

With spring finally here, and moisture conditions in the Southern Downs better than they’ve been in years, many are planning to use this season to start their garden off on the right foot.

Long-established and locally owned and operated sand, soil and gravel supplier, Warwick Sand and Gravel Supplies, is providing locals with the tools they need to do exactly that.

“Quality products is something that we feel extremely strongly about. We have garden blends, composts, loams, sand and gravel mixes along with a selection of different decorative pebbles and barks, aggregates, crusher dust and deco – basically everyone’s handyman and gardening needs,” Warwick Sand and Gravel Supplies owner David Fearby said.

“Everything from the basis of the garden soil right through to a huge array of different mulches to finish off, along with mineral supplements for the garden.”

Both born and bred in Warwick, David and his wife Kerry have worked tirelessly to support their community since taking over Warwick Sand and Gravel Supplies in March 2016.

The pair purchased the near 40-year-old business from previous owners Peter and Alison Watt after Peter, David’s former boss and family friend, sadly passed away due to illness.

Prior to working for Peter for approximately eight years, David spent 20 years working as a butcher at Carey’s Brothers Butchery then several years driving for Riverina Stockfeeds. Kerry spent that time working in customer service at Hynes Newsagency.

Neither a stranger to hard work – and both passionate about supporting local people and business – they agreed to purchase Warwick Sand and Gravel Supplies when Peter’s health deteriorated.

David said that along with their staff, both Kerry and himself loved their work and helping their customers reach their garden and landscaping goals.

“Every day we like to meet our customers’ needs and know that they’re extremely happy,” he said.

“We do that by providing a friendly, personalised service.”

Since purchasing the business, David and Kerry have taken on new staff to meet the every-increasing demands of their customers, both new and old.

They also go out of their way to support other local businesses and sponsor numerous local sporting teams and events.

“We feel that it is imperative … to give back to the town in that respect,” Kerry said.

“Also, it’s an absolute must that we encourage everyone to shop local and support local.

“Especially having been employed in private enterprise since we were both 15, it’s something that was instilled in us by our bosses back then and is something that we really feel strongly about.”

To find out more about the products and services on offer at Warwick Sand and Gravel Supplies, and to support local yourself, visit the friendly staff at 11 Briggs St, Warwick or call (07) 4661 2080 today.