COVID-19: How we are responding

The safety of our community and employees is our top priority.

Tamworth Regional Council is monitoring developments relating to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) daily and assessing any potential impact on regional services and events.

We are currently aiming to maintain our current level of service to residents and businesses but we do ask for the community’s patience during a time where Council is taking increased calls and queries. As the COVID-19 situation changes we will follow the advice of NSW Health.

This web page will be updated daily to include the most recent information as Council becomes aware of any changes to advice from NSW Health or other government agencies or as any further decisions are made that will impact our community.

How are we responding?

  • We are promoting the NSW Health site www.health.nsw.gov.au as the primary source of information and health updates.
  • We are working behind the scenes on other initiatives to help our residents work through the challenges facing us all in the current climate. As information is available, we will continue to share it through our web and social channels and in the media, so keep an eye out.
  • We have an emergency management team established which includes our Executive Management Team and representatives from People, Culture and Safety, Communications and Community Engagement, Information Technology and our internal Local Emergency Management Officer.
  • We are actively involved in the Local Emergency Management Committee’s response to COVID-19 which includes Police, NSW Fire Brigades, SES, Health, Transport for NSW and neighbouring councils. This is allowing us to establish joint approaches and provide consistent advice.
  • We launched the Tamworth Region Trading Directory, a central hub for the most up-to-date information on business operating hours and capacity in the Tamworth region.
  • We have implemented flexible working options for our employees to continue delivering essential services. We have Business Continuity Plans in place that will ensure the Tamworth region will continue to receive essential services such as water, sewer and waste should COVID-19 impact on any of our staff.
  • We are liaising with other agencies and neighbouring Councils to ensure sharing of information and consistent messaging to our community.
  • We are continuing to develop our plans to cover a situation where COVID-19 may become widespread in Australia, and the NSW and Australian  governments move to greater restrictions on activities within the Tamworth Regional Council area.

How can Council help individuals?

  • Any residents who are worried about paying their rates at this difficult time should contact our Customer Service team on 6767 5555 to discuss, alternatively you can email trc@tamworth.nsw.gov.au. Each situation will be individually assessed.
  • We have launched the Tamworth Region Trading Directory, a central hub for the most up-to-date information on business operating hours and capacity in the Tamworth region.
  • More information coming soon.

How can Council help businesses?

  • Any residents who are worried about paying their rates at this difficult time should contact our Customer Service team on 6767 5555 to discuss, alternatively you can email trc@tamworth.nsw.gov.au. Each situation will be individually assessed.
  • We have launched the Tamworth Region Trading Directory, a central hub for the most up-to-date information on business operating hours and capacity in the Tamworth region.
  • If you are a tourism business or event, you can find resources and information via the Destination NSW website.
  • More information coming soon.

 

Events and public gatherings

A state and federal government advisory has been issued regarding events and public gatherings. Visit the NSW Health website for more information.

Below is a list of changes to community facilities availability and events in our region which have been cancelled or postponed. This list is not exhaustive and is ever changing, if you know of an event that is not included please email us.

 

Community Facilities

Venue/Community Facility Name Closure Date Facility Status

   
All Playgrounds - click here for a full list 27 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
All Public Camping Grounds - click here for a full list 27 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre 23 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
Australian Country Music Hall of Fame 17 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
Libraries (Tamworth City, South Tamworth and Kootingal) 23 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
Manilla Visitor Information Centre 17 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
Moonbi Museum 17 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
National Guitar Museum 23 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
Nundle Visitor Information Centre 17 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
Swimming Pools (All) 23 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
Tamworth Community Centre 23 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
Tamworth Miniature Railway 23 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
Tamworth Powerstation Museum 18 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
Tamworth Regional Gallery 23 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
Tamworth Sports Dome 23 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
Tamworth Visitor Information Centre 27 March 2020 Temporarily Closed
Waste No More 26 March 2020 Temporarily Closed

 

Events

Event Name  Event Date  Event Status
Drawing Fundamentals with Gabrielle Collins
24 March 2020 Cancelled
Water Sustainability Awards 26 March 2020 Cancelled
Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing 27 March 2020 Cancelled
Les Diva's 27 March 2020 Postponed to 11 September 2020
Travelling Film Festival 27 - 29 March 2020 Cancelled
Liz Williamson Masterclass
28 March 2020 Cancelled
Taylor Henderson 28 March 2020 Postponed to 12 December 2020
Rowen Matthews Exhibition Opening
28 March 2020 Cancelled
Single Builders Tamworth Rescue Ball 28 March 2020 Postponed - Dates TBA 
Water Industry Operators Association Conference 30 March - 3 April 2020 Postponed
Q20 National Show 2 - 14 April 2020  Postponed -14 to 19 October 2020
ADFAS April Lecture (John Neylon) 3 April 2020 Cancelled
Reality in Flames Exhibition Opening
4 April 2020 Cancelled
Gallery School Holiday Easter Workshops 4 April 2020 Cancelled
Taste Festival – Gallery Sunday Funday
5 April 2020 Cancelled
AQHA National Championships
6 - 14 April 2020 Postponed to 14 – 19 October 2020
Parliament of Australia House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training Public Hearing into “Education in remote and complex environments
8 April 2020 Postponed
St Joseph's Primary School 9 April 2020 Cancelled
Nundle Go for Gold Chinese Easter Festival  11-12 April 2020 Cancelled
Laneway Pop-Up Bar 17 April 2020 Cancelled
Taste in the Park + Garden Bar 18 April 2020 Cancelled
The Long Lunch 19 April 2020 Cancelled
High Tea in the Gardens 20 April 2020 Cancelled
Australian Stock Horse Society National Show
23 - 30 April 2020 Postponed to 9 - 13 September 2020
Anzac Day March and Memorial Service 25 April 2020 Cancelled
Nundle Mustang Muster 26 April 2020 Cancelled
Hockey NSW Mens Masters State Championships
1 - 3 May 2020 Cancelled
Jehovah's Witnesses Circuit Assembly Meeting 2 - 3 May 2020 Cancelled
Great Nundle Dog Race 3 May 2020 Postponed to 25 October 2020
Gallery Sunday Funday 3 May 2020 Cancelled
Secondary Zone Football Gala Day 6 May 2020 Postponed - 10 June 2020
Heritage Festival 8 - 17 May 2020 Cancelled
Stampin' Up 9 May 2020 Cancelled
Australian War Memorial – Curators Talk
10 May 2020 Cancelled
Rotary Club of Tamworth West - Shannon's Motor Show 15 - 17 May 2020 Cancelled
Sunrise Rotary Club Casino Royale Ball 16 May 2020 Postponed
Film Screening – Reality in Flames
17 May 2020 Cancelled
Free Microchipping Day for Dogs & Cats 21 May 2020 Postponed to 29 October 2020
 2020 NCHA Futurity 26 May - 7 June 2020 Postponed to 27 October - 8 November 2020
St Nicholas Catholic Debutante Ball 29 May 2020 Postponed
Mayworth 30 May 2020 Postponed - Date TBA
Gallery Sunday Funday
31 May 2020 Cancelled
Joblink Plus Resilience and Wellbeing Forum 2 - 4 June 2020 Cancelled
52nd Invitational June Baseball Carnival
6 - 7 June 2020 Cancelled
Country Capital Cup (Gymnastics) 19 - 21 June 2020 Cancelled
Tamworth City Dance Academy Mid Year Competition and Showcase 27 - 28 June 2020 Cancelled
Gallery Sunday Funday 28 June 2020 Cancelled
NAIDOC Week Celebrations 5-12 July 2020 Cancelled
Steel Magnolias 21-29 August 2020 Postponed
Catholic Schools Celebrate 24 - 24 September 2020 Cancelled
Tamworth Stroke Recovery Group Regular dates Cancelled
Tamworth Parkinsons Support Group Regular dates Cancelled
GoCo Carers Support Group Regular dates Cancelled
Peel Combined Probus Club Regular dates Cancelled

 

Sports and Recreation Events

User Group Cancellation Information Effective Date
Tamworth Cricket Inc.  2019/20 season cancelled  17 March 2020
Northern Inland Football  All events, competitions and training cancelled. Local competition to commence from 2 May 2020 18 March 2020
Tamworth Oztag Association  2019/20 season finished. Winter competition to commence 4 May 2020. 19 March 2020
Tamworth Junior Oztag 2019/20 season cancelled 20 March 2020
Tamworth Softball Association  TBA  
Tamworth Touch Association Monday Junior Competition cancelled. Wednesday and Thursday Senior Competitions ongoing  16 March 2020
AFL - Swans TBA  
AFL - Kangaroos TBA  
AFL - Auskick All events, competitions and training cancelled until 31 May 2020 17 March 2020
Tamworth Softball Association TBA  
Tamworth & District Minor League  TBA  
North West Regional Youth Rugby TBA  
Fun Fitness 4 Littlies Fitness Classes Both Monday and Saturday classes cancelled 23 March 2020

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