Council meeting update - 10 March, 2020

Tuesday 1 March, 2020

Here is an overview of outcomes from tonight’s Ordinary Meeting of Tamworth Regional Council:

Ø  Tamworth Region Council has agreed to work with neighbouring Walcha Council to investigate a possible boundary adjustment with between the two local government areas. A report tabled at the meeting revealed how Tamworth Regional Council has been approached by Walcha Council several times about transferring Woolbrook and Niangala to Walcha Council. Both villages are closer in distance to Walcha than Tamworth. Tamworth Councillors supported working with Walcha Council which has organised community meetings at each location to ask local residents about the idea and find out their opinions. After the consultation a report outlining community feedback, impacts on assets and their associated funding and the financial impacts will be presented to Council.

Ø  Councillors supported a proposal to invest $30,000 in two major sporting events to be held at Tamworth’s Scully Park Regional Sporting Precinct – a Super Rugby game later this month and a National Rugby League game in May. Sponsorship for the Super Rugby is $10,000 with a match between the NSW Waratahs and the South African Bulls on March 21, 2020. The NRL sponsorship is $20,000 with a game between West Tigers and the Canberra Raiders on 9 May, 2020. The Super Rugby has not previously been played in Tamworth. NRL premiership games have been played in Tamworth for the past two seasons with each drawing more than 9,000 spectators to Scully Park. The NRL sponsorship gives Tamworth the benefits of national branding across moving billboards throughout the live broadcast on Foxtel and other streaming apps plus free-to-air television and equates to a value of more than $1 million worth of advertising. A report tabled to the meeting said the estimated overall total economic impact of the NRL game (based on visitation in past years) is $2.14 million.

Ø  A range of changes and additions to Council’s water saving rebates was among the initiatives highlighted in a report to the meeting. With the addition of a number of products, Council now offers 29 rebates including the extension of the scheme to business and industry. The report – regular Update on Drought Response and Water Sustainability – also detailed ongoing efforts to raise awareness about water conservation including a Council stall at this weekend’s NRMA Bright Futures Centenary event at Tamworth’s Bicentennial Park and the upcoming Water Sustainability Awards.

For more information, see the full reports at

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