• JON WOLFE

NEWS UPDATE: Dateline - 14 April, 2021

Essential Energy will shortly begin vegetation management in South and West Tamworth, and Calala, as part of its routine maintenance on more than 200,000 kilometres of power lines covering 95 percent of NSW and parts of southern Queensland.

Operations Manager Northern Tablelands, Mark Summers, said “Keeping the power on is only possible with a safe and reliable electricity network. Managing the vegetation that’s growing close to powerlines plays a crucial role in maintaining reliable power and community safety, during bushfire and storm season.

Essential Energy is committed to doing everything it can to preserve the natural environment, however some management of trees and other vegetation is required to maintain a safe and reliable network.

Weather permitting, the vegetation program will commence later this month.

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This Saturday, budding photographers from the region have an opportunity to visit the Moore Creek Caves Reserve, participate in its conservation, be in the running to win a cash prize of $500 as well as see their photograph exhibited thanks to the Tamworth Regional Landcare Association (TRLA).

The TRLA is running a photography competition to increase people’s awareness and appreciation of the beauty and significance of native Box-Gum Woodlands, and the flora and fauna that exist within it.

The competition aims to increase knowledge of the importance of Box-Gum as a habitat.

Local Landcare Coordinator Penne Fraser said “This is our third year of holding this competition and previously we have had an incredible response from the community. We hope this weekend’s event will give our community the opportunity to take some time out and explore our natural environment. It’s a chance gain a new perspective and learn about this critically endangered ecological community while capturing the beauty of our woodlands.”

For more information visit: http://www.trla.org.au/become-involved/projects/boxgumwoodlandsphotocomp/ or the TRLA Facebook page: facebook.com/landcaretrla

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Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said travel agents in the New England would benefit from sharing in additional funding support of $130 million from the Coalition Government.

Mr Joyce said local travel agents could apply for funding support in Round 2 of the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program, which opens later this month.

Mr Joyce said he has been meeting with local travel agents in the New England and advocating for more support and welcomes this extra funding through the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program.

He said the government has provided $258 million in funding support under this program, including $128 million in Round One to some 3000 travel agents who continued to serve their customers.

For more information, visit the Austrade website.