• JON WOLFE

Tamworth Leaders' Covid-19 community update

At today’s Tamworth’s Leaders' community update, Mayor Col Murray said there is concern over the Covid-19 clusters in the Hunter New England Health District and said it was like a warning ‘shot over our bow’ to be careful and not to become complacent.

He also said that this year’s Fiesta La Peel will not go ahead due to concerns for the public’s safety but said that the 2021 Tamworth Country Music Festival will go ahead in some form.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson reiterated the new regulations that came into force today that includes a 10-person maximum for group bookings, mandatory Covid-Safe plans, digital visitor records and safe distancing.

He also warned that people should be careful with ‘high touch areas’ like doors, taps etc and to comply with the 4-sq metre rules.

Member for New England Barnaby Joyce again talked about the level of public debt that we are in and the growth that will no doubt continue in the future. He said that it will take ’til 2061 to repay the debt we have now and that doesn’t factor in what could happen in the future.

He said we do not know what will happen in the years to come and said there could be "wars, pandemics, depressions" - all things that will add to the level of debt. He alluded to the possibility of the government having to sell off public assets to repay the debts.

Superintendent Kylie Endemi of the Oxley Police District spoke about her officers being on the ground and checking on people in isolation to ensure they are following the rules and that they will continue to ensure residents are doing the right thing. She said that while no infringement notices have been issued in the Tamworth district, and while plenty of warnings have been issued, now is the time for people to be prepared to be fined if they do the wrong thing.