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Festival permits for CBD motorists

12 January 2016

Festival permits for CBD motorists

Time is running out for motorists needing to enter closed roads during this month’s Tamworth Country Music Festival to apply for a permit with Tamworth Regional Council.

A range of temporary road closures will operate in the Tamworth CBD from 6am on Wednesday 13 January, 2016 until 5am on Wednesday 27 January, 2016 and only motorists with permits will be allowed to enter closed roads.

Close to 300 permits have been approved since applications opened in December and about 100 more are expected to be lodged and processed before the festival starts this Friday (15 January).

Those who provide regular goods or services to the CBD business community, require access to existing private car parking areas, need delivery access to the itinerant trading areas, and collect or deliver musical equipment to venues can apply for a permit. Vehicles entering any closed roads without permits will be liable to a fine.

Permit application forms are available from Council’s Customer Service Division at Ray Walsh House, 437 Peel Street, Tamworth or email

Applications require the registration number of a specific vehicle, the driver’s name, company and contact phone number. Completed forms can be returned in person, by email or Australia Post.

Applicants will be required to phone Council 48 to 72 hours after lodging their application to learn whether their application has been successful. If successful, they can collect their permit from Council’s Customer Service Staff on the ground floor of Ray Walsh House.

It is customary for various temporary road closures and parking restrictions to be put in place each January in the Tamworth CBD during the Festival. This year’s plan effectively repeats the traffic management measures which were in place for last year’s Festival where Brisbane Street remains open to through traffic.

The first road closure will be on Wednesday 13 January at 6am with the closure of Fitzroy Street from Smith Place to Kable Avenue and the closure of Kable Avenue from Brisbane Street to just south of Fitzroy Street near Ray Walsh House.

The most significant temporary road closure in the CBD starts at 5am on Friday 15 January when Peel Street from White Street to Brisbane Street and from Brisbane Street to Bourke Street will be closed to traffic. These Peel Street closures will be in force until 7am on Monday 25 January.

There will be some additional temporary CBD road closures to traffic from 6am to 11am on Saturday 23 January associated with the Country Music Cavalcade, the colourful street parade which is one of the highlights of the Festival. They include the closure of O’Connell and Macquarie Streets between Marius and Peel streets, Peel Street between Brisbane to Bligh streets as well as between Hill to Murray streets, Kable Avenue between from Hill to Roderick streets, and Roderick Street from Kable Avenue to Byrnes Avenue.

Two other road closures are in place because of the temporary camping grounds which operate at the Riverside Sporting Complex during the Festival. Carter Street between Plain and Bridge streets and Plain Street between Ebsworth and Carter streets are now closed until 7am on Tuesday 26 January.

For more information about temporary road closures during the Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth 2016, call Council’s Customer Service Staff on (02) 6767 5555. A map showing the CBD road closures is on the Tamworth Country Music Festival website.

Tamworth Regional Council acknowledges the Gamilaroi/Kamilaroi people, who are the Traditional Custodians of this land. We would like to pay respect to Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in and visiting our region.