Motorists needing to enter closed roads during this month's Tamworth Country Music Festival are required to lodge an application for a permit with Tamworth Regional Council.
A range of temporary road closures will operate in the Tamworth CBD from 5am on Wednesday 14 January, 2015 until 5am on Tuesday 27 January, 2013 and only motorists with permits will be allowed to enter closed roads.
A total of 171 permits have been issued since applications opened in late December. Several hundred more are expected to be lodged and processed before the festival starts on 16 January.
Tamworth Regional Council Manager Transport and Assets, Brendan Moran, has urged delivery and/or service vehicles requiring access to closed roads to apply for a permit as soon as possible.
'The permit is not for people wanting to attend to personal business such as shopping or banking, but rather for those who need access for business and or service needs,' he said.
'Permits are for those people who provide regular goods or services to the CBD business community, need to set-up or dismantle equipment for buskers, require access to existing private car parking areas, or require delivery access to the itinerant trading areas..
'Motorists must be aware that 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 email@example.com 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 imposed each January in Tamworth's CBD during Tamworth Country Music Festival, but this year there is a major change in that Brisbane Street will remain open to traffic and Kable Avenue will be closed to traffic from Brisbane Street through to just south of Fitzroy Street.
The first road closure will be on Wednesday 14 January at 6am with the closure of Fitzroy Street from Smith Place egress to Kable Avenue, but with Peel Street remaining open.
The most significant temporary road closure in the CBD starts at 5am on Friday 16 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 26 January.
There will be some additional temporary CBD road closures to traffic from 6am to 11am on Saturday 24 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 and between Hill to Murray streets, Kable Avenue between from Hill to Roderick streets, and Roderick Street from Kable Avenue to Byrnes Avenue.
To assist with the temporary closure of the CBD for the Cavalcade, Brisbane Street wil be closed at Marius Street and Kable Avenue and Bridge Street will be closed at Carter Street. These temporary closures will permit local traffic however prevent through traffic movements. Bus and taxi movements from Brisbane Street between Marius Street and Kable Avenue will also be affected during the Cavalcade.
Two other road closures will be put 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 scheduled to be closed from 7am on Friday 11 January to 7am on Tuesday 27 January.
For more information about temporary road closures during the 2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival, call Council's Customer Service Staff on (02) 6767 5555.