Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has announced that 20,000 rapid antigen tests, secured for the Tamworth Country Music Festival, will be redirected to the local health system.
Following discussions with the Ministry of Health regarding the safety and viability of the local hospitality industry and the community during the Tamworth Festival, Mr Anderson was able to secure a delivery of 20,000 tests for workers in local pubs, clubs, cafes, and music venues.
Given the decision to postpone the festival, Mr Anderson requested the tests be redirected to the local health system to support frontline health workers and the most vulnerable in our region.
“Nurses, doctors, aged-care workers, carers and midwives have been on the front line of COVID for almost two years and these tests will help enable them to keep themselves, their families and their patients safe,” Mr Anderson said.
“I want to thank them for their dedication and their service.”
Mr Anderson said the situation will be reassessed with the rescheduled Country Music Festival due to start on April 18.