Music and Entertainment
Tamworth is not only home to country music but also has many pubs and clubs offering all styles of live music and entertainment. Forum 6 Cinema screens all the latest movies and for big nights out the Capital Theatre and the Tamworth Entertainment and Conference Centre regularly present Australian and international artists.
Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre
Equine sports are very strong in the Tamworth Region and many national associations host titles in the city. These include ABCRA National Finals and Junior National Finals, Australian Quarter Horse National Championships & Barrel Race Super Challenge, National Cutting Horse Association Futurity among many other events. The Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre has been built by the Tamworth Regional Council at a cost of $28.8 million. Construction began in June 2007 and will be completed before October 2008, when the landscaping is complete. The centre will have an indoor arena seating 3,360 people, stables for over 478 horses, a covered stud selling area with seating for 660 people and truck and camping facilities for 195 vehicles.Associations for Appaloosa, All breeds, Western Performance, Australian Stock Horse, Pony Clubs and Cutting Horse will use the centre. www.aelec.com.au/
Tamworth is primarily a service centre for the New England and North West Regions, but its economy is diverse, supporting a number of industries, including primary and secondary food production, education, transport and aviation. The latter has been a significant part of the local economy, partly due to the city’s exceptionally suitable flying weather, with the former East West Airlines and Eastern Airlines having service and maintenance bases at the Tamworth Airport. More recently the area has become an important centre for flying training activities for both airline and defence force graduates. The BAE Systems Flight Training College encompasses the flight screening course for all Australian Defence Force pilot applicants, Basic Flying Training School for the Australian Defence Force and the Singapore Air Force. The Australasian Pacific Aeronautical College and New England Institute of TAFE in the city also provide aeronautical training.
Agriculture is an important industry in the Tamworth economy. An estimated 307,000 hectares of land is used for the agricultural industry, with an economic gross value of $75 million contributing to the Tamworth economy. Important agricultural activities include Beef, Sheep, Grain, Dairy, Poultry and Lucerne..
Other agricultural areas include:
alpaca, buffalo, berry, fish, goat, hydroponic, nut, olive, specialised game fowl farming as well wineries.