Tamworth is a city in the New England region of NSW, straddling the Peel River and about 318km from the Queensland border.
Located almost midway between Brisbane and Sydney, Tamworth has a population of around 60,495 and, along with Armidale and Inverell, is set to lead a population surge over the next couple of decades.
Tamworth is known as the First City of Lights, being the first place in Australia to use electric street lights in 1888. It is also famous, of course, for being the Country Music Capital of Australia, annually hosting the Tamworth Country Music Festival in late January - the second biggest country music festival in the world.
Retail is the biggest employer in the area, followed by manufacturing and health services. Aviation has also been a significant part of the local economy. Tamworth airport is an important centre for flying training for defence force graduates.