COVID vaccines, upgrades and a shout out to Mitch Tambo

SHOUT OUT: Mitch Tambo was part the Olympic dream. Image: File
SHOUT OUT: Mitch Tambo was part the Olympic dream. Image: File

I have been pushing, and am now happy to see multiple new vaccination venues coming online.

More than 3,000 pharmacies are gong to assist in the delivery of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.

In many towns this will provide access to vaccination not previously available due to the lack of a general practitioner.

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Close to 11 million inoculations have now been delivered and millions of doses are now turning up every month with well in excess of a million COVID vaccinations delivered in the past week.

Coming online soon, to add to the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines, will be Moderna and later, Novavax. It may have started slowly but the pace is well and truly picking up.

Mobile black spots upgraded

Great to see six New England mobile blackspots will be addressed under the Coalition Government's Mobile Black Spot Program.

Macrocells will be constructed at Glen Elgin, Mole River Exchange, Tenterfield, Watsons Creek and Woods Reef Exchange with a further Small Cell at Bukkulla, north of Inverell.

These new installations are in addition to 45 new and upgraded towers which have already been installed in New England, following strong lobbying on your behalf - and I will continue to work hard for improved services across the New England region.

Quirindi airport upgrades

For our regional communities, the local airport provides an essential link to the rest of Australia.

That's why the Coalition Government has provided $300,000 each to Tamworth, Armidale and Quirindi airports with a further $278,000 to Inverell airport for important upgrades.

At Quirindi, the funding will be directed to runway pavement repairs.

Shout out to Mitch

And finally, a shout out to Mitch Tambo, who grew up in Tamworth and provided the backing vocal for Queensland's successful bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games.

Mitch sang 'You're the Voice' in his indigenous Gamilaraay language.

Mitch is known for performing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival with his mother Roz Parker, who continues to live in the city.

We wish our current Olympians, including those from New England, every success at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and look forward to them bringing home a swag of medals.

Barnaby Joyce is the Member for New England and Deputy Prime Minister

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