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  • $7 million SerVies motel boost for tourism - Visitor accommodation in the Armidale region will receive a major boost by a $7 million project to construct a new motel at the Armidale SerVies Club site, following close cooperation between club management and Council to enable the development to proceed.
  • 2018 Councillors’ Cuppas wrap up in Ebor - The 2018 series of Councillors’ Cuppas, taking Armidale Regional Council’s elected members to centres throughout the region, will wrap up for the year with a forum in Ebor this Sunday.
  • A brewtiful alliance for barista students - There’s a new success story brewing at Armidale War Memorial Library. A fortnightly barista cart began operating at the library last week, under a new initiative between library staff and the nearby TAFE NSW campus.
  • A fruitful focus on horticultural expansion - A $67 million expansion of the Costa Group’s glasshouse tomato production at Guyra has been welcomed by Council as an exciting further step in realising the region’s potential as a horticultural hub.
  • Aboriginal Advisory Committee LGA expansion - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents in the Armidale Regional Council Local Government Area are being consulted on the most effective model to establish an Aboriginal Advisory Committee that represents the expanded Council area.
  • Add passion and pain to your memoir - Great memoirs are filled with beauty, pain and emotional truths, according to Armidale author and creative writing mentor Helena Pastor. Helena will share advice on writing a gripping memoir when she holds a free Truth of Non-Fiction workshop at Armidale War Memorial Library on Saturday 15 September from 10am to 1pm.
  • Albion Park plaques honour WW2 soldiers - The Armidale and District Historical Society (ADHS) will host a dedication ceremony at Albion Park on Saturday 22 September at 11am to honour two Armidale men who died in World War 2.
  • Animal welfare enhanced by new Ranger vehicles - Animals secured by Armidale Regional Council Rangers will have a less stressful experience thanks to two new purpose-built vehicles received by Council recently.
  • Application withdrawn to further assist engagement - A funding application for the revitalisation of Armidale’s CBD has been temporarily withdrawn by Council to encourage even more constructive public discussion on the project and ensure everyone has ample opportunity to provide input, Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray announced today.
  • APVMA announces permanent Armidale premises site - The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is one step closer to building its regulatory operations in Armidale, with 102 Taylor Street & 91 Beardy Street named as the site for the authority’s permanent office in Armidale, NSW.
  • Armidale celebrates World Music Day with youthful musical line-up - Armidale Regional Council in partnership with Create NSW is celebrating World Music Day on Thursday 21 June 2018 with a youthful line-up of local performers at four live and free venues across the Armidale CBD.
  • Armidale interest to host automated vehicle trial - A trial of automatic vehicles in regional NSW could come to the Armidale Regional Council area, with Council to submit an expression of interest to host the initiative.
  • Armidale joins world for orchestra performance - Armidale library patrons will be able to enjoy a live and free performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) at the same time as music lovers around the world, thanks to a live streaming event to celebrate international Make Music Day.
  • Armidale Regional Council Australia Day Award winners announced - Two dedicated workers for many causes have been named the Citizens of the Year for Armidale and Guyra at this year’s Australia Day Awards.
  • Armidale Regional Council Youth Awards 2018 - Armidale Regional Council Youth Awards were held on Saturday 22 September at TAS Hoskins Centre in celebration of the achievements and dedication of locals doing great things in our region.
  • Armidale to host locally made and played: a Live and Local Festival - Groove to the sounds of local music talent this April as the city plays host to a Live and Local Music Festival.
  • Armidale’s strong message at waste conference - The head of Council’s waste management, James Turnell, has flown the flag for local government at a major conference about the waste and recycling issues confronting the nation.
  • Attendance spike for Armidale visitor centre - Armidale’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) has enjoyed a sharp increase in patronage in 2018, as travellers and locals seek more guidance from the service.
  • Australia Day nominations a wonderful bonus - Awards and recognition are often far from the minds of community volunteers but they are a wonderful compliment when they come, according to Guyra’s 2018 Australia Day Citizen of the Year, Dot Vickery.
  • BackTrack and Council partner to improve outcomes for youth and Dumaresq Dam - Local youth will learn valuable skills and an emerging Armidale recreational facility will receive upgrades through a new partnership between Council and not-for-profit social enterprise BackTrack.
  • Because of her we all can - Armidale’s Curtis Park and Central Park will be buzzing with NAIDOC Week activities when A Dale in the Dale returns on Friday 7 September.
  • Big community celebration at Kolora opening - A full house has celebrated yesterday’s official opening of the new Kolora Aged Care facility in Guyra.
  • Bowl readers over with six of the best - The shortest short story competition, Six of the Best, is again being held by Armidale War Memorial Library, issuing a challenge to write a great tale in just six words.
  • Buskers festival a huge song and dance in the mall - Flying Dutchmen, a comic motorcycle daredevil and a circus ‘gagstar’ are featured in the confirmed line-up for next month’s International Buskers & Comedy Festival event in Armidale.
  • Cartoons and critters for active holidays - Armidale Regional Council libraries will get particularly animated and just a little bit creepy during the July school holidays.
  • CBD parking overhaul under adopted strategy - Parking in the heart of Armidale will be brought into line with other NSW regional centres, to ensure motorists can more easily find spaces in the centre business district, under a parking strategy adopted at yesterday’s Council meeting.
  • Clearing begins for flying fox buffer - Vegetation clearing has begun to create a buffer between homes and the site of a flying fox camp at Black Gully.
  • Colourful fun to draw in the kids - Digital art, coding and blow painting are among two weeks of free activities at the Armidale and Guyra libraries these school holidays.
  • Community advisory group for mall design review - A community advisory group led by local business people and other key stakeholders will be at the heart of a review and redesign of the Armidale CBD Revitalisation plans, following a decision at yesterday’s Council meeting.
  • Community Small Grants Program now open - The Armidale Regional Council’s 2017/2018 Community Small Grants Program is now accepting applications until 5pm Friday March 30, 2018.
  • Contractor engaged for Guyra fuel tank removal - A contractor has been engaged to remove or rehabilitate disused fuel tanks beneath the Guyra main street and it will soon be clear how their management will affect an upgrade of the town’s central business district, according to Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray.
  • Cookes Road restrictions eased for Christmas - A section of roadworks on Armidale’s Cookes Road, currently being upgraded in preparation for an adjacent subdivision, will be partially reopened late next week to avoid disruptions to motorists during the Christmas Break.
  • Council advocates for viaduct rail bridge’s removal - Council will contact State Government representatives to advocate for the removal of the McLennan Street viaduct rail bridge, to address safety concerns for local heavy transport operators.
  • Council celebrates Keeping Place funding - Council is celebrating yesterday’s announcement of $846,000 in State Government funding to complete the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place in Armidale. The NSW Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, announced the Regional Cultural Fund grant to complete an additional gallery and construct a carpark for the facility.
  • Council makes available access to treated water for farming families - Armidale Regional Council is making available access to town water for farmers needing assistance during the drought from Monday 27 August.
  • Council on target to achieve balanced 2017/18 budget - Funds that were quarantined for Council’s contribution towards unsuccessful grant applications and the decision to move merger funds from reserves for projects spanning two years has put a silver lining on Council’s financial position.
  • Council urges NSW Government to gift old Armidale Courthouse to community - Armidale Regional Council is urging the NSW Government to reconsider their plan to sell the old Armidale Courthouse and retain ownership of the building for the Armidale community.
  • Council welcomes fast-tracked Tingha decision - Armidale Regional Council has welcomed an announcement the State Government would move quickly on its consideration of a proposed transfer of Tingha to the Inverell local government area.
  • Councillors’ Cuppa heads to Hillgrove - Residents in the Hillgrove district will have their chance to chat with their local councillors when the next Councillors’ Cuppa is held at Chalkers Cottage on Tuesday 21 August.
  • Councils join forces for better Kempsey Road - The Armidale and Kempsey councils are looking to join forces to assist in future funding and maintenance of a key road linking the two local government areas.
  • Curious creatures flourish this summer - Curious young readers can embark on wonderful voyages of discovery as Armidale War Memorial Library participates in a national Summer Reading Club.
  • Dam levels low in Guyra as drought bites - The prolonged dry conditions are set to continue in our region with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting average rainfall for winter. Armidale Regional Council is encouraging Guyra residents and businesses to be water wise as dam levels fall to 65 percent.
  • Development of a camp management plan for flying-foxes in Black Gully is underway - Residents in the area of the Black Gully Flying-fox Camp participated in an on-site engagement session on Wednesday evening 14 February to provide input and feedback into the development of a Flying-fox Camp Management Plan.
  • Domestic recycling service continues to achieve waste diversion goals - Armidale Regional Council residents can be confident the area’s domestic recycling services will continue to achieve their waste diversion goals, despite major changes to the international recycling industry.
  • Draft 2018/2019 Revenue Policy on Public Exhibition - At the Ordinary Council Meeting held in Armidale on Thursday 26 April 2018 Council endorsed the Public Exhibition of the Draft Revenue Policy (Parts A & B) 2018-2019 from Monday 30 April to Monday 28 May 2018.
  • Draft Black Gully Flying-fox Camp Management Plan on Public Exhibition - A draft flying-fox camp management plan for Black Gully is now on public exhibition for community feedback until 28 May 2018.
  • Fantastic new addition takes flight at library - The children’s section at Armidale Regional War Memorial Library will scale new heights of fantasy when two local artists create a new mural during the festive period.
  • Easy access to more news around the world - Members of the Armidale region’s two libraries now have easy access to more than 7000 magazines and newspaper titles from Australia and around the world, thanks to a new service launched at the libraries this month.
  • Experience a day in a Council officer’s shoes - Interested in a career in local government or just keen to get some insight to how local government operates? Council is offering residents a chance to spend a ‘Day In Our Shoes’ as part of Local Government Week 2018.
  • Expert panel to provide wood smoke solutions - An external advisory group of academics, health and building experts and the combustion stove industry has been formed to seek solutions to the issues of wood heater smoke in Armidale.
  • Extended deadline for Tingha boundary poll - Residents in Tingha and surrounds will have extra time to return their completed polling forms on the proposed boundary amendment, following an extension of the deadline to Wednesday 20 June.
  • Facelift for Armidale Town Hall - Armidale Town Hall will receive a facelift this month, when contractors repaint prominent sections of the important public building
  • Financial assistance for kids’ sport fees - Financial assistance is available for kids in the Armidale region to get moving in fitness and recreational activities.
  • Fines issued for illegal dumping at Armidale site - Armidale Regional Council has taken action to fine a number of people for illegal dumping, following an investigation into rubbish left at a Dale Crescent property.
  • Finishing touches for Kolora’s new home - Finishing touches are being completed at the new Kolora Aged Care facility in Guyra, as Council plans a smooth transition for the service’s residents.
  • Flying Fox Camp Management Plan adopted by Council - A management plan for the flying-fox camp at Black Gully was adopted by Council at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on Wednesday 25 July 2018, which will allow Council to take actions to reduce the impact on residents if flying foxes return.
  • Fortnight remains for youth award nominations - The time has come to recognise young people doing fantastic things in our district – or other community members improving quality of life for our youth.
  • Front runner emerges for operation of new Kolora Facility - At the Ordinary Meeting Council resolved to further investigate the tender put forward by McLean Care Limited for the management and operation of the new Kolora 32 bed aged care facility in Guyra.
  • Fun and fresh reasons to get active - Get a bite-sized taste of different sports and activities by participating in next month’s Get Active events throughout Armidale and Guyra.
  • Fun and learning at new family days - A new series of family fun days will give young people in the Armidale region some fun and educational activities in the upcoming Christmas school holidays.
  • Funding welcomed for Malpas pipeline - A pipeline to provide a more secure town water supply to Guyra is a major step closer, following the project’s inclusion in the 2018/19 State Budget released today by the NSW Government.
  • Get registered and Get Active - Registrations are open for this year’s second round of Get Active come ‘n’ try sports activities, with many new sports and fitness groups available.
  • Grand designs to mark library’s first birthday - Armidale War Memorial Library is celebrating the first anniversary of its new building by staging a bookmark design competition.
  • Green scene for 2018 Autumn Festival - Armidale Autumn Festival celebrations will bring back the green in 2018. The annual festival, being held from 15-18 March, will this year coincide with St Patrick’s Day. As Armidale’s tree-lined streetscapes transform with golds and reds, many of the events at the Autumn Festival will be particularly green.
  • Guyra mains flushing to stop discoloured water - Water mains in North Guyra will be flushed in coming weeks to overcome recent issues with discoloured water.
  • Hockeyroo to feature at sports awards - International hockey player Georgina Morgan will feature as guest speaker at this year’s New England Sports Awards ceremony, being held at Armidale City Bowling Club on Thursday 15 November.
  • Holiday Closures - Update on the Council holiday closures
  • Homework service a study in great volunteering - A homework assistance service for people from non-English speaking backgrounds has received a top award at yesterday’s 2018 New England Volunteer Awards.
  • Information stand for land auction questions - An information stand will be held in Guyra on Wednesday 27 June to answer residents’ questions about an upcoming land auction by Council to recoup unpaid rates.
  • Instances of dirty water in the Guyra water supply - Council has been made aware that water appearing in some Guyra residences water supply is dirty or discoloured. We are currently investigating the cause of this occurrence but suspect it may be a result of recent flushing of the water mains.
  • International Volunteer Day - The Armidale Volunteer Referral Service will be presenting Certificates of Appreciation for International Volunteer Day to nominated volunteers at a brunch being held in the Armidale Town Hall on 5 December.
  • Issues brewing for Ben Lomond Cuppa - Roads and maintenance of the village centre will be key topics when Ben Lomond hosts the next Councillors’ Cuppa information session on Wednesday 19 September.
  • Key time for Black Gully flying foxes and residents - Young flying foxes in the district will be more visible during the next few weeks, in what will be an important time in the welfare of the local population, Northern Tablelands Wildlife Carers Coordinator Jacquie Maisey said.
  • Land auction to recoup unpaid rates this Friday - Up to 42 properties will go up for auction this Friday as Council seeks to recoup unpaid rates.
  • Learn more about opportunities to do business with Council - Council is hosting a series of workshops to help businesses in the region better understand local procurement with Council and retain more local spend in the Armidale Regional economy.
  • Library hosts special NAIDOC week story time - Help construct a giant echidna, build your own canoe and join in some fun Aboriginal language games and songs when Armidale Library hosts a special NAIDOC Week story time on Wednesday 11 July.
  • Library offers box set of self help tips for region - Some new success stories at Armidale War Memorial Library are promising to bring added life to the region.
  • Live air quality sensors installed across the city - Improving air quality in Armidale city just got serious with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) installing a dedicated air quality sensor with hourly data available online and Council installing a network of Purple Air sensors across the city which also delivers real-time data.
  • Live stream Council Meeting 24 October 2018 - View the video live stream of the council meeting now.
  • Live Stream of Council Meeting 28-02-2018 - Watch the live stream video of the Council Meeting here!
  • Live stream of Ordinary Council Meeting 27 June 2018 - The live stream video of the council meeting from Guyra is now available
  • Live stream of Ordinary Council Meeting September 26 2018 - Watch our live video now
  • Magpie breeding season is here! - You may have noticed that local magpies have been showing signs that breeding time has come again. Here's how to deal with this natural, seasonal behaviour.
  • Main street upgrade turns to tank investigation - Work at the Guyra Main Street upgrade has entered a major exploration phase, after initial test excavations revealed a series of underground fuel tanks that outnumbered expectations.
  • Major milestone for roundabout construction - Construction of the New England Highway roundabout near Armidale Regional Airport is reaching a major milestone, with work and traffic diversions about to switch to the other side of the site.
  • Major step for new Guyra SES headquarters - A new home for the Guyra State Emergency Service moved a step closer this week, as contractors finished laying a concrete base for a bigger headquarters.
  • Make a difference and join the Community Wellbeing Advisory Committee - Armidale Regional Council is seeking dynamic applications from individuals or community groups for the formation of the Community Wellbeing Advisory Committee.
  • Masterclass for history enthusiasts - Heritage and history enthusiasts from throughout the region have received expert advice about curating their collections, during a workshop hosted by Council on Thursday.
  • Mayor announces appointment of new CEO - Armidale Regional Council Mayor Cr Simon Murray is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Susan Law to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Armidale Regional Council.
  • Mayor announces resignation of CEO Peter Dennis - Armidale Regional Council Mayor Cr Simon Murray wishes to advise that he has today received the resignation of CEO Peter Dennis.
  • Million-dollar funding for hydrotherapy pool - A long-running campaign to establish a more accessible hydrotherapy pool at Council’s Monckton Aquatic Centre moved a step closer to fruition, with today’s confirmation of State Government funding.
  • Minor traffic interruptions at roundabout worksite - Minor traffic interruptions at the new Armidale airport roundabout will continue for a few more days, as construction at the site moves to the next stage.
  • New Australia Day Award for stalwarts - Stalwarts of community service will be celebrated in a new category being added for next year’s Australia Day Awards for the Armidale region.
  • New bridge provides vital agriculture link - An important transport link for local agriculture has been enhanced, with the official opening of a new $1.6 million Tenterden Bridge today.
  • New England High Country - Motorcycle Mecca - Launch of dedicated motorcycle map in partnership with Hema Maps & BMW Motorrad. NEHC to host BMW Motorrad 2019 Safari on some of best rides in Australia
  • New Guyra group gives youth greater voice - A new youth advisory committee is being formed in Guyra to help generate events and other initiatives for young people in the area.
  • Oh Christmas tree, your shining lights unite us - Armidale’s community Christmas tree will spring to life, ushering in the festive season, when Christmas in the Mall is held on Thursday 29 November.
  • One-way for West Avenue - West Avenue, near Armidale Regional Hospital, will become a one-way street from the start of December, with traffic travelling east from Butler Street to Markham Street.
  • Ordinary Council Meeting Live stream - Watch the Ordinary Council Meeting video stream now
  • Organics grant a green light for expansion - Armidale’s award-winning organics recycling scheme City to Soil is being expanded, assisted by a $208,400 NSW Government grant announced by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall on Monday.
  • Pool fencing an inflating issue - The growing popularity of inflatable swimming pools at homes in the Armidale region has prompted a warning about the need for suitable pool fencing.
  • OEH Pop-up energy shop at Guyra Library 8 May - Visit the Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) Pop-up Energy Shop at the Armidale markets in the mall this Sunday 29 April to learn about the NSW programs and services that can help you reduce your power costs.
  • Positive study sparks further rail trail investigation - A rail trail on the disused New England rail corridor has the scenery and historic features to be a major attraction for visiting and local users and could be expected to pay for itself within a few years, according to a feasibility study considered by Council yesterday.
  • Property auction a last resort for unpaid rates - Council will put almost 60 properties up for auction on Friday 14 September 2018 to recover unpaid rates.
  • Public Forum and Q&A Sessions - Find out more and ask questions about Council’s strategic documents that outline the projects, programs and initiatives Council will deliver over the next three years, including how Council will achieve this financially and with what resources.
  • Queen’s Relay honour for 20 local Baton Bearers - Local legends of swimming, cycling, martial arts and other sports will have the honor of carrying the Baton when the Queen’s Baton Relay passes through Armidale on 1 February 2018.
  • Read all about it … the great teddy bear sleepover - Good books and teddy bears can be wonderful companions and a source of great comfort, so imagine their potential when they join forces. The Armidale and Guyra libraries are celebrating Australian Reading Hour – and encouraging children and adults to enjoy a good book – by holding a Teddy Bears Sleepover on Monday 24 September.
  • Recycling centres diverting problem waste from landfill - Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today officially opened the new Armidale and Guyra Community Recycling Centres (CRC), where locals can drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles e-waste and batteries for free and keep them out of landfill.
  • Regional move brings perfect balance for Gilles - All the numbers added up perfectly for Gilles Letourneau when he left Sydney as an accountant with 35 years’ experience and arrived in Armidale as a General Manager.
  • Results of community survey show improvement - A survey of residents in the Armidale region has yielded an overall improvement in the community’s satisfaction with the services Armidale Regional Council provides. There was a 24 percent improvement in overall community satisfaction from 2016.
  • Resurfacing for Beardy Street - A central section of Beardy Street in Armidale will be closed to traffic on 13 and 14 November so the road can be resurfaced.
  • Revised plans on display for Guyra Main Street Upgrade - Revised plans for the $2.7 million Guyra Main Street Upgrade are being displayed on shop fronts in Bradley Street, in the Guyra Administration Building and online for community feedback until Friday 16 March 2018.
  • Safety concerns keep Kempsey Road closed - A large land slip has been cleared from Kempsey Road but the road remains closed until a safety assessment at another site can be completed.
  • Seven timber bridges to be replaced - Seven timber bridges in the Armidale region will be replaced by concrete structures during the next few months, with work starting on the Station Creek Bridge on Wongwibinda Road this week.
  • Share the love with your local library - Visitors to Armidale War Memorial Library can treat themselves to the mystique and thrill of a ‘blind date’, as part of Library Lovers’ Day on 14 February.
  • Share your vision for the future of the Dumaresq Creeklands - Armidale Regional Council is developing a master plan for the Dumaresq Creeklands and we need your help to shape the future direction of one of the city’s most prominent public spaces.
  • Skate workshops to remedy the holiday grind - Free skating workshops will be held in Guyra, Tingha and Armidale during the first week of the school holidays.
  • Sophie brings rhyme and reason for kids - Bookings are now open for poetry writing workshops for kids being held at the Armidale and Guyra libraries in June and July, inspiring young people to write, illustrate and decorate their own poems. Award-winning local author Sophie Masson will hold the workshops, using her new poetry book, A Boat of Stars, to inspire children aged 6 to 12.
  • Sorrow, celebration and social change - The Armidale region’s experiences of World War I are explored by a new exhibition opening this Sunday to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day. The Armidale Folk Museum exhibition examines the themes of sorrow, celebration and social change, inviting visitors to reflect on the sacrifices made by local citizens during the First World War.
  • Spring into a new sport - New England residents are preparing to thaw from winter and Armidale Regional Sports Council is encouraging everyone to ‘Get Active’.
  • Strategy review to check vision still current - Public feedback is invited on the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) 2017-2027, after Council resolved to put it on exhibition throughout April.
  • Stream of Council Meeting is now live - 25 July 2018 - Keep up on civic affairs and watch the video stream of the Ordinary Council Council Meeting from 4pm
  • Student artworks a main attraction - Guyra Central School students have been celebrated for their outstanding artworks to feature in an upgrade of their town’s main street.
  • Students’ creativity to enliven Guyra main street upgrade - Armidale Regional Council has invited art students from Guyra Central School to submit creative options for the development of public art for the Guyra main street upgrade project.
  • Stunning tale of big country and bigger characters - Queensland author Jenny Old will tell her remarkable story of love, adventure, disasters and wonderful times in the back of beyond, when she speaks at Armidale Regional Library on Wednesday 4 July.
  • Temporary roundabout road to be reinforced - Some traffic delays can be expected at the new airport roundabout site next week, as urgent road strengthening works are carried out to prevent further damage to a temporary side track. Work at the New England Highway site, to strengthen the side track with cement, was due to begin this week but has been rescheduled to start on Wednesday 1 August to fit in with associated work at the site and minimise the impact on traffic.
  • The 22 August Council meeting is now being live streamed - Watch the live stream video of the Council Meeting here.
  • The 23 May Ordinary Council Meeting is now live - The video live stream is now streaming through Council's Youtube channel
  • The power of public art transforms bland storage shed into a street art masterpiece - A nondescript storage shed in Cinders Lane, Armidale has been transformed into a vibrant public art canvas by street artist Charlie Nivison.
  • Implementation of rural property address signs - Following enquiries from our rural residents and a Notice of Motion from Cr Libby Martin, Armidale Regional Council will be following Walcha Council’s initiative and rolling out blue & white addressing signs to our rural residents.
  • The top 12 for the best half dozen - It’s rare that a literary awards speech is longer than the winning entries themselves but that was the case when some of the Armidale region’s most gifted writers gathered at the presentations for this year’s Six of the Best competition.
  • Theft warning for Return & Earn containers - Council has received reports of beverage containers being taken from recycling crates outside homes. Residents are reminded that removing containers eligible for a 10-cent refund through Return & Earn from recycling crates is theft unless the resident has given authority for a person to take the containers
  • Times are a changin’ for folk museum - Armidale Folk Museum is changing its opening hours from this Monday to encourage more lunchtime visitors.
  • Tingha community poll on boundary amendment - Armidale Regional Council will next month conduct a final round of community consultation about the proposal to transfer Tingha and surrounding properties into the Inverell local government area. All residents and owners of property in the affected area will be surveyed, before the proposal is considered by the new Armidale council
  • Tingha poll brewing as leading topic for Cuppa - The result of community poll on a proposal to transfer Tingha and surrounds to the Inverell Shire will be high on the agenda when Armidale Regional Council holds the second Councillors’ Cuppa in Tingha on Sunday 1 July.
  • United effort brings fire services hub - Unique cooperation between Council and the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) is helping entrench Armidale as a regional epicentre for rural fire protection services.
  • Upgrade for Barney Street intersection - The Barney Street and Taylor Street intersection in Armidale will be upgraded on Friday 12 January, weather permitting.
  • Valuable information session on land auction - Council officers fielded a steady stream of enquiries when it held an information session on Wednesday about an upcoming land auction by Council to recoup unpaid rates.
  • Volunteers honoured for international celebration - Everybody’s life is touched and enhanced by the contributions of volunteers, according to speakers at an Armidale event to celebrate International Volunteers Day (IVD) 2018.
  • Volunteers lend a hand in service award - Staff and volunteers at the Armidale Visitor Information Centre (VIC) are still sporting particularly large and welcoming smiles, after the centre was recognised for excellence in customer service at the Armidale Business Chamber Awards.
  • Water mains flushing complete in Guyra - Flushing of water mains concluded last week in Guyra in conjunction with the installation of new valves in south Guyra to improve operational flexibility.
  • Waterfall Way cleared as crews work together - Emergency services crews and Council officers worked quickly to restore traffic flows on Waterfall Way, after a severe storm blew down trees near Wollomombi last Tuesday.
  • Wollomombi warms to Councillor Cuppas - Wollomombi residents enjoyed the chance to speak directly and informally with their local councillors, when the first Councillors’ Cuppa was held at Sauer Memorial Hall on Tuesday night.
  • Work scheduled to commence mid July on Guyra main street upgrade - Planning is well underway and preparations in place to commence work on Monday 16 July 2018 (weather permitting) for the $2.7 million Guyra main street upgrade.
  • Workshop to boost your brain - Boost your brain power and ward off dementia using techniques to be taught at Armidale Library on Tuesday 9 October.
  • World Cup hockey hero wins regional sport award - Hockey stalwart Keith Ellis has claimed the top senior prize at this year’s New England Sports Awards last week. Keith was presented with the 2AD New England Trophies Senior Sports Star Award, after playing in the Australian team that triumphed at this year’s Over 75 men’s World Cup.
  • Year of consolidation ahead for Council - Council’s strategic documents that outline the projects, programs and initiatives Council will deliver over the next three years, including how Council will achieve this financially and with what resources, are now on Public Exhibition until 18 June 2018.
  • Youth empowered at Armidale forum - Many of the region’s young people were empowered with greater knowledge and confidence in their own identity, during the 2018 Armidale Regional Youth Forum.
  • Youth forum tackles burning topics - Young people from throughout the district will attend the Armidale Regional Youth Forum on Wednesday 8 August to discuss key issues confronting their generation.

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Water restrictions
Armidale is currently on Level 4 water restrictions and Guyra is on Level 5.
Historic house accommodates water savings
Retrofitting a 120-year-old building to be more water efficient can have exceptional challenges – just ask the Coop family. Beth and her son Paul are working closely with Council to curb Smith House’s water consumption, in response to the Level 5 restrictions currently in place.
New airport bore supports aerial firefighting
Rural Fire Service aerial activities in the area will be provided with water from a new bore established at Armidale Regional Airport, removing a potential need to source water from town water supplies.
Test drilling brings positive signs for Guyra bores
Test drilling to locate possible ground water supplies will move to the Armidale town area next week, following success with test bores in and around Guyra.
Quicker payments to assist business
Council will pay local suppliers more quickly to help ease the financial strain being experienced by business during the current drought.
Live stream the Ordinary Council Meeting
You can now live stream the Ordinary Council Meeting 27 November 2019
Pools buzzing with school lessons
Students from many of the region’s schools are descending on Armidale’s Monckton Aquatic Centre and Guyra Swimming Pool for learn-to-swim and lifesaving lessons during November and December. Until 18 December, there will be some interruptions to lap swimming at Monckton Aquatic Centre and general admission to Guyra Swimming Pool.
Pure lessons in water security
Armidale Community Preschool has a strong emphasis on bringing its children in touch with nature. Now the preschool’s latest activity has helped to reduce its consumption of the region’s dwindling town water supply and take the Allingham Street facility towards water self-sufficiency.
Armidale Regional Plan 2040
Now is the time for the Armidale region community to share their views and opinions on the future plans for our city, towns and villages to shape our vision for growth and prosperity and give certainty and direction for the next 20 years.
Christmas in the Mall postponed
Council has made the decision to postpone the Christmas in the Mall celebrations in Armidale scheduled for tomorrow afternoon from 5pm-9pm.
Concrete action by business for water savings
Water saving has been on the radar for Armidale concrete and earthworks company Ducats for a number of years but current water restrictions have sped up its conservation efforts and brought remarkable results.