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  • $4.6 Million upgrade of Kempsey Road's worst 'big hill' section - Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall headed east last Sunday – down the hill on Kempsey Road – with very welcome news for local residents and Armidale Regional Council.
  • Additional bin collection for Tingha - An additional kerb-side waste collection will be conducted for Tingha residents tomorrow, after last week’s service was cancelled because of the devastating bushfire which burnt properties and homes around the township.
  • Airport roundabout fully opened to traffic - A new roundabout on the New England Highway, next to Armidale Regional Airport, has been fully opened to traffic today.
  • Alpaca yarn for National Simultaneous Storytime - The hilarious tale of alpaca duo Macca and Al will take centre stage when Armidale Regional Council libraries host National Simultaneous Storytime this Wednesday morning.
  • ARC assisting RFS in Tingha Plateau zone - Armidale Regional Council is assisting in the ongoing management of the Tingha Plateau Fire under supervision from the NSW Rural Fire Service.
  • Armidale joins Guyra on level 3 water restrictions - Level 3 water restrictions will now be enforced across the entire Local Government Area as Armidale joins Guyra on Level 3 water restrictions from today Tuesday 23 April 2019.
  • Australia Day ambassadors announced - Paralympics gold medallist Tiffany Thomas Kane and Australia’s ‘voice of rugby’, Gordon Bray, have been confirmed as the Armidale region’s Australia Day Ambassadors for 2019.
  • Autumn Festival embraces name change - The New England Festival - previously known as the Armidale Autumn Festival - has undergone a name change to better embrace the whole region.
  • Babies, blackboards and bandages at museum - Three new exhibitions at the Armidale Folk Museum are celebrating some very wise and healthy themes. Royal babies, education from a previous era and the dedication of New England nurses are all explored by the displays, which will feature at the museum until the end of July.
  • Black Saturday survivor shares bushfire recovery - Black Saturday bushfire survivor Anne Leadbeater will discuss her experiences in the Victorian blaze, when she is a guest speaker at the next Tingha Plateau Bushfire community recovery meeting tomorrow at 6pm.
  • Black Spot program funds set to save lives on Armidale roads - Motorists in the Armidale region received a major road safety boost today with the Federal Liberal and Nationals’ Government announcing it will invest more than $618,000 into two Armidale road projects under the 2019-20 Black Spot Program.
  • Book donation puts Sri Lankan kids right on track - Students at a Sri Lankan school are benefitting from a donation of books from Armidale War Memorial Library.
  • Budget surplus heads strategic plans on exhibition - A transformed budget and Council’s key projects and objectives are on public display from today, with Council exhibiting its key strategic documents for 2019/2020.
  • Burst main sparks call for minimised water use - Guyra residents and businesses are urged to minimise their use of town water while Council staff undertake urgent repairs to a major water pipeline
  • Bushfire recovery meeting for community members - A bushfire recovery meeting will be held at the Tingha Sports and Recreation Club tomorrow from 7pm, for community members affected by this month’s Tingha Plateau fire.
  • Chemical disposal day for fire-affected homes - The Tingha district’s ongoing clean-up from the February bushfire will be assisted by a chemical drop-off day at the Tingha Waste Transfer Station on Wednesday 1 May.
  • Close-knit craft group funds African surgeries - A Guyra craft group with warm hearts and even warmer knitwear is making a big difference for medical services in Africa.
  • Colour New England Street Arts get a $20,000 festival splash - Northern Tableland MP and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall today announced that one of the region’s newest events, Colour New England Street Arts Festival, in Armidale, has secured a $20,000 grant from the NSW Government’s 2019 Incubator Event Fund.
  • Communities crown their top citizens - Singer and choir coordinator Leanne Roobol and regional development leader Aileen MacDonald have been crowned as the Citizens of the Year in their communities, during Australia Day Award ceremonies in the Armidale region.
  • Council backs Renew Our Libraries campaign - Armidale Regional Council is backing a statewide campaign to protect public library services in NSW by gaining commitments from the political parties ahead of the this month’s State election.
  • Council calls in RSPCA to assist in reviewing animal management practices - Armidale Regional Council is voluntarily requesting the RSPCA assist Council to review its animal management practices in response to the death of cattle on Council owned land.
  • Council committed to treasured trees: Mayor - Council has a long-standing commitment to preserving the region’s street and park trees and consistently establishing more, Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said.
  • Council urges residents to be water wise this summer - Armidale Regional Council is reminding residents and businesses to be water wise this summer as water consumption reaches record levels.
  • Council will soon commence work to seal Platform Road in Kellys Plains - Platform Road in Kellys Plains will soon be sealed including road alignment changes to improve driver safety and provide a smooth, all weather route for road users.
  • Creative fun is building at libraries - Eggcitement is building at Armidale Regional Council libraries, as they prepare for a fortnight of free school holiday activities from this Monday.
  • Driverless vehicle cruises into Armidale for Australia-first trial - Students at the University of New England in Armidale will become the first in NSW to get to class in a driverless vehicle, along the longest route for this kind of transport in Australia so far.
  • Early advice a foundation for wise building works - A substantial rise in the number of Armidale region property owners penalised for unapproved building work has been attributed to the popularity of DIY television programs and inaccurate advice from some professionals.
  • Forum to explain plumbing permit online service - A new online application process making it quicker and more convenient to obtain Plumbing & Drainage Permits in the Armidale region will be explained at an information night for plumbing industry members.
  • Free mulch for water savings - Armidale region residents will have access to free mulch this weekend to assist with water saving during the ongoing drought.
  • Grant assistance for representative athletes - Talented athletes from the Armidale region can receive financial assistance to contest high-profile events.
  • Guyra fuel tank removal underway - Contractors began work this week to remove disused fuel tanks beneath the Guyra main street, to allow an upgrade of the town’s central business district to proceed.
  • Guyra moves to level 3 water restrictions as dams are expected to hit 40 percent next Tuesday - The township of Guyra will enter into level 3 water restrictions next Tuesday 23 April when the Guyra Dam reaches 40 percent.
  • Guyra water main repaired - A burst water main supplying Guyra has been repaired and supplies in the town’s reservoir are being replenished. However, residents and businesses are being encouraged to restrict their town water consumption to essential requirements for today, to allow levels in the reservoir to be restored.
  • Health warning issued for Tingha fire clean-up - Tingha residents are being urged not to begin a major clean-up of properties affected by this week’s bushfire, because of concerns about possible contaminants, including asbestos. A recovery crew will be deployed into the impacted area, to conduct appropriate analysis of materials and ensure collection and disposal is done correctly and safely.
  • Time to volunteer your best suggestion - Communities throughout Australia are enriched by the millions of people who volunteer their time and expertise, but there are always particular individuals and groups who stand out for their exceptional service. An annual celebration of the Armidale region’s most exceptional volunteers officially kicked off yesterday, with the launch of the 2019 New England Awards. Nominations are now open for the awards, which are held by Council’s Armidale Volunteer Referral Service (AVRS) and the Armidale Uniting Church’s Alwyn Jones Community Service Award Committee.
  • Hot tips to prepare wood heaters - Wintry weather is just around the corner and it’s time for people in the Armidale region to think about their home heating. Households with wood heaters should start preparing it for winter, to ensure it burns efficiently, cost effectively and with minimal emissions.
  • It’s official Tingha is on the move to Inverell - Residents of the rural community of Tingha have reached a significant milestone in their history with today’s announcement by Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall that Tingha will be part of the Inverell Shire from July 1 2019.
  • Just desserts for Meals on Wheels - Volunteers from Meals on Wheels Armidale and Uralla received a top award at yesterday’s 2019 New England Volunteer Awards for the valuable contribution they provide to the local community.
  • Kaleidoscope illuminates heart of Armidale - A spectacular kaleidoscope of colour will light up Armidale’s central business district when the inaugural Colour New England Street Arts Festival is held on Saturday 6 April.
  • Kempsey roadworks begin - Roadworks have begun to improve the safety of a 2.3km section of Kempsey Road.
  • Landholder advice at fire recovery centre - Landholders impacted by this month’s Tingha Plateau fire can gain information and possible assistance when a representative of the Department of Primary Industries visits the fire recovery centre in Tingha on Tuesday.
  • Water restrictions for Armidale and Guyra - For the first time since Malpas Dam was built in the 1970s Council has activated its Drought Management Plan for level 1 water restrictions for the city of Armidale.
  • Level 2 restrictions still in place for Guyra residents - Recent falls of rain in the area have made no impact on the catchment with the Guyra Dam level continuing to fall at approximately three percent a week.
  • Level 4 water restrictions - There are currently level 4 restrictions in place for Armidale and Guyra.
  • Lift-off for Armidale Regional Airport Business Park - Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has declared today as Armidale’s “coming of age” announcing a $6.5 million investment from the State Government to establish the Armidale Regional Airport 73-lot Business Park.
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  • Magic continues at library activities - School holiday activities at the Armidale Regional War Memorial Library get off to a tricky start in week two, when entertainer JD brings his magic show to the Children’s Library this Monday.
  • Mall a massive canvas for street art festival - Armidale’s Beardy Street Mall will become an art mecca on Saturday 6 April when two international artists transform the space as part of the inaugural Colour New England Street Arts Festival.
  • New Headquarters for Guyra SES officially opened - After more than 20 years the Guyra NSW State Emergency Service (SES) Unit finally has a new home, with volunteers moving into the recently completed Starr Road headquarters, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced today.
  • Paid parking for better airport service - Paid parking will be introduced for the Armidale Regional Airport carpark from 1 May, to improve the availability of parking for airport users and provide a more equitable mix of income for the regional facility.
  • Preschool kids enjoy new playground - Playtime just stepped up a notch at the Guyra Preschool & Long Daycare Centre, with a new playground constructed at the centre recently.
  • Rediscover the strange, unusual and forgotten - A new display at the Armidale Folk Museum has assembled some long-forgotten devices that have even local history buffs scratching their heads – but fascinated by equal measure.
  • Software upgrades for ARDi - A significant software upgrade of ARDi has been scheduled for next week from Monday 25 – 29 March. The trial/passenger service will not be available for the whole week.
  • Street festival feast for the ears and eyes - The inaugural Colour New England Street Arts Festival on Saturday 6 April will be a feast for the ears as well as the eyes. Live music will feature in Armidale’s Beardy Street Mall throughout the festival, providing a tuneful backdrop as audiences are entertained by an array of international visual artists.
  • Street libraries pave a path to Aboriginal literacy - Mini community libraries are being established in Armidale’s Girraween area to make books more available to children to improve their literacy.
  • Talks bring end to Armistice exhibition - Armidale Folk Museum’s Sorrow, Celebration and Social Change exhibition will offer further insight to life during World War 1 when the museum hosts talks by two experts on Saturday 2 February at 2.30pm.
  • Tank removal clears path for Guyra CBD upgrade - Contractors have finished removing disused fuel tanks from beneath Guyra’s main street, clearing an obstacle for a major upgrade of the town’s central business district.
  • Tingha town water safe for consumption - Tingha’s town water supply is completely safe for drinking and other domestic uses, according to a Tingha Plateau fire recovery statement by Armidale Regional Council.
  • Turning recycling into an artform - Clever recycling truly is an art form, thanks to a design competition launched this week by Council.
  • Unlikely seniors exhibit challenging behaviours - A digital exhibition challenging preconceptions about ageing will go on display at Armidale Regional War Memorial Library and the LT Starr Memorial Library Guyra from 13-24 February.
  • Unprecedented investment for Armidale region - The Armidale region is in the midst of an investment boom with at least $400 million being spent over the next few years in key economic growth areas.
  • Wanted: Committed local sports lovers - Armidale region residents with a vision and passion for sport are invited to submit expressions of interest to join an expanded peak sporting body for the region.
  • Waste collection information for Tingha residents - Due to the Tingha Plateau Fire residential kerbside waste collection services have been interrupted and the Tingha Landfill is closed.
  • Women’s Day role model advocates calculated risk - Calculated risk is a vital ingredient for success and women often have their own way of tackling it, according to prominent agritech entrepreneur Emma Weston.

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Guyra Dam 15 May 2019
Level 4 water restrictions
There are currently level 4 restrictions in place for Armidale and Guyra.
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Free mulch for water savings
Armidale region residents will have access to free mulch this weekend to assist with water saving during the ongoing drought.
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Close-knit craft group funds African surgeries
A Guyra craft group with warm hearts and even warmer knitwear is making a big difference for medical services in Africa.
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Just desserts for Meals on Wheels
Volunteers from Meals on Wheels Armidale and Uralla received a top award at yesterday’s 2019 New England Volunteer Awards for the valuable contribution they provide to the local community.
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New Headquarters for Guyra SES officially opened
After more than 20 years the Guyra NSW State Emergency Service (SES) Unit finally has a new home, with volunteers moving into the recently completed Starr Road headquarters, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced today.
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Live stream Council Ordinary Meeting 22 May 2019
Live stream Council's Ordinary Meeting 22 May 2019
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Forum to explain plumbing permit online service
A new online application process making it quicker and more convenient to obtain Plumbing & Drainage Permits in the Armidale region will be explained at an information night for plumbing industry members.
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Alpaca yarn for National Simultaneous Storytime
The hilarious tale of alpaca duo Macca and Al will take centre stage when Armidale Regional Council libraries host National Simultaneous Storytime this Wednesday morning.
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Budget surplus heads strategic plans on exhibition
A transformed budget and Council’s key projects and objectives are on public display from today, with Council exhibiting its key strategic documents for 2019/2020.
council meeting 2017
Live stream Council Extraordinary Meeting 15 May 2019
Live stream Council's Extraordinary Meeting 15 May 2019