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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.
  • Additional flights a welcomed boost - Additional Qantas flights between Armidale and Sydney each Friday have been welcomed by Council.
  • 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.
  • Applications open for Community Small Grants - Community groups in the Armidale region are invited to submit applications for the next round of Community Small Grants.
  • ARC 2022 bringing sea of change for Council - A four-year transformation program is bringing many improvements in Council operations and its services to the community.
  • 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 Business Park to land around 200 new jobs for the region - The hunt to attract new businesses and investors which will create 200 jobs at the Armidale Regional Airport Business Park has taken off with Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall and Armidale Regional Council officially launching the marketing plan and sales pitch for the precinct today.
  • 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.
  • Armidale moves to level 5 water restrictions and day-zero count-down - Level 5 water restrictions with three day-zero triggers for residential water targets will be introduced in Armidale from Tuesday 1 October. Guyra has been on level 5 restrictions since June.
  • Armidale region lights up with Christmas celebrations - Armidale’s annual Christmas in the Mall celebration will light up Beardy Street Mall on Thursday 21 November.
  • 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.
  • Armidale war memorial restored - A pair of war memorials overlooking Armidale is close to being fully restored, after one of the structures was struck by a vehicle last year.
  • 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 Gully weeds cleared for flying fox plan - The site of a former flying fox camp in Armidale has undergone an initial round of weed clearing, as one of the actions recommended in a management plan for the Black Gully area.
  • 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.
  • Blueprint for buzzing libraries of the 21st century - A blueprint is being developed to make the Armidale region’s libraries more vibrant hubs where people can learn, join in group activities or just meet friends.
  • Book a tank or bore water Council audit to ensure you are compliant - Council is encouraging residents that have a rainwater tank or access to a bore to get it certified by Council to ensure you are compliant and can display a certified ‘Tank or Bore Water in Use’ sign.
  • 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.
  • Bore water expert delivers positive initial finding - Preliminary investigations into possible ground water supplies for the Armidale region have identified a number of Guyra sites that are recommended for further examination.
  • Bridge upgrades for greater safety - Two new bridges opened to traffic this week, with construction projects on Rockvale Road and Tanners Road nearing completion.
  • 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 appeal boosted by councillors donation - A community campaign to assist drought and bushfire affected residents in the east of the Armidale region has been given a substantial boost by three councillors who have redirected a portion of their allowances as elected members.
  • 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.
  • Carp to be removed from Civic Park pond - Falling water and oxygen levels in Armidale’s Civic Park pond have prompted a Council decision to remove carp from the water feature.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Community forums for library strategy - A series of community forums begins this week to look at how the Armidale region’s libraries can be enhanced as learning and social hubs for the 21st Century.
  • Community wellbeing drives decision to open pools - Community wellbeing has driven a decision to open Armidale region aquatic centres this summer, during a period of intensified water restrictions for the drought-affected community. Guyra Swimming Pool will open from tomorrow and Monckton Aquatic from Tuesday 8 October to support physical and mental health of the community, Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said.
  • Community workshop to explore strategies for 2019/20 - Council’s key projects and strategic direction for 2019/2020 will be explained at a forum of community representatives next week.
  • 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.
  • 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 bushfire measures - A Guyra Information Hub has been established at the Guyra showgrounds hall to assist residents during the bushfire emergency.
  • Council bushfire measures continue - A Guyra Information Hub has reopened this morning at the Guyra showgrounds hall to assist residents during the bushfire emergency. The showgrounds are continuing to operate as a Bushfire Neighbourhood Safer Place for residents who choose to relocate.
  • 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 pursues SRV and harmonisation of rates - Council endorsed at yesterday’s Ordinary Council Meeting to pursue an application for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) and to advise the Office of Local Government that Council wishes to opt-out of the rate path freeze; two very complex issues facing Armidale Regional Council.
  • 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.
  • Crowdfunding campaign launched for rail trail business plan - A crowdfunding campaign to develop a business plan for a rail trail between Armidale and Glen Innes was launched today
  • Deputy Premier inspects Malpas Dam & water pipeline construction - The push to increase the height of the wall of Malpas Dam, Armidale’s water storage, is gaining traction with Deputy Premier John Barilaro inspecting the dwindling supply dam and construction progress on the water pipeline to Guyra today.
  • Dirty and proud campaign for motorists - Dirty cars and artistic drawings are coming together in a water-saving alliance, as Council encourages residents in the Armidale region to join the #ProudtobedirtyARC movement.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy the convenience of online rates notices - Armidale region ratepayers can now choose to receive rates notices and water bills electronically, offering added convenience for customers and a boost for the environment.
  • Era of change roars into folk museum - The ‘roaring twenties’ have brought some exciting changes to Armidale Folk Museum, to celebrate next month’s release of the film Downton Abbey.
  • Exhibiting an artful use of rubbish - Preschools, schools and community members have been busy turning trash into treasure for an art to waste competition, with entries now on display in Armidale’s Beardy Street Mall.
  • Expo a one-stop shop for water saving ideas - A National Water Week expo in Armidale Mall this weekend will offer residents a one-stop shop to save, reuse and generally make best use of water in and around their homes.
  • Farming Futures Careers Fair - Students of agriculture and agribusiness gained insight to their employment options when a Council-sponsored Farming Futures Career Fair was held at the University of New England last week.
  • Final forum for 21st Century Libraries Strategy - A series of public forums to gather ideas from community members about the Armidale region’s libraries, and changes they would like to see, will come to a close with a final session next week.
  • Final week for library youth survey - Less than a week remains for young people to share their ideas for the Armidale region’s libraries, by completing an online youth survey.
  • Forest harvest brings better Tanners Road bridge - An upgrade of Oakey River Bridge on Tanners Road, Wollomombi will lead to disruptions for some road users from Tuesday 13 August.
  • 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.
  • Free mulch for water savings - Armidale region residents will again have to access free mulch this weekend to assist with water saving during the ongoing drought.
  • Free showerheads and mulch for water savings - Armidale residents will have double the opportunity for water savings when the Armidale Waste Management Facility and Guyra Recycling & Transfer Station hold another free mulch session this Saturday and Sunday.
  • Free showerheads for Guyra water savings - Guyra residents can swap their old showerhead for a new, high-quality replacement, under a free exchange program launched by Council this week to help households save water, energy and money.
  • Galloway kids lead way in sustainability - Galloway Children’s Centre pre-schoolers have claimed a trifecta in the 2019 waste>art & design competition, after winning the People’s Choice Award.
  • Get some shelf control at book buying session - Library members and other residents are being offered a special opportunity to help select books and other future reading materials for the Armidale and Guyra libraries.
  • Grant assistance for representative athletes - Talented athletes from the Armidale region can receive financial assistance to contest high-profile events.
  • Guyra community urged to maintain lower water use around the home - Armidale Regional Council is cautioning the Guyra community to do more to save water or the Guyra Dams will run dry by August.
  • 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 oval named in honour of local centenarian - Guyra Recreation Ground oval will be named after civic-minded centenarian Ted Mulligan, after a Sports Council recommendation was endorsed at Council’s March Ordinary Meeting.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • History custodian looking forward to family time - A passionate custodian of Hillgrove’s history, Judy Cox, has retired after 20 years as the local museum attendant.
  • History highlights for more connected future - In September, those conversations will also help to foster stronger connections between the Armidale community and the recently resettled Ezidi refugees who now call the region home.
  • Holiday fun to explore and expand the mind - Explore the power of the brain and then expand it with craft and science fun, during October school holiday activities at Armidale Regional Libraries.
  • 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.
  • Information hub launched for Bees Nest bushfire - A community information hub has been established at the Ebor Sports Ground, to assist residents affected by the ongoing bushfire at Bees Nest.
  • Information session for Bees Nest bushfire - A community information session will be held at the Ebor Sports Ground this Friday from 6pm, to assist residents impacted by the Bees Nest bushfire.
  • International Buskers Festival is returning to Beardy Street Mall - Five international performance artists will show off their skills in Beardy Street Mall next month as the International Buskers & Comedy Festival returns to Armidale.
  • 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.
  • Leak monitoring being extended to Armidale - A hidden water leaks monitoring program is being extended to the Armidale town supply, after pipe inspections in Guyra led to a significant number of urgent repairs.
  • Leak monitoring to protect Guyra water supply - Hidden water leak monitoring in the Guyra town water supply system will be undertaken in the latest measure to address the tightening water shortage.
  • Learning from the past to create a better future - The history of home-made clothes and the emergence of fast fashion is explored in Armidale Folk Museum’s most recent display.
  • 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.
  • Level 5 water restrictions set to start for Guyra - Water restrictions in Guyra will be raised to the highest level from Monday 24 June, as one of the measures to stop the town supply from running dry.
  • Libraries launch shortest short story competition - Brevity is again king as Armidale Regional Libraries launches its third annual shortest short story competition, Six of the Best.
  • Library collection update brings new treats - It’s a continuous spring clean with some wonderful lessons and stories. The Armidale region’s libraries perpetually review their collections, identifying books and other materials no longer required to meet the needs of the community and freeing up space to refresh the shelves with new arrivals.
  • 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.
  • Maintenance for timber bridges - Major maintenance work on an Old Armidale Road bridge is scheduled to begin on Monday.
  • Major milestone for Guyra main street upgrade - Guyra’s main street is set to fully reopen to traffic by the end of this week, after initial road resealing between Nincoola Street and Ollera Street is completed.
  • Making water wise gardening an art form - Tiny gardens with equally miniscule water use will be on display at Armidale Regional Libraries workshops and a demonstration at this Sunday’s National Water Week Expo.
  • 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.
  • More opportunity for library strategy input - Residents will have greater opportunity for input to the future services and direction of the Armidale region’s libraries, with an additional community forum announced as part of ongoing public consultation.
  • NAIDOC celebrations head to Guyra - NAIDOC Week celebrations focus on Guyra this Friday, when Council holds a family day at the recreation ground from 11am to 2pm.
  • 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.
  • New card system endorsed for filling stations - A new verification and payment process is proposed for two water filling stations established to help rural households during the drought, with the altered system designed to ensure the facilities are used responsibly and by the people they are intended to assist.
  • New cards for easier library experience - Library users will enjoy some added convenience with the release of new membership cards for the region’s two libraries this week.
  • 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.
  • New home for Day in the Dale - NAIDOC Week celebrations in the Armidale region have a new home this year, with A Day in the Dale to be held at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place on Friday 6 September.
  • New operator brings fresh ideas for market - Rotary Club of Armidale AM will be managing the city’s farmers markets from 1 November, after Council this month awarded the operator’s licence to the community service organisation.
  • New roundabout smells of roses thanks to Garden History Society - Volunteers from the local Australian Garden History Society are making a rosey difference to the newly established roundabout on the New England Highway.
  • New signs for faster emergency responses - Rural property owners in the Armidale Region are being encouraged to display address signs so their location can be easily identified during emergencies.
  • Next stage underway for Kempsey Road upgrade - Road surface improvements are underway along a 2.7km section of Kempsey Road, in the latest stage of an extensive upgrade of the important link between the New England Tablelands and the coast.
  • No stopping at signs and yellow lines - Armidale Regional Council is changing the way No Stopping zones are displayed and motorists need to be vigilant of both No Stopping signs and the new yellow lines along road edges.
  • Organics collections set to start in Guyra - Guyra residents will soon be able to participate in an award-winning community composting program, when the City to Soil program is added to their kerbside waste collection at the start of July.
  • 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.
  • Pavement repairs for CBD roundabout - Roundabout repairs at the intersection of Barney Street and Dangar Street will bring minor delays for traffic from Monday 19 August.
  • Planting the seeds for bushfire cooperation - Bushfire fighting services in the region enlisted some valuable back-up this month, when they provided bushfire awareness training to Council’s heavy vehicle operators.
  • 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.
  • Preparations complete at Guyra test bore sites - Contractors have completed inspections at a number of test bore sites this week and will now begin exploration drilling on Tuesday to find ground water sources to supplement the Armidale region’s dwindling town water supplies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rebates for residential water saving products - Residents will be able to get financial assistance to buy a rainwater tank and water-efficient washing machine, toilets and showerheads, under an expanded rebates program starting on 1 October. The expanded program is being introduced by Council as part of the move to Level 5 water restrictions for all town water users in the Armidale region, providing further assistance for households to save water.
  • 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.
  • Region’s smart business people driving change - The brightest of our region’s business community joined Council at the Tattersalls Hotel last week for the second instalment in a series of business symposiums to generate a shared vision for the Armidale Region’s business ecosystem and enable a can-do collaborative framework for business success.
  • Regional development visionaries sought for peak advisory group - Armidale region residents with strong business knowledge and a broad vision for economic expansion are invited to nominate to be part of an expanded regional development peak advisory group.
  • Regional playground brings birthplace to life - The birthplace of Armidale is about to spring back to life, as historical studies help kick off site preparations for a new regional adventure playground.
  • Rescue program for significant Central Park trees - A rescue program will begin tomorrow to save nationally significant trees in Armidale’s Central Park, using recycled water and a number of water-saving measures.
  • Roadworks begin for Guyra main street upgrade - A reconstruction of the Guyra main street is set to begin this Monday, as a major step to upgrade the town’s central business district.
  • Rockvale Road bridge construction in final stage - A new concrete bridge on Rockvale Road will soon be open to traffic, with roadworks starting this week to construct approaches to the bridge.
  • Roundabout officially opens as attention turns to airport business park - A valuable piece in the puzzle for economic development in the Armidale region was celebrated today, as Federal, State and Council representatives officially opened the New England Highway roundabout next to Armidale Regional Airport.
  • Seniors reveal paths to health and happiness - Close connections with family and friends are keys to wellbeing, according to senior residents at a community forum in Guyra last week.
  • Share your water saving efforts - Residents in the Armidale region are being invited to share how they are saving water and how they think households can conserve water in the future, with a community survey launched today.
  • Simon Murray re-elected as Mayor - Councillor Simon Murray has been re-elected as Mayor of Armidale Regional Council for the next 12 months, with Cr Libby Martin chosen as his new deputy.
  • Smart water strategies key to business resilience - Council is working with high water use businesses and the broader business community to develop stronger water saving measures.
  • 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.
  • Sowing the seeds of water saving knowledge - The drought might be impacting on crop planting throughout the State but Guyra Preschool and Long Day Care Centre is proving it’s never too early to sow the seeds of knowledge.
  • 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.
  • Symposium sparks cooperative path to success - A sold-out business symposium has been told cooperation creates wealth and will be essential for major economic expansion in the Armidale region.
  • Taking Guyra’s Pre School to the next level - A review of the Guyra Pre School and Long Daycare Centre is looking at options to take this valued service to the next level.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Test drilling for bores starts next week - Test drilling will begin next week to find ground water sources to supplement the Armidale region’s town water supplies, as the region remains in Level 5 water restrictions.
  • 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.
  • Training partnership for better services - Construction projects and parks management in the Armidale region are benefitting from an unprecedented level of cooperation between Council and TAFE NSW.
  • Trucking and safety boost from Abington Bridge - Transportation of produce and farm supplies will be assisted by a new Boorolong Road bridge officially opened on Saturday.
  • Turning recycling into an artform - Clever recycling truly is an art form, thanks to a design competition launched this week by Council.
  • United front holds back Moran Oval stormwater - An Armidale rugby union club is less likely to have its seasons interrupted, thanks to a joint project between Council, the club and financial assistance from the NSW Government. Contractor JNC Group this month finished construction of a 50-metre-long retaining wall to stop stormwater run-off inundating the Armidale Blues’ playing fields.
  • 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.
  • Urgent Council action to form business hub - A Regional Development Business Hub will be established in the Armidale central business district, to offer expert assistance and peer support for local business operators and help build the economy.
  • 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.
  • Water consumption cut to 180 litres - Town water consumption for the Armidale region has fallen to approximately 180 litres per person per day, as residents and businesses get behind the ongoing water restrictions.
  • Water dispensing station opens at Arboretum - A new water dispensing station has been opened at the Armidale Arboretum to make it easier for drought-affected rural residents to access water for domestic uses.
  • Water restrictions - Armidale is currently on Level 4 water restrictions and Guyra is on Level 5.
  • Water saving message at Culture Fest - Residents will have another opportunity to learn about the Armidale region’s ongoing water restrictions, and measures to save water, by visiting Council’s stand at Culture Fest tomorrow evening.
  • Water trucks to safeguard Guyra supply - Treated water will be trucked to the Guyra water treatment plant from tomorrow, to prolong the town’s dwindling supply until the Malpas Dam pipeline is operating.
  • Wildlife corridor gets Council support - A community project to create a wildlife corridor and walking track in southern Armidale has been backed by Council.
  • Wildlife protected as business park begins - Work is underway for the Armidale Regional Airport Business Park, with close liaison between Council and specialised ecologists to manage vegetation and biodiversity in and around the site.
  • Win a water-efficient washing machine - A water-efficient front-loading washing machine will be up for grabs for visitors to this Sunday’s National Water Week Expo in the Armidale Mall.
  • 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.
  • Wonderfully packaged display at folk museum - It’s the often forgotten feature of our shopping sprees and favourite products but packaging has played a vital role in many aspects of our lives. A new display at the Armidale Folk Museum, From Plants to Plastic, charts the development of packaging from early natural plant based carriers to the development of glass, paper, canned food and the revolution of plastic packaging.
  • Writes of passage for guest authors - Two authors with very different life stories will share their experiences at Armidale Regional Libraries this month.
  • Youth survey launched for libraries strategy - A new Armidale Regional Libraries survey launched today turns the focus onto what local young people need and expect from their libraries.

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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.