1. Home

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.

A desktop study of the region’s subsurface rock formations and records of existing bores had identified a number of locations in the Guyra district that appeared to be suitable for groundwater supplies that were adequate in water flow and quality, bore water consultant Hydroilex has told Council at a meeting last week.

“The consultant has expressed cautious optimism about the potential of several sites and we will act quickly to seek the necessary approvals for testing at these locations,” Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said.

“More detail has been provided by Hydroilex in a written report received today and we will examine those recommendations to plot our next actions. We’re doing what we can to minimise the timeframes for each step so we can supplement what remains of our dam supplies.

“These bore supplies won’t be large enough to offer a complete solution to our water supply crisis but Hydroilex’s initial findings are positive news that ground water reserves could help buy us time while we wait for the drought to break.

“Obviously the most valuable thing we can all do now is minimise our water consumption to make the remaining supplies last as long as possible.”

Councillor Murray said an engineering solution, such as drilling bores and connecting that water to the town supply, would come at a massive cost.

“However, we are investigating all those realistic options so our residents and businesses continue to have water for essential activities,” he said.

Hydroilex is halfway through a 12-week study that initially focused on the Guyra district and has now turned its attention to Armidale.

“The study’s preliminary investigations for the Armidale district have not been quite successful in revealing promising sites but the search is continuing. Despite the relatively short distance between Guyra and Armidale, Hydroilex has found the geology between the two areas is markedly different,” Cr Murray said.


Latest stories


Council’s response to Coronavirus
On advice from State and Federal Governments Armidale Regional Council is implementing a number of social distancing policies and temporary public facility closures to ensure the safety of our community and to Council staff.
App gives easier access to Council services
Many Council services and updates are now even easier to access thanks to additions and improvements to the Council online app.
Water restrictions
Armidale is currently on Level 4 water restrictions and Guyra is on Level 5.
Local Aboriginal history goes digital
Armidale Regional Library staff have been busy digitising local Aboriginal history items after receiving a State Library of NSW grant.
Response to the Minister for Local Government
A message from the Mayor Cr Simon Murray
Libraries, Museum and VIC to reopen Monday
From Monday 1 June Council will progressively ease COVID-19 restrictions on a range of services in-line with public health orders and guidance from the NSW Government.
EOIs sought for stabilisation works for Dumaresq Dam
Council will now proceed to tender with previously selected contractors for the stabilisation of the Dumaresq Dam wall and associated works.
Community survey for playground equipment
A survey launched this week is asking community members in the Armidale region to indicate their preferences for additional play equipment at the new Curtis Park Playground.
Expressions of Interest sought for state of the art hydrotherapy pool complex
Armidale Regional Council is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from businesses for the design, construction, co-investment and management of a state of the art hydrotherapy pool complex.
Rangers respond to influx of animal surrenders and adoptions
Armidale Animal Companion Shelter is experiencing some of its busiest days, as Council Rangers respond to an influx of animal surrenders and adoptions.
Community webinar on Guyra groundwater network
A public webinar being held this month will give community members the latest information about the Ground Water Supply Network being developed in the Guyra district.
Mayor welcomes additional assistance to resolve factions
Council welcomes all constructive input to maintain the effective operations of the organisation and its good governance, Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said.
Armidale region playgrounds to reopen
Outdoor playgrounds, gym equipment and barbeque facilities will reopen across the Armidale region this Friday, following an announcement from the NSW Government to ease COVID-19 restrictions.