1. Home

Council’s response to Coronavirus

 For further details on council services click here.

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.

Council is committed to doing everything in its power to reduce the spread of Coronavirus in our region. As of today Council is not aware of any confirmed cases in the Armidale region but is taking very seriously the recommendations from health authorities and the State and Federal Government to immediately implement rigorous social distancing policies now.

From today, staff not on the frontline will be working from home and some public Council facilities will be closed from Monday 23 March. These include:

  • Armidale and Guyra Libraries
  • Armidale and Guyra Civic Administration Buildings
  • Monckton Aquatic Centre and Guyra Pool
  • Armidale Folk Museum
  • Kent and Hughes House
  • Armidale Visitors Information Centre
  • Home Support Services Guyra (Nicolli House)
  • Council managed community halls including the Armidale Town Hall

Armidale Regional Council Mayor Cr Simon Murray said these are challenging and unprecedented times for our nation and our region.

“Council is responding quickly to recommendations from the Government and is being proactive to ensure we reduce the effects of Coronavirus.

“Over the counter non-essential customer services will no longer be available in either the Armidale or Guyra offices. This will continue for the foreseeable future and will be evaluated constantly,” said Cr Murray.

“This is uncharted territory for our organisation, but I am confident that we will continue to function as normally as possible. This is a dynamic and changeable environment as we as an organisation adapts, so please bear with us as your interactions with Council will be a little different.”

Both the Armidale and Guyra Libraries have extensive online services for e-books, magazines, all available via Council’s website. Council will continue to provide all services online and our phone lines will be available 24/7.

Council will continue to be proactive and provide regular updates to the community. Please stay up to date via Council’s online channels, via local newspapers and radio. If you are unsure of anything in relation to Council services, our customer service centre is operational 24/7 over the phone or email and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have or point you in the right direction.

“There will be light at the end of the tunnel and life will get back to normal,” said Cr Murray.

“We must work together and look out for each other, our family, friends and neighbours.  We must unite to combat the global coronavirus. If you believe you have any of the symptoms, please seek help and keep away from public areas.”

For further information on public health advice and social distancing actions stay up-to-date at www.health.gov.au

Latest stories

News

Council seeks views on Special Rate Variation
Armidale Regional Council has commenced community consultation on three options for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) for consideration by the community from Monday 2 November until Thursday 10 December 2020.
Water restrictions
Armidale is currently on Level 4 water restrictions and Guyra is on Level 5.
Armidale Airport Apron Expansion reaches next stage of works
Armidale Airport will soar into another stage of its Airport Apron Expansion, with work set to begin sealing the airside parking apron next week. Armidale Regional Council is planning to do a 10 millimetre spray seal, along with completing line marking and applying fuel resistant membrane for aircraft parking bays.
Freaky Friday at the Fright Night Pool Party
Monckton Aquatic Centre will be transformed into a spooky spectacular on Friday 15 January for the Fright Night Pool Party. The family friendly event has something for all ages, with child-friendly activities scheduled for the early evening, followed by a screening of scary movie The Meg for the older kids and adults.
Armidale Regional Council seeks funding for remediation of old Guyra Landfill
Armidale Regional Council is applying for a grant from the NSW Government to remediate the old Guyra Landfill on Everett Street. A public meeting was held on January 12, 2021, to inform residents of the planned works, and why the rehabilitation of the site is needed, following the landfill’s closure 12 years ago.
Masks mandatory at all airports
From midnight tonight, everyone over the age of 12 will be required to wear a face mask at all airports and on domestic commercial flights. Armidale Regional Council is ramping up efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, and will be providing free disposable face masks within the Armidale Regional Airport for those who forget to bring their own for as long as necessary.
Community groups and organisations invited to share their aspirations and needs at council meetings
Community groups and organisations are encouraged to take advantage of a new addition to Council meetings with time now set-aside for presentations to Councillors.
On-site inspections by Councillors on major Development Applications introduced
Councillors will now be better informed when making decisions on Development Applications presented at Council meetings with the introduction of on-site inspections.
Extraordinary Council Meeting - 22 December 2020
Live stream the Extraordinary Council Meeting
Christmas close-down period
Council’s offices and cultural facilities will be closed during the festive period, from Christmas Day to 4 January.
Online platform launches for lodgement of DAs
Property owners and industry professionals can now fast-track residential planning applications through an online planning portal launched by the NSW Government.
Driver Reviver returns to Armidale visitors centre
Armidale’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) will again host a Driver Reviver station during the Christmas - New Year break, with the local service shaping up to be a pioneer for the state-wide Driver Reviver program.