1. Home

Mayor unveils bold plan for our region

Mayor Sam Coupland briefed Local Member Adam Marshall on Council’s plan to grow the Armidale Region over the next 20 years.

The plan, known as Toward 50,000, commences public exhibition today through to Tuesday 19 March 2024, and identifies new employment precincts to deliver Council’s aspirational target to attract 4,000 jobs to our region by 2040 as well as areas to accommodate new housing for an increased regional population of 10,000.

“For too long the Armidale region has suffered from a low population, missing out on much needed government infrastructure and public amenities. Toward 50,000 is a solid plan to make our region an attractive place to live, work and play. People move to regional towns where there are quality jobs, so we expand our economic base considerably to become a magnet for families to move here. This plan identifies priority areas for controlled environment horticulture, renewable energy industries and manufacturing which can help drive the growth of our region over the next 20 years.”, said Mayor Coupland.

Towards 50,000 is underpinned by a region building a water security package which includes the raising of the Malpas dam wall to the maximum of 6.5 metres and the connection of Oaky River dam to Council’s water network. Increasing the secure water supply in our region from 2,430 megalitres per annum (MLpa) to about 8,000MLpa will allow expansion of our engine industries to drive the growth of our region and support a population beyond 50,000.

“The action to solve the region’s water security problems started on day one for Council. At our first Council Meeting in January 2022, my fellow Councillors and I set an aspirational target to grow jobs in our region by 4,000 by 2040, however, it became clear to us that without water security all other efforts to grow would be futile, stated Mayor Coupland.

Through Adam’s support we secured funding to raise Malpas Dam in June 2022 and we agreed to purchase Oaky River dam from Essential Energy in December 2022. Now that we’ve got the foundations in place we can step confidently forward and shape our own future – this is what we are going to do.”

The success of Toward 50,000 will be dependent on the community getting behind it. We encourage everyone to spend time reviewing it and making submissions. To view the draft document and to make a submission visit Your Say Armidale page.

200404_0871ArmidaleSecondaryCollegeL

Latest stories

News

Armidale East Mall plans to go on public display
Plans to revitalise Armidale’s East Mall and make it a more appealing precinct for visitors, locals and business owners will go on display from tomorrow Friday 1 March 2024.
Be bold and bright at Armidale’s new pride event
In a celebration of diversity, Armidale is set to host a new community event that promises to be a beacon of inclusivity for young people in the region.
Fun run returns to Autumn Festival
The hugely popular Campus to City Canter will make a return to this year’s Autumn Festival program after a four-year hiatus.
Oaky River Dam purchase complete
The official sale contract for Oaky River Dam has been settled by Armidale Regional Council Mayor Sam Coupland.
Council honours leading citizens in local Australia Day ceremony
Some of Armidale’s ‘hidden treasures’ gathered at Central Park in Armidale on January 26, where they were honoured during the annual Australia Day Awards.
Alex Manners, Chief Officer Assets and Services gives an important update about Guyra’s water supply
Dear Guyra community, I understand that you may be experiencing changed water quality and am writing to share some information and plans that I hope will provide reassurance.
Armidale Folk Museum marks 90 years and steps into the future
Armidale Folk Museum has quietly marked its 90th Anniversary and released a virtual tour ahead of renovations to be completed in 2024.
Extraordinary Council Meeting - January 24
An Extraordinary Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday 24 January 2024 for Council to present the 2022/23 audited Financial Statements.
Official Statement - Tip Shop Closure
Official Statement - Tip Shop Closure
Council partners with UNE to bridge town and gown with access to Eduroam
Since the establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding with UNE, Council has been actively involved in re-establishing partnerships with UNE and ensuring the city and the university forge ahead with initiatives that support greater collaboration and better outcomes for students, staff and the city.