NSW Government

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Armidale Regional Council

The merger of Armidale Dumaresq and Guyra Shire councils

On 12 May 2016 the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, announced the newly formed “Armidale Regional” Council. 

Stronger more efficient councils will work harder for residents and deliver better services and infrastructure like roads, parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.

  • Each new council will receive up to $15 million to invest in community projects like junior sporting facilities, playgrounds and library or pool upgrades.
  • Each new council will receive up to $10 million to streamline administrative processes and cut red tape. (Unspent funds may be redirected to community projects)
  • Ratepayers, in new council areas, will have their rates protected against future increases, meaning they will pay no more for their rates than they would have under their old council for 4 years.

Elections for new councils will take place on 9 September 2017. Details of the new council are contained in the proclamation.

Key information about the new council:

Population: 29,946

Area (sq Km): 8,621

Number of councillors: 11

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Merger Benefits

Managing the implementation

An Administrator and Interim General Manager have been appointed to oversee the implementation of the new council through to the election. 

Name: Ian Tiley

Interim General Manager
Name: Peter Dennis

For more information please call 1300 813 020 (This service is available 24/7)

Stronger Communities Fund 

With the funding provided by the NSW Government, the Council has funded community projects and major projects. Details of these projects appear below. If there are no major projects listed, this means that the Council has yet to finalise the projects that will be funded.

Projects for Armidale Regional Council

Major Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Kempsey Road Upgrade and bitumen seal 3.3km of Kempsey Road. $440,000
Rockvale Road A 1.5km section of road has been programmed to be sealed at the northern end of Rockvale Road from Guyra-Ebor Road to Boundary Creek. $495,000
Platform Road Funding for bitumen sealing and vital safety alterations $740,000
Timber bridges Contribution towards maintaining the 33 timber bridges in the LGA $2,900,000
Dumaresq Dam Recreation Area Contribution towards development of Dumaresq Dam as an attractive and functional tourist and community facility $170,000
NERAM cladding and installation Improvement of the building’s facade and provision of additional insulation to maintain climate control standards $240,000
Guyra Showground Improvements Allocation for funding Guyra Showground improvements to undertake upgrades to electrical facilities and the provision of a new cattle shed $201,590
Central Park Armidale To seek NSW State Heritage Listing for this historic park $180,399
UNE Bellevue Lighting An allocation has been made to assist with developing the Bellevue Sports Facility into a multi-sport venue of international standard, for all residents of the region to enjoy $330,000
Guyra Main Street Upgrade The total project has a cost of $2.77 million with the stronger community fund providing a contribution. $2,000,000
Mall Vibrancy Plan The Armidale Mall Vibrancy Plan has been developed in collaboration with the local community, CBD businesses and other key stakeholders to invigorate Armidale’s CBD and create a modern and vibrant Mall precinct $279,000
Solar Project Solar installation $434,000
Community Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Gayinyaga Aboriginal Advisory Committee Memorial for unmarked graves of Aboriginal people at Armidale Cemetery $20,000
Global Care Community Food Van (“Armidale Community Caravan”) $6,500
New England Mountain Bikers UNE Green Trails Project $41,000
Armidale Rugby League New boundary fencing $20,000
Armidale Riding Club and Equestrian Centre Renovated kitchen $20,000
Armidale Rifle Club Improved Wollomombi rifle range facilities $17,448
Armidale and District Cricket Club New roller $11,500
Armidale and District Cricket Association Newling Oval No1 Replacement Synthetic $5,125
Armidale and District Historical Society Publication of third index $3,970
Armidale and District National Servicemen's Association Membership maintenance $5,000
Armidale Community CareVan Community Soup Kitchen $6,500
Armidale City Band Repair of band hall footings $4,800
Armidale City Gymnastics Club Construction of training room $50,000
Armidale Dam Dragons New shed to store boards at Malpas Dam $10,000
Armidale - Dumaresq NSW SES Additional vehicle storage $14,232
Armidale Family History Group Update and digitise history documents $3,500
Armidale Meals on Wheels Links and Learning Cafe $26,458
Armidale Men's Shed Stand alone dust extraction unit $9,000
Armidale Montessori Preschool Construction of outside covered area for teaching purposes $15,000
Armidale PCYC Installation of air conditioning units $18,234
Armidale RSL Sub Branch Memorial plinths and plaques for the Battle of Long Tan Memorial $15,000
Armidale Showground Reserve Trust Extension for canteen and modernisation of amenities block $50,000
Armidale Tree Group Education Centre for Biodiversity Conservation $13,061
Armidale Urban Rivercare Group and Armidale Tree Group Rehabilitation of Dumaresq Creek from Cananbe Street to Cookes Road $35,000
Australian Garden History Group Heritage Rose Garden (stage 2) $43,656
Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall Trust Management Committee Concreting works $25,000
Drummond Park Preschool Installation of solar power system $7,978
Ebor Showground New public toilet block adjacent to Ebor Showground $50,000
Galloway Children's Centre Replacement of floor coverings $17,230
Guyra Campdraft Club Cattle yards at Guyra Showground $42,000
Guyra Community Garden Inc. Garden expansion $1,000
Guyra and District Historical Society Revitalisation of the Rail Line Infrastructure and Railway Station $28,550
Guyra Junior Rugby League Detached storage facility $14,630
Guyra Polar Bears Swimming Club Structural work and materials $11,323
Guyra Sports Council New fence at Guyra Sportsground (Lion Park) $25,000
Hillgrove Progress Association Inc. Picnic area upgrade: toilet and barbecue facilities $50,000
Jobs Australia Armidale learner driver program $10,000
Legacy House Building renovations $41,000
New England Antique Machinery Club Workshop machinery $20,634
University of Third Age Repairs to floor, installation of new toilets, renovation of kitchen and repairs to kitchen ceiling $50,000
Wards Mistake RFS Soft water tank at Wards Mistake RFS shed $5,500
Wards Mistake Tennis Club Toilet block $40,000
Wollomombi Hall Trust Skillon over BBQ slab $10,000
Wollomombi Hall Trust Deck on hall $30,000
Wongwibinda Progress Association Replacement of hall windows and walls $44,000
Young Life Australia (New England) Disability bathroom installation $15,000
The Hub at Guyra Kitchen and meeting room renovation $10,000