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Premier’s Spelling Bee at Guyra Central

2nd Aug 2022

On Wednesday the 27th of July, K-6 participated in the Guyra Central School Premier’s Spelling Bee. The Premier’s Spelling Bee is a fun and educational way for primary school students to engage with and improve their spelling. The program...

Aileen chosen for NSW Legislative Council

2nd Aug 2022

Members of the NSW Liberal Party have preselected Aileen MacDonald OAM as the Party’s candidate to fill the casual Legislative Council vacancy that will be caused by the impending retirement of the Hon Catherine Cusack, with Party endorsement t...

Gazebo planned for CWA’s 90th

2nd Aug 2022

A new gazebo will be built in McKIe Park as a lasting memorial marking 90 years of service to the Guyra community by the Country Women’s Association.Members of the Guyra CWA last week met with Wendy Mulligan and David Kanaley from the Guyra Gar...

GLENRAC welcomes new Sustainable Ag Project Officer

2nd Aug 2022

The Glen Innes Natural Resources Advisory Committee has welcomed a new Project Officer for Sustainable Agriculture to their ranks. Emma Tilley will be based full-time at the GLENRAC office and her work will focus primarily on assisting farmer’s...

Council appoints new Chief Officer – Corporate and Community

2nd Aug 2022

Armidale Regional Council’s Manager Communications and Marketing Darren Schaefer has been appointed as the new Chief Officer Corporate and Community to join Council’s senior leadership team and help guide the organisation on its change jo...

Petition demands immediate changes

26th Jul 2022

IN the largest combined effort yet to demand drastic change and improvements in health services and staffing levels across the region, local Mayors, nurses and midwives, community advocates and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall have launch...

Get crafty with Jypsi

26th Jul 2022

The owner of the ‘Rainbow Room’ Jypsi Hooper, is now offering weekly workshops in the function room at Silent Hands Cafe (both businesses are located at 87 Malpas Street, Guyra). So far, Jypsi has had two booked out classes for 2d Needle ...

Plans to get trains running again

26th Jul 2022

New England Railway Inc. (NERI) is back on track after a few years with minimal activity. In October 2021 a new board took over what was essentially an organisation heading towards wind up. The new board brought extensive railway, management, and leg...

Bowlo supports locals with cash

19th Jul 2022

The Guyra Bowling & Recreation Club last week handed over donations to three very worthy organisations in Guyra.Secretary Manager Ken Law said the club was aware that over the past two years many volunteer organisations have been struggling becau...

Signs renewed

19th Jul 2022

The two Guyra town entry signs located on the New England Highway have been reinstalled following a makeover. The signs have been in place for over 10 years and were looking a little the worse for wear. They were removed in June to allow specialists ...

Outgoing farm leader sees hope on horizon

19th Jul 2022

Outgoing NSW Farmers President James Jackson says there is a great future ahead for Australian agriculture if governments and the public support the vital sector.With his term as leader of the country’s largest state farming organisation ending...

Join a free tour of Council facilities and learn about Local Government services

19th Jul 2022

Have you ever wondered what happens after you flush the toilet or when you put your recycling out on the kerbside? Or do you just want to know about the various services your Council delivers in the community? Local Government Week is designed to sho...

Guyra Evening CWA Celebrates Women – Wisely and Healthily !

19th Jul 2022

The Guyra Evening CWA hosted a wonderful morning out in Guyra recently with the theme of ‘Women wellbeing and the next generation’.Despite the arctic outside temperature  there was warm happy conversations including a decadent mornin...

90 years of CWA in Guyra

12th Jul 2022

The Guyra Branch of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) marked 90 years of service to the community with an anniversary lunch at the Guyra Bowling Club last week.Guyra CWA History 1932 - 2022On 16th July 1932 Miss Mary White of Saumarez, the ...

What’s Brew’n in Guyra

12th Jul 2022

Neil Fereday has done something that people often dream about – he has turned his hobby into a business. Originally from the western suburbs of Sydney, Neil and wife Danielle made the move to the country because they wanted to raise their kids ...

Rotary Club marks 75th Anniversary

12th Jul 2022

The Rotary Club of Guyra held their changeover dinner on Saturday, combining the event with celebrations to mark their 75th anniversary, albeit a year late. The Christmas in July themed event was held at the Soldiers Memorial Hall and was attended by...

10-year strategic approach to better manage water quality

12th Jul 2022

A new Catchment Water Quality Strategic Plan 2022 – 2032 guiding Armidale Regional Council and its stakeholders to better manage water quality entering streams and water reservoirs is now on public exhibition for community feedback. The Catchme...

Bidding brisk at lamb sale

12th Jul 2022

More than $7000 was raised at the Guyra Sheep and Lamb sale last week on behalf of Tony and Liz Looker. The couple are preparing to take part in the Drover’s Run 4WD Outback Adventure fundraising for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.T...

What’s happening at the Guyra Neighbourhood Centre

5th Jul 2022

After trading as The Hub at Guyra for a number of years, the centre is taking a new direction with a change of name and expanded services. It follows a year of updating of the Centre’s Strategic and Operations Plan and consultation with the com...

Turnaround strategy underpinned by 50% SRV

5th Jul 2022

Strategic budget documents that set a plan to turnaround the systemic revenue issues of the past 20 years were the cornerstone of the budget adopted by Armidale Regional Council (ARC) at their June meeting.The budget will be underpinned by a communit...

Workers wanted to boost food and fibre production

5th Jul 2022

NSW Farmers President James Jackson says Australians looking for work should consider a career in agriculture.There were almost half a million job vacancies across the country, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which Mr Jackson said w...

Farmers urged to attend free information evening

5th Jul 2022

GLENRAC’s hugely popular Farmer Update information evening is back for another year, with a jam-packed line-up of speakers from across the agriculture sector gathering to discuss farm finance, drought resilience, safety and compliance. Dr Lewis...

Tresillian prepares to open doors to families

5th Jul 2022

AN innovative early parenting service will soon offer increased face-to-face services to families in the Armidale region, with the establishment of Tresillian Family Care Centre. A Tresillian 2U mobile van is also planned for the Inverell district.Th...

End of the road for Guyra Taxi

28th Jun 2022

The Guyra Taxi Service owned by Arthur and Caroline Atkins will cease to operate from Thursday June 30th. After 20 years, and many thousands of trips, the couple have decided to call it a day. Arthur said that it was not an easy decision, but rising ...

Celebrating the Winter Solstice in style

28th Jun 2022

A wonderful night was had by all last Thursday evening at Brisk Trading and Crop Hair Design’s lovely shared space in the fabulous main street of Guyra. Bronwyn, owner and proprietor of Brisk Trading, who has a solstice birthday herself, though...

Malpas Dam wall raising project welcomed

28th Jun 2022

A $27 million funding reservation for the raising of Malpas Dam wall announced in the 2022-23 NSW Budget, has been welcomed by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Armidale Regional Council Mayor Sam Coupland.Mr Marshall said the project would de...

Exciting times ahead with formation of Guyra and Community Progress Association

28th Jun 2022

Through the love of our great little Country town and surrounds, the recently formed Guyra and Community Progress Association would like to invite and welcome everyone from our community to join this vibrant, energetic, committed and positive group.O...

Don’t get caught by shopping scams

28th Jun 2022

What’s an online shopping scam? More than one-third of Australian households shop online. Taking advantage of this trend, scammers are setting up fake websites and deceiving people into buying from them. Once the order is placed and payment mad...

Landholders asked to ensure compliance with safe storage of firearms

28th Jun 2022

Police are encouraging landholders to conduct regular property security checks and to ensure compliance with safe storage of firearms. The messaging comes as NSW Police Force conduct Operation Armour which aims to prevent, disrupt and reduce firearms...

$10,000 sends St Mary’s to nation’s capital

14th Jun 2022

YEARS 5 and 6 students from St Mary’s of the Angels Catholic School at Guyra will be treated to the trip-of-a-lifetime when they visit nation’s capital next year, with some extra help from a $10,000 State Government grant to ensure the en...

Harding Miller Foundation Scholarship Awards Night 

14th Jun 2022

The Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarships are available to female students who are living anywhere in Australia, including regional and remote areas. This can create barriers to pursuing education for Australians living in rural areas. Thi...

Memorial Park briefing for Councillors

14th Jun 2022

The Guyra Garden Club last week met with Armidale Regional Council Mayor Sam Coupland and General Manager James Roncon to discuss progress on the Memorial Park Project. Councillors Mepham, Gaddes and Galletly were also in attendance, along with repre...

Use your dine and discover vouchers before it is too late

14th Jun 2022

Residents are being encouraged to use their free Dine & Discover vouchers before they expire at the end of the month.The vouchers were announced last year, giving eligible NSW residents six $25 vouchers to be redeemed at local hospitality and ent...

Country Press NSW meets with State Government over advertising situation

14th Jun 2022

Country Press NSW has met with NSW Government representatives to address the challenge caused by diminished official advertising, which is adversely affecting the regional independent newspaper industry.A delegation of Country Press NSW executives me...

Winter fishing closure in trout streams begins June 14

14th Jun 2022

Anglers looking to catch a trout are reminded that the June long weekend was their last opportunity to fish in trout streams and rivers across NSW, as the fishing season closes in these waters over winter.NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) De...

Lions Club installs new President

7th Jun 2022

The Lions Club of Guyra held their annual changeover on Wednesday evening June 1st at the Guyra Bowling Club. Zone Chairman Lloyd Levingston installed the new President Jim Betts and his executive for the ensuing year. In his President’s report...

Reconciliation Week Celebrations at Black Mountain

7th Jun 2022

On Friday, 3rd June 2022 we celebrated Reconciliation Week at Black Mountain Public School. We started the day with a Smoking Ceremony followed by ‘The Bunyip Story’ read by Banbai Ranger, Tremane Patterson. The parents and students plant...

Regrowth workshop

7th Jun 2022

More than two years on from devastating bushfires, locals are still putting the pieces together. The grass may be greener but for many, the trauma remains near the surface. A free upcoming Regrowth workshop on Wednesday, June 15, seeks to help the Gu...

Council and SES teams clean up after gale-force winds

7th Jun 2022

State Emergency Service and council teams across the region were busy clearing debris last week, and some residents remained without power for more than 48 hours after wild weather blasted the Northern Tablelands.As strong winds ripped through the re...

Getting to the root of the problem

7th Jun 2022

The University of New England (UNE) is now temporarily home to a replica of one of the largest tomato glasshouse operations in the Southern Hemisphere, with Costa Group installing a small-scale version of its hydroponic production syst...

St Marys cross country team excel

7th Jun 2022

On Friday May 6th, Darcie Campbell, Mia Waters, Hugo Sisson, Flynn McFarlane, Jimmy Neill, Peter Grills, Oskar Laing, Scarlett Newberry, Bella Hayes, Indi Roberts, Callie Cameron, Darcy Sisson, Christopher Welsh, Zac Jones, Olive McFarlane, Fergus Ro...

Wild night brings taste of winter

31st May 2022

The final days of autumn have delivered a taste of what is to come, with a wintry blast arriving across the region on Monday and Tuesday. Emergency services were kept busy on Monday evening as the cold front passed through, bringing heavy rain and st...

Feedback needed to make region more inclusive

31st May 2022

Armidale Regional Council’s draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) 2022-2026 is now on public exhibition for 28 days from Thursday 26 May to Wednesday 22 June for community input. The draft DIAP was approved for public exhibition at the ...

Free flu jabs for all NSW residents

31st May 2022

A free flu jab will be available to all NSW residents in a month-long blitz from June 1 in an effort to combat this year’s expected severe influenza season.With a sharp increase in flu cases already, the NSW Government will fund flu vaccination...

Back home to start new business for Guyra

31st May 2022

Cameron Readford and Wade Beard, along with their families have recently moved ‘home’ to Guyra. Both of their wives Melissa Readford and Kylie Beard (nee Turnham), grew up here and Guyra is very close to their heart.Cameron and Wade are b...

CWA gather in Guyra

31st May 2022

Members of the Country Women’s Association from across the Nothern Tablelands gathered in Guyra last week to share skills and learn new ones. The Guyra Branch hosted visitors from Armidale, Tenterfield, and Glen Innes as well as their own membe...

Thank you

31st May 2022

The New England vote for myself as the Labor candidate was the highest in 25 years. This showed that voters wanted an option for progressive leadership.Thank you to everyone who contacted and spoke to me about your concerns. Many of you are truly fru...

Fit for Life Outreach Program

31st May 2022

On Tuesday 10th May 2022, Armidale Police Citizens Youth Club began running their outreach program Fit for Life at the Guyra Central School gymnasium.Keith Robinson and Brad Killen from PCYC Armidale have been making the early morning trek every Tues...

Premier’s Debating Challenge

31st May 2022

On Thursday the 19th of May, Mrs Bronwyn Paull and Mrs Michelle Kliendienst took the Year 5 Guyra Central School Stage 3 Debating team to Uralla Central for the first round of the Premier’s Debating Challenge. The Premier's Debating Challenge i...

Vandals target local buildings

24th May 2022

The Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival committee has been left feeling deeply disappointed after the new shed constructed for the festival was vandalised with graffiti on the weekend.The unwanted artwork was discovered on Sunday, and they are calling on ...

Barnaby wins battle for New England

24th May 2022

Barnaby Joyce will serve another term as member for New England following the federal election held on May 21st.Having held the seat since 2013, Mr Joyce secured over half of the primary vote, with 52.77 per cent of first preferences. This result was...

Live music and theatre this week

24th May 2022

The Australian Poetry Hall of Fame is hosting a number of events this week. Thursday, May 26th Glenn Skuthorpe is appearing with Lainie Jamieson. With six highly-regarded albums and music featured in movies and documentaries such as The Emu Runner an...

Volunteers celebrated for National Volunteer Week

24th May 2022

The region’s volunteers have been recognised in the New England Volunteer Awards last week as part of National Volunteer Week.Fifteen locals were nominated across the Armidale Volunteer Referral Service (AVRS) Awards and the Alwyn Jones Communi...

Guyra progress in Bill Turner Cup

24th May 2022

On Wednesday 18th May 2022, Guyra Central School under 15’s boys competed in Round 2 of the Bill Turner Cup Knockout State Soccer Championships. The team was made up of some who have played soccer for years, and others who had never played befo...

Project Green delivers

24th May 2022

On Wednesday 18th May 2022, Guyra Central School Project Green students hosted a working lunch with Armidale Women’s Shelter’s Penny Lamaro. The purpose of this visit was to hand over the emergency/dignity bags and personal care items whi...

Let the money flow for Malpas Dam expansion in budget: Marshall

24th May 2022

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has challenged the State Government to turn on the tap and starting filling the $27 million funding bucket required to raise the Malpas Dam wall and deliver decades of water security to the city of Armidale and co...

Funding to protect koala habitat

24th May 2022

ELIGIBLE private landholders and farmers in the Armidale Regional and Uralla local government areas will soon have access to funding which supports koala habitat restoration and enhancement, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today welcoming t...

Fork in the road for region’s future

17th May 2022

Armidale Regional Council’s (ARC) annual Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) documents, including the proposed 2022-23 Budget, Fees and Charges and Resourcing Strategy, are now on Public Exhibition for community feedback. Since elected...

Busy time for local dancers

17th May 2022

Australian Dance Enterprises (ADE) has had a busy few months with two very special events “Dancing with the Stars” and “Fleece to Fashion Gala Awards”. ADE students and teachers were involved with choreography and performances...

Joyce promises $3 million for Early Learning Centre

17th May 2022

Member for New England and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has made a pre-election promise to provide $3 million towards a $4.2 million project for the proposed Guyra Early Learning Centre. Mr Joyce made the announcement in Armidale on Friday as ...

Guyra home searched by Federal Police

17th May 2022

A 38-year-old man appeared in Armidale Local Court on May 4th, 2022, charged with allegedly possessing child abuse material online.On 13 April 2022, officers from the AFP Eastern Command Child Protection Operations team arrested and ch...

Relieving Deputy Principal joins team

17th May 2022

Janette Holmes has joined Guyra Central School as relieving Deputy Principal during Term 2 and Term 3. Janette is joining Guyra Central School from Armidale Secondary College and is very excited about working in a small school where she will be able ...

How do I vote if I catch COVID during election week?

17th May 2022

Emergency telephone voting has been introduced for voters forced to isolate with COVID.  It is something the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has been working on after the law was changed in February to al...

Out with the roundabout, in with a Give Way sign

17th May 2022

The roundabout at the intersection of Bradley and Mackenzie Streets will be removed following a recommendation by the traffic committee of Armidale Regional Council (ARC). The committee recommended the removal of the roundabout and that the intersect...

No improvement for telecommunications

17th May 2022

Despite years of discussion and a review of regional telecommunications in 2018, there appears to be very little improvement in mobile coverage and internet services for the residents of New England.Laura Hughes, Labor Candidate for New England said ...

Guyra meetings sidelined by ARC

3rd May 2022

The Guyra council chambers has been sidelined as a meeting venue by Armidale Regional Council’s due to lack of space, technical difficulties and COVID-19. Previously, every third meeting has been held in Guyra, however for the foreseeable futur...

National Family Daycare Week

3rd May 2022

This week is National Family Day Care week. It's the 10th year of National Family Day Care week celebrations which highlights the vital role of Family Day Care has in the development and wellbeing of over 90,000 children Australia wide. Guyra is fort...

Anzac Day 2022

26th Apr 2022

A chill wind and near-freezing temperatures greeted those who gathered at the Soldiers Memorial Hall in Guyra for the dawn service to kick off Anzac Day commemorations for 2022. The weather had warmed slightly for the rest of the commemorations which...

Report highlights Costa investment

26th Apr 2022

An economic and social impact report has highlighted the impact of the investment by the Costa Group in the Guyra area. The report, prepared by Deep End Services on behalf of Costa Group, provides a detailed overview of the glasshouse development, in...

Anzac Day at Ben Lomond

26th Apr 2022

Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall welcomed community, guests and visitors to the annual Anzac Day service on Monday. Although there was a hint of sun the wind sent our service inside to the hall’s recently refurbished Memorial Room, where we were se...

Anzac Day commemorative address

26th Apr 2022

The Gallipoli assault was intended as part of an effort to seize the Dardanelles, and in doing so open up a maritime passage to support a push to the Turkish capital, Constantinople. In March 1915 an effort to push through the straight had failed, an...

Plans for Malpas Dam expansion formally put to water minister

26th Apr 2022

A 26.3 MILLION proposal to raise the Malpas Dam wall by 6.5 metres, has been formally put to the State Government.Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall and Armidale Regional Council Mayor Sam Coupland had a face-to-face meeting with Water Mini...

Eight candidates on ballot box for New England

26th Apr 2022

Eight candidates will be running for the seat of New England when voters go to the ballot box next month. The ballot draw for the election was conducted in Armidale on Friday.Pavlo Samios from Inverell, who is a candidate for the Liberal Democrats, w...

Soccer ambrose a great success

26th Apr 2022

Last Sunday 24th April the Guyra United Soccer Club held their annual Golf Ambrose. Although it was on a long weekend, they still managed to get a total of 34 Players for the day, so a big thank you to all the players who came out and supported the c...

Success for shooters

19th Apr 2022

Shooters from Guyra Gun Club have showcased their talent with multiple successes at State and National level. They participated in the Australian Clay Target Association’s Trap State Championships followed by the Nationals which were held in Wa...

Autumn wool dyeing workshop

19th Apr 2022

‘Our Little Gallery’ is offering locals a chance to learn the art of wool dyeing. They will be holding a workshop in the Community Garden at the Guyra Neighbourhood Centre on Sunday, May 1st. Particpants will receive two skeins of sock ya...

More planning reforms proposed

19th Apr 2022

The reform agenda of the newly elected Armidale Regional Council continues with another unanimous resolution to make more changes to local planning laws. The employment zone reforms propose a wider range of land uses for business and commercial zones...

Ice-rink one week later than anticipated

19th Apr 2022

The arrival of the 25 meter ice-skating rink – part of Armidale’s Big Chill Festival - has been pushed back by one week and will now be available from 13 to 29 May 2022. The delay stems from the consistent wet weather and availability of ...

Super Spuds call it quits

13th Apr 2022

The Guyra community has been left shocked and saddened by the news that the Super Spuds have withdrawn from the Group 19 rugby league competition and the club’s future is in jeopardy. It is a bitter blow for the committee who had high hopes and...

Tour de Rocks rides in to Guyra Showground

13th Apr 2022

Friday April 8, 2022 saw 250 bike riders, and those supporting the riders, roll into the famous Guyra Showgrounds after completing a gruelling 91 kms from Wollomombi for the day. The Showground became a welcome site and a tent city to house the teams...

100th birthday celebration

13th Apr 2022

Black Mountain resident Beryl Dahlenburg this week marked a significant milestone, celebrating her 100th birthday. Beryl was born at Hornsby Hospital on April 9th, 1922. She remained in Hornsby until her marriage at age 20. Her husband was in the air...

Staff farewelled at Guyra Central

13th Apr 2022

Guyra Central School farewelled two staff members at the end of term one. Deputy Principal Tim Lloyd has been appointed, through merit selection process, as the new Principal at Gilgandra High School. Principal Michelle Nicholson said that Mr Lloyd h...

Regional stages are coming alive

13th Apr 2022

The performing arts are coming alive again after two years in COVID dormancy, and the New England North West is about to feel that creative wave.Arts North West On Tour, along with its community network partners, has launched an exciting schedule of ...

Piano man to perform on Easter Sunday

13th Apr 2022

On Easter Sunday April 17th, you can enjoy the Piano Man performance by Graham Bishop and friends at the Australian Poetry Hall of Fame. Graham is a highly experienced solo pianist who has performed Australia wide. It will be a sit down cabaret style...

Electricity network upgrade for CBD

5th Apr 2022

Essential Energy will soon commence work on the upgrade of the electricity network in Guyra’s main street.Operations Manager Ranges, Paul McWilliam, said the works would ensure the electricity network remains safe and reliable for the Guyra com...

Anne Starr lands judging spot at Sydney

5th Apr 2022

The eyes of the beef industry will be on Guyra’s Anne Starr and her fellow judges at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show. Anne will join MLA CEO Jason Strong and David Smith to decide the winner of one of the most sought after trophies...

SES Volunteers rewarded

5th Apr 2022

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers and members have been rewarded for their service at a special ceremony held in Tamworth, where 68 long service medals, and 12 national medals were handed out.Guyra Unit Commander David Godlonton was among thos...

Council seeks one-off Additional Special Variation

5th Apr 2022

Armidale Regional Council (ARC) has endorsed the preparation of the one-off Additional Special Variation (ASV) application for the 2022-2023 financial year to the maximum level of 2.5% permissible and on a permanent basis. In March this year the Offi...

How TAFE NSW helped Joseph

5th Apr 2022

A local 18-year-old with hopes of working in the public sector has fast-tracked his career by studying a TAFE NSW business course while still in high school.  Joseph Stanley completed a Certificate II in Business through TAFE Digital as a TVET c...

‘Sign up’ to support climate action

5th Apr 2022

People in the New England area are joining with the Together We Can movement and ‘signing up’ with others all over Australia to call for much stronger action on reducing Australia’s emissions – and they have the signs to show ...

$234,500 for final stage of Men’s Shed

29th Mar 2022

The Guyra Men’s Shed has received a further $234,500 in State Government funding to complete the final stage of the refurbishment and expansion of its new home – the former Guyra SES building behind the old courthouse. Funding was provide...

Permanent base in Guyra for building surveyor

29th Mar 2022

Expert advice to help you navigate the construction approvals process is now based permanently at the Guyra Civic Administration Building. Council’s Building Surveyor Michael Fox has been in the building industry for 44 years, 24 of those in lo...

Tour de Rocks heads for the hills

29th Mar 2022

Organisers of the Tour De Rocks bike ride have had to come up with an alternate plan for this year’s event to ensure the ride goes ahead. After COVID caused the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 events, this year’s obstacle has proven to ...

Love for Lismore from Men’s Shed

29th Mar 2022

The Guyra’s Men’s Shed has sent some love to flood affected Lismore by way of 80 plywood hearts. They were one of many men’s shed across the state who responded to a call from the community group Resilient Lismore (Helping Hands).Th...

Water security key to region’s prosperity

29th Mar 2022

The first of Council’s region building infrastructure packages was unveiled last week, with Council unanimously supporting a water security package that proposes a 6.5m raising of the Malpas Dam, acquisition and commissioning of Oaky River Dam ...

Guyra teen arrested

29th Mar 2022

A 16 year old teenager from Guyra will face court next month following an investigation into the alleged armed robbery of a service station in Inverell last week. About 1.30am on Tuesday 22 March 2022, a male – wearing a balaclava – enter...

Quality on offer at Lamb Show and Sale

22nd Mar 2022

The 2022 New England Livestock Agents Guyra Lamb Show and Sale was held at the Guyra Saleyards last week. 2000 show lambs were yarded and a further 8500 sheep and lambs were auctioned on the day as part of the regular sale.This year’s entrants ...

New members urgently needed for VRA

22nd Mar 2022

Guyra Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) are once again on the lookout for members of our community to join our diminishing team of proactive volunteers.Many of our current volunteer Rescue Operators have served your community of Guyra 24/7 for decad...

Get back on the track for Guyra Cup this Saturday

22nd Mar 2022

This Saturday Guyra has its day at the races at the Armidale racetrack for Watson McNamara and Watt Guyra Cup Race Day. There will be a full afternoon of racing with seven races on the card. The main event will be the Guyra Cup over the distance of 1...

Parliamentary praise for Guyra Anglers Club

22nd Mar 2022

It is with appreciation and thankfulness that we let our local community know that February saw the Guyra Anglers Club mentioned in State Parliament Chambers by our local State Parliament representative Adam Marshall. After an approach from his offic...

Community Garden Going Gangbusters

15th Mar 2022

On Saturday 12th February, a group of seven ladies gathered together for a working bee at the Guyra Community Garden, located at The Hub. They weeded, staked, sprayed, cut back and did a general tidy up in the garden, which has seen enormous growth s...

New educational pathways program for local schools

15th Mar 2022

Students at Guyra Central School will be among those from 13 schools across the region will have the opportunity to take part in an exciting program designed to improve their education and career outcomes, with the expansion of the State Government&r...

Rescue Helicopter Service puts call out to volunteers

15th Mar 2022

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has launched a recruitment program designed to reengage with volunteers impacted after a two-year COVID hiatus.  COVID restrictions have severely hampered volunteer activity and the Service’s key fundr...

Regional finals for Youth of the Year

15th Mar 2022

On Saturday March 12th, the Guyra Lions Club hosted the Region 4 Youth of the Year final. This year there were only two contestants with Ryan McAllister from Glen Innes High School joining Ellie Mitchell representing Guyra Central School to face the ...

Greens candidate for New England

15th Mar 2022

The former mayor of Glen Innes Severn Council Carol Sparks has been announced as the Greens’ candidate for the seat of New England. Ms Sparks has been involved in politics since 2014 and was elected as Mayor in 2018. She has always had an inter...

Chamber Chatter - Small Business Month

15th Mar 2022

March is Small Business Month right across the state of NSW. As part of this focus on small business, the Guyra District Chamber of Commerce hosted an information day with four key speakers and lots of free food. Fifteen people attended the event on ...

Fatal crash at Black Mountain

15th Mar 2022

Police are investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash near Black Mountain. At about 5.35am Sunday March 13th, emergency services were called to the New England Highway, Black Mountain following reports that a hatch back and truck had collided head on.Th...

Guyra Show - Junior Sheep & Wool judging

15th Mar 2022

We had a good number of students that came and had a go at doing both sheep and wool judging. Thank you to Guyra Central School, O’Connor Catholic College and all the independent students that came and supported us in both the senior and junior...

Lions Youth of the Year

8th Mar 2022

On Wednesday March 2nd the Lions Club of Guyra hosted their Youth of the Year quest. The club welcomed three candidates from Guyra Central School competing for the chance to progress on to regional level. The contestants were Ellie Mitchell, Michael ...

Fantastic Fishing Function for Anglers Club

8th Mar 2022

Guyra Anglers Club celebrated the achievements of their members with their AGM and Presentation on Sunday March 6th. The committee including some returning members and coupled with some new blood, had joy in acknowledging the efforts in everything fi...

Polocrosse action at Bald Blair this weekend

8th Mar 2022

Guyra Polocrosse Club will host its annual carnival this weekend at the Richard White Memorial Polocrosse Fields, Bald Blair. The carnival will be the first for the season in Northern NSW and promises to be two days of great polocrosse acti...

Calling all-rounder stock dogs!

8th Mar 2022

Farmers, stockmen and women, agents, contractors and triallers: if you have a stock dog that’s handy on sheep and cattle, you are encouraged to have a go in the ‘Stock Dog Challenge’, run by the Australian Utility Stock Dog Society ...

Guyra Show 2022 - Wool Section

8th Mar 2022

The Wool section at the 2022 Guyra Show was once again well supported with 338 fleeces submitted for judging.This year’s judge was Tom Henry from Elders. Grand Champion: Sam McLeod Reserve Grand Champion: Tangley GrazingChampion Commercial: Ru...

Guyra Show 2022 - Poultry Section

8th Mar 2022

There were over 40 entries in the Poultry Section at the 2022 Guyra Show. Exhibits were primarily chooks, although were some ducks also. Entries came from Pallamallawa, Uralla, Guyra and Coutts Crossing.A very keen group of young people attended with...

New Local Environment Plan a vital tool for region

1st Mar 2022

At the Armidale Regional Council meeting held on Wednesday February 23rd, council resolved unanimously to support the proposed Armidale Regional Local Environmental Plan (LEP). The new LEP combines the former Guyra Shire LEP and Armidale Dumaresq LEP...

Ice rink for Big Chill festival

1st Mar 2022

$147,500 for ice rink at Big Chill festival ‘The Big Chill Festival’ in Armidale will have a new family component in 2022, with a $147,500 State Government grant to help install a temporary public ice-skating rink at Curtis Park. Last y...

Guyra Show 2022 - Horticulture

1st Mar 2022

Champion Decorative Dahlia and Champion Dahlia Unit of the Show Mavis and Louise RidleyNovice Dahlia Anthony and Kerry BullChampion Gladioli of the Show Mrs Dot VickeryChampion Rose or Unit of the Show Guyra HospitalChampion Hydrangea or Unit of the ...

Big Picture CEO drops in for a visit

1st Mar 2022

Big Picture Education CEO, Viv White visited Guyra Central School last week where she spent her time working with the Big Picture students and advisors. Year 11 and Year 12 Big Picture student advisor Ms. Belson and her students worked with Ms. White...

$57,500 handed out at outreach event

1st Mar 2022

The outreach event held in Guyra last week was an overwhelming success, handing out 115 vouchers totalling $57,500 to participants. Organised jointly by the National Recovery and Resilience Agency and Rotary Australia, the event brought together all ...

Bald Blair Centenary celebrations cancelled

1st Mar 2022

Bald Blair Public School Centenary Celebrations are yet another event to be cancelled due to COVID. With ongoing visitor restrictions to schools, the committee have cancelled the Open Day Celebration which was to be held on 2 April, 2022. Original fe...

Guyra Show 2022 - Shearing results

1st Mar 2022

Another successful shearing event was held on both Friday and Saturday at the 2022 Guyra Show. There was a good roll up of shearers with 33 contesting events on Friday night and 36 participated on Saturday.Winners of the Quick Shear on Friday nightOp...

Guyra Show 2022 - Wood Chopping

1st Mar 2022

The weather was kind to us again this year for the wood chopping events at the 2022 Guyra Show. The event surpassed last year’s success with twenty one axemen travelling from as far as Queensland in the north and Murrurundi to the south, and fr...

Remarkable couple of years for Show

22nd Feb 2022

In his address at the official opening of the 2022 Guyra Show, President Richard Post reflected on what he called a couple of remarkable years for both the Show and the community.“Drought, bushfires and covid cannot stop this show, and not only...

$5.4m brings rail trail a step closer

22nd Feb 2022

The New England Rail Trail (NERT) was the big winner from $38 million in funding announced for local community projects in New England, under the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program. Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby...

Primary Quad Mural Project

22nd Feb 2022

Guyra Central School’s Primary Quad Learning area continues to be a focus with six beautiful murals set to adorn the walls during 2022. Murals are being created by our students under the guidance of Ms Kay Smith, Artist-in-Residence and Guyra C...

Community outreach

22nd Feb 2022

The National Recovery and Resilience Agency and Rotary Australia are bringing ‘one stop shops’ to rural and regional Australia to help affected by drought and other challenges. The events bring together all levels of government, charities...

2022 school leader

22nd Feb 2022

We are proud to announce that our Year 6 Student Leader for 2022 is Jamerikai Patterson. Jamerikai was presented with his badge at an in-school assembly and later in term we will hold our Leadership Assembly where his badge will be pinned by his pare...

Top agri-award for Guyra farmer

15th Feb 2022

Leadership, vision and humility were the standout qualities that resulted in Charlie Perry taking out the 2022 Australian Zanda McDonald Award last week. The Zanda McDonald Award supports talented and passionate young professionals in the ag sector f...

Memorial Avenue tree planting completed

15th Feb 2022

The Guyra Garden Club has completed the Tree Planting in the first stage of the Memorial Avenue. Funding was received from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Grants program. The planting of a memorial avenue as envisaged by a 1951 resoluti...

Malpas catchment group to design new 5 year plan

15th Feb 2022

A small number of participants, including staff from Armidale Regional Council, attended the Malpas Catchment Group (MCG) meeting in December. The objective of the evening was to engage Malpas Catchment Group members, seek initial ideas and input tow...

Horsemanship school a great success

15th Feb 2022

Over the weekend Guyra Polocrosse Club hosted a horsemanship school with visiting instructor Scott Keogh. Twenty riders attended the two day clinic, ranging in age from 6 to just under 60 (!). Experience varied from raw beginners, to state level polo...

2022 Golf Champions

15th Feb 2022

Men's Golf The 2022 club championships concluded at the weekend with Michael Purvis being crowned club champion 13 shots clear of Brock Reeves. B grade champion is Ian Taylor who was two shots clear of Steven Sole, and C grade went to Harry Purvis w...

New year, new faces

8th Feb 2022

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Next generation of learners begin

8th Feb 2022

The next generation of learners commenced their educational journey at Guyra Central School on Friday, 4th February 2022. All students had a positive start, engaging well with their peers and teachers. Mrs Sjaan Mitchell, Assistant Principal and Kind...

$27,954 for ‘biggest and best ever’ Show

8th Feb 2022

After 114 years there’s not many records left to break for Guyra Show Society but organisers are confident the 2022 event will be ‘the biggest and best’ ever. Their efforts have been boosted thanks to a $27,954 State Government gran...

$78,794 lighting upgrade for Guyra tennis club

8th Feb 2022

The Guyra Tennis Club they are about to power up, thanks to a $78,794 State Government grant to improve lighting on the courts and around the clubhouse. With most people only able to play tennis in the evening after work, Guyra Tennis Club’s li...

New Students, New Bike Track, New Paths, New Year!

8th Feb 2022

It is lovely to see our students back at school with such enthusiasm, and ready to face the new learning year. Welcome three new students: Tremane Patterson, Lucas Alexander and Arwyn Sampson.We also welcome two new transition students Cooper Turnham...

Pilot project to bolster the region’s aquatic centres

8th Feb 2022

The future is looking brighter for aquatic centres across the Armidale region thanks to an ambitious new project between Armidale Regional Council and the Y NSW. The two entities have entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a...

New memorial plaque unveiled by Lions Club

8th Feb 2022

The Lions Club of Guyra last week unveiled a plaque in honour of former member Harry Williams.All Lions members passing are remembered with a brass plaque mounted on one of the stones in the grounds of Lions Guyra Park.Lion Harry was a member of long...

Making farms safer, one click at a time

8th Feb 2022

A new ‘one-stop-shop’ website will make it easier to improve on-farm safety. The NSW Farmers Association has partnered with SafeWork NSW on the Farm Safety Advisory Program, which aims to reduce injuries in an essential industry. NSW Farm...

Something to celebrate

1st Feb 2022

Despite the cancellation of the iconic Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival for a second year, the event’s committee has still had something to celebrate in 2022, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall last week joining President Steve Mepham to o...

Council sets ambitious target

1st Feb 2022

A bold and ambitious aspirational target of 4000 new jobs by 2040 has been supported at the Council Meeting held in Armidale last week. Mayor Sam Coupland presented a Mayoral – Minute outlining his vision for the Armidale region and the plan to...

$3 million project to regenerate Ebor Falls from the ashes

1st Feb 2022

Two years after viewing platforms, pathways and pedestrian barriers at Ebor Falls were destroyed in devastating bushfires, the facilities which make Guy Fawkes River National Park one of the region’s most popular visitor destinations will retur...

Men’s Shed looking for new members

1st Feb 2022

The Guyra Men’s Shed is looking for new members. They are on the verge of moving into their new premises, making room for increased activities such as metalwork.The opening hours of the shed are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8.30am to 12.30...

Great support for fishing day

1st Feb 2022

Guyra Anglers Club’s Gone Fishing Day, held on Sunday, January 30th was a highly successful, entertaining, and engaging day with close to 200 attendees showing and growing their love of fishing. We thank everyone for coming and enjoying the day...

Dianne Burey named top Citizen

26th Jan 2022

Long-standing community volunteers have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day ceremony with Guyra’s Dianne Burey taking out Citizen of the Year award for 2022. Dianne is a stand-out member of the local community and has been recogn...

Australia Day Awards

26th Jan 2022

OTHER AWARD WINNERS Community Services Award: Gladys Wilson – Gladys is a wonderful supporter of the Guyra Community. She volunteers every day during the Lamb and Potato Festival, as well as in the weeks leading up to the event. Additionally G...

New shop offers healthy & sustainable products

26th Jan 2022

The most recent addition to the high street of Guyra is ‘Timber and Thyme’, a health food and sustainable living shop run by Julia Woods. Julia said that she has often spoken of opening a shop or running a stall, selling sustainable livin...

Vaccination rolls out for 5-11 year olds

26th Jan 2022

The roll out of COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 year old is underway in Guyra with around 50 vaccines already delivered by the Guyra Medical Centre. Practice Manager Indrani Jeyakumar said that the take up of the vaccines has been goo...

Learn how to arrange flowers

26th Jan 2022

The Guyra Show is just over three weeks away, and now is the time to start thinking about your entries. If gardening is your thing, a little help is at hand to ensure your blooms are presented at their best.A flower arrangement workshop will be held ...

Rural land values increase by 18.7 per cent

26th Jan 2022

The NSW Valuer General, Dr David Parker, has published land values for the Northern Tablelands region, and rural property in the Armidale Region (which includes Guyra) has increased by 18.7 per cent.The recovery in the local economy following a prolo...

Sam Coupland to lead council

18th Jan 2022

The new Mayor of Armidale Regional Council is Cr Sam Coupland who defeated former deputy Mayor Cr Debra O’Brien 8-3 following a show of hands last week. The deputy Mayor will be Todd Redwood who also defeated Cr O’Brien 8-3 The vote was t...

Australia Day activities

18th Jan 2022

Official Australia Day celebrations in Guyra this year will include an awards dinner and fireworks on January 25th, an Australia Day breakfast at Ben Lomond and a flag raising ceremony in Guyra on January 26th.Special guest at the Australia Day dinne...

CWA Art Exhibition this weekend

18th Jan 2022

The CWA Guyra Evening Branch will be holding its annual Art Exhibition this weekend at the GALA Centre. The Exhibition will be held in a more condensed format this year, running over the course of two days instead being held in conjunction with the a...

Learn to dance in a fun and creative environment

18th Jan 2022

With another difficult year in 2021 navigating through COVID lockdowns and restrictions our small dance studio in Guyra operated with reduced student numbers, but cannot continue in 2022 without an increase in enrolments. Australian Dance Enterprises...

Small Halls summer tour to stop in Guyra

18th Jan 2022

Festival of Small Halls has announced that Karen Lee Andrews and Juzzie Smith will feature on their upcoming Summer Tour 2022: New South Wales. For the first time Guyra will be among the towns being visited, with the tour coming to the Australian Poe...

Disappointed campers not happy with changes at Mother of Ducks

18th Jan 2022

George and Joyce Smith have been frequent visitors to Guyra over the years, choosing to camp alongside the Mother of Ducks Lagoon. The couple from Minnie Water like to find somewhere nice to stay when they are travelling and had enjoyed their previou...

Tech help for seniors launching at Libraries

18th Jan 2022

Senior residents will have the opportunity to learn all things digital as Armidale Regional Libraries partner with youngster.co to bring tech help to seniors. Tech help will launch in both Armidale and Guyra libraries from February, enabling seniors ...

Go fishing at Malpas

18th Jan 2022

Guyra Anglers Club Inc will hold a free Gone Fishing Day is on Sunday January 30th. The day is all about celebrating all that they love about fishing and what it gives to the local Guyra community. Along with support from OzFish Unlimited Northern Ta...

New Year, new beginnings

11th Jan 2022

After 49 years Geoff and Anne Thrift have taken a step back as owners of CT Electrics, opening the way for long-term employee Brad Lane and his wife Anne to take over the long established business. Geoff and Anne felt the time was right to hand over ...

Life membership for Fay Skinner

11th Jan 2022

The Guyra Branch of Can Assist recently presented long-serving member Fay Skinner with her Life Membership certificate. Unfortunately, executive officers from Sydney were unable to attend due to COVID restrictions. Branch member Helen Bearup stepped ...

Induction process begins for new council

11th Jan 2022

A mix of fresh faces and experience on the new Armidale Regional Council met this week for the first of a series of induction workshops. The eleven councillors who were successful following the December 4th poll were Margaret O’CONNOR (IND...

No Lamb & Potato Festival

11th Jan 2022

A week after declaring they were ‘back in business’ (Guyra Gazette Dec. 15th), the Guyra Lamb & Potato Festival committee were forced to make a difficult decision to cancel the festival for the second year in a row.As news of the rapi...

First COVID cases for Guyra

11th Jan 2022

The first COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, have been recorded in Guyra. The first case for the 2365 postcode area was notified by NSW Health on December 23rd.Since then a total of 32 cases have been officially recorded, 24 of which remain act...

Australia Day Ambassador

11th Jan 2022

A station leader in the remote Australian Antarctic Territory and former marketing guru will be the guest speaker and Australia Day Ambassador for Armidale Regional Council this year. Narelle Campbell will be special guest at the Guyra Australia Day ...

Plans for Show to be bigger and better this year

11th Jan 2022

The Guyra Show is on the 18th and 19th February 2022 and is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. While there is some uncertainity with the current escalation of COVID-19, as far as possible organisers say it will be a normal show.Most of the...

Graziers Focus on Chilean Needle Grass

11th Jan 2022

Friday 10th December saw 66 community attend the Guyra Bowling Club for a second workshop in a month focused on Chilean Needle Grass. The workshops have been instigated by a group of landholders in the Black Mountain area, led by local landholder Kri...

Grower’s passion for plants, people and the environment

11th Jan 2022

Kerrie Galley, Grower Manager at the Costa Tomato glasshouses in Guyra has a passion for plants, people and the environment.Growing up in country Victoria, Kerrie began working in produce as a 14-year-old – thinning carrots and picking potatoes...