News

Be calm and stay patient, we are in this together

25th Mar 2020

Guyra Pharmacist Vu Nguyen and his staff are seeing an increase in demand for some medications in response to the spread of the Coronavirus and want to reassure the community that they have sufficient stocks to see them through.“In this environ...

St Patrick’s day fun and games

25th Mar 2020

St Mary of the Angels celebrated St Patrick’s Day last Tuesday with a whole range of fun activities.  The students wore some fabulous green outfits and made a gold coin donation to Project Compassion, a charity that assists people living i...

Book and Collect from Library

25th Mar 2020

Armidale Regional Library has introduced a ‘book and collect’ service and expanded its home delivery service so members can access books and other resources during the COVID-19 shutdown. Members can now book resources by emailing or phon...

Pandemic strikes hard, forcing a new way of doing business

24th Mar 2020

Guyra businesses, community and sporting groups are facing a growing challenge in the face of the spread of coronavirus. Already reeling from the shutdown of sporting fixtures last week, this week sees further restrictions that will have far-reaching...

Council closes facilities and offices

18th Mar 2020

 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 ...

MP urges community to keep it real

18th Mar 2020

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today moved to reassure the community that every measure is in place at the region's hospitals to deal with an outbreak of Coronavirus, should it occur. Mr Marshall said that so far there had been NO conf...

Grand plans for grand old theatre

17th Mar 2020

A budding entrepreneur with a penchant for poetry has unveiled grand plans to turn Guyra’s Arcadia Theatre into a home for Australian poets. James Arthur Warren was on his way back from the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Competition in Or...

CWA test skills at group level

17th Mar 2020

The region’s best cooks and crafters were put to the test on March 10th as part of the CWA Northern Tablelands Group ‘The Land’ Cookery and Handicraft contest.Cooking entries lined the tables at the Guyra Anglican Hall for judging, ...

Hope Family Fun Day cancelled

17th Mar 2020

Unfortunately, due to public health concerns relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Hope Family Fun Day and Auction, scheduled to take place this Saturday 21st March, has been postponed until further notice. Please note that the Guyra United Soccer ...

How to protect your health

17th Mar 2020

There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Guyra, and staff at the Guyra Medical Centre are hoping to keep it that way. They have plans in place to protect patients and staff during the current crisis, while also supporting the h...

Future bright for Class of 2019

11th Mar 2020

Guyra Central School students excelled with three students being placed on the NSW HSC Distinguished Achievers List in 2019. Madison Morgan made the list for Agriculture, while Savannah Roberts and Gemma Williams excelled in the Primary Industries Ex...

Glitz and Glamour on the dance floor

10th Mar 2020

Seniors from across the region descended on Guyra on Monday for a day of dining, dance and enjoyment. It was an opportunity to dress up with a bit of glitz and glamour, greet old friends and make new ones. 170 people attended this year’s event ...

Lions mystery outing a hit with seniors

10th Mar 2020

The Lions Club of Guyra had their annual Senior Citizens mystery outing on Sunday, March 8th. Forty seniors, Lions members, their wives, and partners travelled to Tingha stopping first at the Wing Hing Long Museum. They enjoyed morning tea with scone...

Armidale Probus come up the hill

10th Mar 2020

Members of the Armidale Probus Club visited Guyra last week, enjoying a visit to the Guyra Museum, and seeing some of the other sights in the area. Many of the members have close connections through family and friends and enjoyed seeing familiar item...

ADRA expanding to better serve community

4th Mar 2020

The ADRA Op Shop in Guyra is preparing to launch a bigger better service for the community. The recent completion of a large shed will see the service branch out offering more room and a larger range of goods.ADRA Manager Helen Turnham said that the ...

Rail Trail back on the agenda

4th Mar 2020

The New England Rail Trail was last week buoyed by support from Armidale Regional Council who resolved to support the declassification of the rail corridor allowing for the construction of a rail trail and allocated a maximum of $25,000 to further de...

Amazing artworks on show

4th Mar 2020

Leading up to the Guyra Show, the students at St Mary of the Angels were busily creating some amazing artworks and interesting exhibits. The school entered a number of drawings and paintings that the students produced for the Show and received some v...

Show season starts with success at Glen Innes

4th Mar 2020

On Friday 14th February 2020, senior Agriculture students from Guyra Central School attended the Glen Innes Show with Mr Miller and Mrs Sandy Morgan. It was a busy couple of days with students not only competing in a range of junior judging activitie...

Turmoil in the ranks - moves to sack CEO

3rd Mar 2020

Deep divisions within Armidale Regional Council have once again been highlighted, with seven councillors last week calling for an extraordinary meeting asking for the termination of CEO Susan Law’s contract of employment. The motive behind the ...

Show marks new beginning

25th Feb 2020

The 112th Guyra Show will long be remembered as a celebration that marked the end of one of the district’s worst on record. In his address at the official opening President Richard Post described 2019 as horrendous and urged the community to ma...

Country life suits new Anglican Minister

25th Feb 2020

If rain is considered a good omen, then Reverend Tim Stevens is off to a good start as the new minister in charge of St James Anglican Church in Guyra. Tim and his family have relocated to Guyra from Mungindi where they spent three years ministering ...

Region plays critical role during bushfires

25th Feb 2020

The Armidale region supplied three and half million litres of water for aerial fire fighting efforts through north eastern NSW during the recent bushfire emergency. Over 1150 fixed-wing firefighting sorties and hundreds of helicopter flights were sup...

Malpas Dam hits 50 percent

25th Feb 2020

Just like watching a cricketer reaching a half century, community spirits are high as residents watch Malpas Dam reach 50 percent. Storage levels in Guyra, Malpas and Puddledock dams have steadily increased with recent rainfall, however, Level 5 rest...

Showgirls inspire and learn

18th Feb 2020

The 2020 Guyra Showgirl April Heagney is upholding a family tradition. Her mother Naree was Showgirl in 1991 and her father’s cousin was the very first Guyra Showgirl. However, for April it was more than upholding a tradition, it was a journey ...

High speed chase ends in Guyra

18th Feb 2020

A man has been charged following several pursuits from the Queensland Border to Guyra. About 5pm Sunday February 16th, officers from New England Highway Patrol noticed a suspected stolen Holden Vectra on the New England Highway, north of Deepwater.Po...

Funding boost for Ben Lomond and Guyra projects

18th Feb 2020

Projects in Ben Lomond and Guyra are among the latest to be funded under Round 5 of the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Programme (SCP). Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall Land Management will receive $7,500 to paint and restore the floo...

St Marys swimming carnival

18th Feb 2020

Last Friday St Mary of the Angels held their annual School Swimming Carnival. Our students had a great day, swimming competitively, cheering on their fellow students and enjoying the company of our wider school community. Thanks to all of our helpers...

‘Glimpses of New England’

12th Feb 2020

A solo exhibition of vintage photographic prints by photographer John Fields is now open at the New England Regional Art Museum. John was a master photographer and printer who explored the New England, capturing in classic black and white, its people...

Show stopper planned for 2020

12th Feb 2020

Preparations for the 2020 Guyra Show are well in hand and organisers believe that recent rain has not only lifted spirits in the community, but has also lifted the prospects for a great event.The Show is on Friday and Saturday February 21st and 22nd ...

Fundraiser planned for Hope family

12th Feb 2020

In July 2018 Samuel Hope was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. At the age of two and a half Sam and his family travelled from Guyra to Newcastle where he began treatment at John Hunter Hospital. Sam spent months in Newcastle undergoing ch...

ATMs smashed, but thief left empty handed

12th Feb 2020

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after two ATMs in Guyra’s main street were vandalised in an attempted theft on Thursday morning.The incident occurred at 4.20 am on Thursday, February 6, when a male smashed the front screen of...

Turning waste into business opportunity

12th Feb 2020

Times are tough in the bush, but opportunities are still available for people who are prepared to innovate. A common problem for graziers is the fallout from sheep under shearing sheds, which builds up and is often difficult to clear away.Having visi...

Glitzy gathering coming up Seniors

12th Feb 2020

There will be added glitz and glamour in Guyra when the biennial Seniors Extravaganza is held on Monday, March 9th. Council secured a $2,000 State Government grant for the event which promises to be a fun-filled day of entertainment and activities, e...

Water strategy a key step to higher dam capacity

12th Feb 2020

Measures to increase Malpas Dam’s storage capacity and boost water security for the Armidale region have moved another step closer, with Council launching a long-term assessment of the Armidale region’s water infrastructure, supply needs ...

Appeal for cohesion to achieve Council goals

5th Feb 2020

Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray has stated his commitment to remain in the role, saying the need for cohesion and consistency to maintain Council’s positive work outweighed a vote of no confidence at an extraordinary meeting last w...

Councillors concerns over Mayor’s leadership

5th Feb 2020

Seven Councillors who called on ARC Mayor Simon Murray to resign said that they asked for a vote of no confidence after exhausting every other avenue. Speaking on behalf of the group at an extraordinary meeting held on Friday morning, Cr Margaret O&r...

Jean Vickery named as Coffs Harbour Citizen of the Year

5th Feb 2020

Former local Jean Vickery was last week named as the Coffs Harbour Citizen of the Year. At 83 years of age, Jean shows no sign of slowing down. Before leaving Guyra she volunteered with Meals on Wheels, HACC, Can Assist, and the Westpac Rescue Helico...

Life Lessons learned in Guyra by Warrnambool Citizen of the Year

5th Feb 2020

James Mepham was named as Citizen of the Year in Warrnambool for his volunteer involvement in RSL Active, a program that helps young defence force veterans after they have returned to civilian life. James was involved in the inaugural Great South Coa...

Pamper night works wonders

5th Feb 2020

During the last twelve months, rural women in the district have shouldered the burden of the drought alongside their partners, leaving little time for the finer things in life. A pamper night organised in conjunction with the CWA Evening Branch was a...

The Class of 2020

4th Feb 2020

The 2020 school is underway and schools around the district have welcomed a new kindergarten class. These students who begin their education this year will graduate Year 12 in 2032....

STATEMENT FROM ADAM MARSHALL ON COUNCIL

30th Jan 2020

Whatever the outcome of tomorrow’s extraordinary meeting of Armidale Regional Council, one thing is for certain – our Councillors need to put their differences aside, pull together and work as a united team for the betterment of our regio...

Dams full but water restrictions will remain until drought breaks

28th Jan 2020

Recent storm rains have finally found their way into Guyra’s water supply dams, which are now at 100%. Water has also started flowing into the much larger Malpas Dam, boosting the level to 35.5%.Despite the good inflows Armidale Regional Counci...

AUSTRALIA DAY AWARD FOR DOROTHY VICKERY OAM

28th Jan 2020

Former Guyra Shire Councillor Dorothy (Dot) Vickery, has been named in the Australia Day Honours. Dot was nominated for service to local government, and to the community of Guyra. She receives the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) which is awarde...

Hay delivery another reason to smile

28th Jan 2020

Long overdue rain and a generous fodder delivery has brought a smile to the faces of landholders at Guyra and Wollomombi last week. The delivery was made possible through Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) Ltd which provides project ser...

GIVIT ready to help out

28th Jan 2020

When school returns the eighteen students at Ebor Public School will be rocking up to class with a new backpack, new shoes and hopefully a big smile thanks to the generosity of the public and State Government partner organisation GIVIT.Member for Nor...

Final thank you to Frank Presnell

28th Jan 2020

For 33 years Frank Presnell was front and centre when it came to organising the Lamb and Potato Festival. Frank passed away last year, but his influence will live long in the history of the festival, and as a final gesture recognising his role, a new...

Life membership for Bertha and Geoff Reeves

28th Jan 2020

The Lamb and Potato Festival has finished and secretary Julie Gittoes has paid tribute to the volunteers who ensured the success of the event.“Thank you on behalf of the committee to each and every organisation for their help at the festival,&r...

Sue Adams named Guyra’s Citizen of the Year

26th Jan 2020

Sue Adams is the Guyra 2020 Australia Day Citizen of the Year, recognising her ongoing commitment to a number of community groups and for her efforts to encourage Guyra district residents to be active. The award was announced at the Guyra Australia D...

Who will be our Citizen of the Year?

22nd Jan 2020

Nominations for Australia Day Awards in Guyra have unearthed four quality candidates for this year’s top honour. Chris Sole, Dianne Burey, Sue Adams and Julie Stride have been nominated for their service to the community over many years. The wi...

Train passes the test

22nd Jan 2020

So far at this Lamb and Potato Festival, more than 800 passengers have enjoyed the ride on the Guyra Heritage Train. The train rides, which have been a popular attraction for many years, almost didn’t happen.The licence to run the train, which ...

Australia All Over in Guyra for Australia Day broadcast

21st Jan 2020

If you are a fan of ABC Radio’s Sunday-morning Australia All Over program or if you simply love a good yarn, this Sunday you will get the chance to catch up with Ian ‘Macca’ McNamara in person. Each year the popular presenter does a...

Totems unveiled at Kolora

21st Jan 2020

Aboriginal totem poles now welcome visitors at the entrance to McLean Care Kolora. The totem poles, which were unveiled last week, are a thank you gesture from local artist Brian Irving.Brian has lived in Guyra since he was four and the ‘Welcom...

Art Exhibition branches out

21st Jan 2020

A fresh new approach has reinvigorated the Art Exhibition running in conjunction with the Lamb and Potato Festival. Previously the exhibition had run during the festival with collaborative works by local artists Kay Smith and Brian Irving. With Kay a...

Guyra Dam at 31 percent capacity following recent rain

21st Jan 2020

Recent rainfall across the Armidale region is welcome news for farmers and rural land owners but has had minimal impact on Malpas Dam. Storage levels in the much smaller Guyra Dam has seen its capacity increase to 31 percent or six weeks of supply an...

Lamb and Potato Festival gets underway

15th Jan 2020

Last-minute preparations for the 34th annual Lamb and Potato Festival were well underway on Tuesday for the event which will run from January 15th to 27th. While conditions have not been ideal, the small committee has plenty of experience in pulling ...

Music in the street on Saturday

15th Jan 2020

The Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival will be running for its 34th year from Wednesday January 15th until Monday, January 27th. While the main focus of events will continue to be on the New England Highway, a special event is being planned to draw some ...

Grant funds help raise the roof

15th Jan 2020

The ongoing restoration of the roof on Guyra’s Anglican Church has been given an $11,300 boost, thanks to a grant from an unusual source. Church Warden John Davidson said that they were invited to apply for a grant amounting to 50% of the cost ...

Guyra finally makes the switch to NBN

14th Jan 2020

Residents in the town areas of Guyra are now able to access the National Broadband Network (nbn) for the first time. The final phase of the rollout in the area is now live, and residents are being encouraged to make the move by contacting their prefe...

THE Seed SCHEME to launch in Guyra

14th Jan 2020

Women in Guyra are invited to apply for THE Seed Scheme - an innovative program to support rural women start an enterprise, launch a big idea or get a business up and running. Applications are now open and close on February 14th, 2020.THE Seed Scheme...

RFS volunteers urged to register interest for assistance

8th Jan 2020

Volunteer firefighters are reminded to register their interest in the Volunteer Firefighters’ Financial Support Program, which is helping to cover lost income during this prolonged bushfire season. The Federal Coalition Government is provi...

Crews from across the State head to south-east NSW to help get the power back on

8th Jan 2020

The devastating bushfires across south-east NSW have caused extensive damage to the Essential Energy electricity network, with the destruction of hundreds of power poles and associated electrical infrastructure. Parts of the network have been comple...

$7,700 to ensure Guyra Show goes ahead

8th Jan 2020

DESPITE terrible drought conditions continuing to grip the Guyra area this year’s annual Show will still go off with a bang with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $7,700 State Government grant to provide entertainment at t...

Leading sports presenter is Australia Day Ambassador

8th Jan 2020

High-profile journalist, author and football fan Liz Deep-Jones is the Armidale region’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2020. A former presenter of SBS Television’s nightly sports news program, Ms Deep-Jones will be guest speaker at the Gu...

Water update information sessions next week in Guyra

8th Jan 2020

Community information sessions on the current water restrictions will be held at the Guyra Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 14th and Armidale’s Jacaranda Room on Tuesday, January 21st, both at 6.30pm. Each session will provide background an...

Westpac Helicopter lands in Guyra on New Year's Day

1st Jan 2020

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Guyra on New Year's Day and transported a 37-year-old male with head injuries to John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition. The man was involved in a motorcycle accident and suffered head ...