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Guyra’s Blue Tree

7th Jul 2020

You may have noticed a blue tree that appeared on the southern side of Guyra in November 2019. The story behind the tree begins when Gary and Lynne Heagney took a ride on their motorcycle to Margaret River in Western Australia. While riding around ov...

Grandstand under construction

7th Jul 2020

Work has begun to construct a new spectator grandstand at the Guyra Lions Park Sporting Complex.Guyra Junior Rugby League was successful in obtaining a $120,000 State Government grant for the all-weather grandstand with seating for up to 300 peo...

Spotlight of Local Business - CT Electric

7th Jul 2020

How long have you been in business? 44 years – we first opened in Nincoola St in Partnership with Ralph Constable and then moved to current premises after twelve months.How many staff do you employ? We started out with just Geoff and Ralph. Cur...

Film nights set to return

7th Jul 2020

The Australian Poetry Hall of Fame will host the launch of the new Guyra Film Society this Thursday July 9th starting at 6pm. Last week the Australian Poetry Hall of Fame in the Arcadian Theatre installed a screen and projector so that after 51 years...

Ebor hatchery busy breeding trout

7th Jul 2020

The Dutton Trout Hatchery near Ebor is poised to play a major role in the State’s trout re-stocking program as drought conditions ease across NSW. The facility produces more than 1.6 million trout each year – around 1.3 million rainbow an...

Rainbow Room here to stay

30th Jun 2020

After testing the waters with a shopfront selling a range of whimsical apparel for kids, Jypsi Hooper and partner Luke were encouraged by the response and are now planning on what they hope will be a long term retail venture in Guyra. Since throwing ...

A just reward for a helping hand

30th Jun 2020

Guyra Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) has been given a boost with Kirks IGA handing over a $500 donation to the group as thanks for their support over recent months.In the midst of the COVID 19 crisis, the VRA stepped in to support staff who were ...

Crafty ladies give back to community

30th Jun 2020

A group of Guyra knitters and crocheters are justifiably proud of themselves. As well as crafting gifts for family and friends, they have raised over $700 so far in 2020 for Guyra’s Neighbourhood Centre, The Hub. The original idea behind the gr...

Police warn there are no excuses for drink driving

30th Jun 2020

Senior Police are disgusted by the number of drivers charged with drink driving offences across the New England Police District. In the month of June twenty-one drivers have been charged with drink driving offences – 4 x Special Range, 4 x Low ...

The community deserves better

23rd Jun 2020

The administrator appointed to oversee the running of Armidale Regional Council has outlined how he plans to proceed while the council is suspended. Viv May has already commenced meeting with suspended councillors and wants to hear from as many peopl...

Release of report fails to stem protests

23rd Jun 2020

Armidale Regional Council (ARC)l have released the Hydrogeologist report which they relied on to develop the Guyra groundwater resource. General Manager Businesses for ARC, Scot MacDonald said that he is pleased to release the report, ‘Hydrogeo...

Much loved Principal retires

23rd Jun 2020

Long time Principal of Bald Blair Public School, Mrs Julie Gittoes, formally retired on May 5th. Julie has enjoyed a long and successful career with the Department of Education and was the Principal at Bald Blair Public School for more than 20 years....

Draft Budget and Operational Plan on exhibition

23rd Jun 2020

Armidale Regional Council’s Draft 2020/21 Budget and Operational Plan is now on public exhibition. The plan includes funding for a new Preschool in Guyra as well as the completion of the CBD upgrade. It will also see new charges for Guyra resid...

Farmers filthy about rubbish charges

23rd Jun 2020

Chair of the Guyra Branch of NSW Farmers Callan Schaefer has raised concerns that Guyra ratepayers are being slammed with a 157% increase in their rates notice to pay for the Regional Landfill. It follows the release of the 2020/21 Draft Operational ...

Regeneration a boost to precious habitat

23rd Jun 2020

One of the few remaining high-altitude freshwater lagoons on the Northern Tablelands is benefitting from an ongoing restoration project. Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve is a Ramsar wetland site of international importance. It is located 20kms north...

Is our Lagoon at risk?

16th Jun 2020

A concerned group of Guyra residents fear that the town is propping up the Costa Group expansion and that the long term future of the community, local agriculture, and international water birds is at risk.Ongoing drought conditions mean that both Guy...

Water sustainability number one for Costa Group

16th Jun 2020

Michael Engeman, General Manager, Costa Tomatoes has responded to concerns raised by residents over water security and said that the drought has reinforced the importance for Costa to become even more efficient in their water use.The $67 million expa...

$66,270 grant secured for Showground

16th Jun 2020

Repairs to its grandstands, an upgraded main arena fence and fresh coat of paint will ensure Guyra Showground wins a blue ribbon for presentation come the 2021 Guyra Show. Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has announced a $66,270 State Government ...

Sam White to head Angus Australia

16th Jun 2020

Guyra beef producer Sam White has been declared the 46th President of Angus Australia, following a meeting of the Board of Directors held via teleconference on May 28th.Sam owns and runs family-based farming business, Bald Blair Angus, with his wife ...

Council suspended and administrator appointed

12th Jun 2020

The NSW Government today suspended Armidale Regional Council and appointed an administrator for three months. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock made the decision to suspend the council after carefully considering its submission in ...

Markets and more happening

9th Jun 2020

Things are moving along at the Australian Poetry Hall of Fame with a program of events, including weekly markets, now underway. The first market for local produce and crafts took place on the weekend, and was well supported bringing increased foot tr...

Funding boost for hydrotherapy pool complex

9th Jun 2020

Armidale Regional Council will receive a $2.316 million funding boost from the Federal Government to help construct a new hydrotherapy pool and regional health complex, Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, announced today.This grant will su...

Councillor Gray calls its quits

9th Jun 2020

Cr Diane Gray last week tendered her resignation from Armidale Regional Council, and has taken aim at fellow councillors. Her resignation followed an extraordinary meeting of council which welcomed the appointment of an administrator, but fell short ...

‘In this together’ planting trees at Little Llangothlin

9th Jun 2020

In keeping with the National Reconciliation Week 2020 theme “In This Together”, GLENRAC and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services staff were privileged to work on country with Banbai rangers and elders at Little Llangothlin Na...

‘Why you need Indoor plants in your life’

9th Jun 2020

If you’re not the type to head out into the garden at this time of year, why not bring the outdoors in and create a plant paradise in your home. I have a room at home called ‘The Green House’ and it is filled to the brim with indoor...

OAM for Aileen MacDonald

8th Jun 2020

Guyra’s Aileen MacDonald was among 933 Australians named on the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List, which was announced by the Governor-General last night. She receives the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), for service to the Guyra c...

Guyra Police investigating thefts

5th Jun 2020

Guyra Police are investigating a number of thefts that have recently occurred in town. Between the 28th of May, and the 4th June, the Guyra Tennis Club Clubhouse in Dutton Parade was broken into, but nothing stolen. On Sunday the 30th May, be...

House damaged by fire in South Guyra

5th Jun 2020

Fire and Rescue NSW have issued a warning to make cold weather preparations after a house in Falconer St, South Guyra was damaged by fire on Wednesday. The Guyra Fire Brigade responded to a call that came in at 9.14 pm on the evening of Wednesday, Ju...

First snow day of the year

2nd Jun 2020

Winter officially kicked off in Australia on Monday, with snow falling over the alps in NSW and Victoria. As the cold air spread further north, temperatures got low enough for snow to start falling on high ground in the Central Tablelands of NSW from...

Administration now a certainty

2nd Jun 2020

An administrator looks certain to be appointed for Armidale Regional Council after councillors voted not to fight a notice of motion to suspend from Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock.At an extraordinary meeting of the council on Monday, counc...

Top performance from our Post Office

2nd Jun 2020

Business is booming at the Guyra Post Office despite the Coronavirus lockdown, and the doors have remained open while other businesses and services were closed. Their commitment to the community is nothing new and has been recognised with an Australi...

Library reopens its doors

2nd Jun 2020

Armidale Regional Council is progressively easing COVID-19 restrictions on a range of services in-line with public health orders and guidance from the NSW Government.The Guyra and Armidale libraries were reopened on Monday June 1, along with the Armi...

“Be creative with your space”

2nd Jun 2020

With Winter now upon us, most of the Autumn leaves in our gardens are spent. They are ready to be raked up and popped onto garden beds or into the compost heap with the other bits amassed from pruning and preparing your garden for Winter hibernation....

Sewing up new jobs

2nd Jun 2020

During the coronavirus lockdown, local curtain maker Robin Godlonton went from employing two staff to none after orders dried up almost overnight. However, she has kept herself busy with new challenges that have included making personal protective eq...

Wild dog baiting program takes off

2nd Jun 2020

The largest aerial wild dog baiting program anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere is underway over the skies of northern NSW. Wild dogs pose one of the biggest threats to the region’s farmers and to combat this, more than 200,000 baits would be d...

The doors are open again!

2nd Jun 2020

The Minister of St. Columba’s Presbyterian Church, Guyra, Rev. Andrew Campbell, is pleased to announce, with the Coronavirus restrictions easing, that services will resume, as normal at the church. ‘Sure, we’ll have to socially...

Getting back to normal for pubs and club

26th May 2020

The transition back to a more normal way of life will take a further step next week with the reopening of pubs and clubs from Monday, June 1. For Guyra this means that the doors will reopen at three local establishments who were forced to close their...

Two new energy projects for district

26th May 2020

A proposal to build a 5MW solar farm near Guyra is currently being assessed by the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) and a new wind farm in the Ben Lomond area is in the early stages of development.Providence Asset Group (Providence) is seeking de...

Community survey for playground equipment

26th May 2020

A survey launched this week is asking community members in the Armidale region to indicate their preferences for additional play equipment at the new Curtis Park Playground.Concept designs for the playground have gone on display in Council’s Yo...

Arrests over Guyra break and enter

26th May 2020

Police have charged three people for an alleged break and enter in Guyra last week. About 9.40am on Sunday May 17th, two men and a woman allegedly forced entry into a business on Bradley Street, Guyra. The trio left empty-handed after the alarm was a...

College Connections

26th May 2020

Do you need help to get work ready?New England Community College(NECC) has been supporting our community with their learning needs for over 38 years. NECC is ready to help you stay connected during these challenging times. We are back up and running ...

$400,000 expansion of ‘The Hub’ poised to start

19th May 2020

Work is set to start on the expansion of Guyra’s Neighbourhood Centre, The Hub, with Armidale-based modular builder Uniplan commissioned to deliver Stage 1 of the project.It has been a long wait for the centre with a $400,000 State Government g...

Minister intervenes in council dispute

19th May 2020

On Tuesday, the Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock issued Armidale Regional Council with a notice of intention to suspend it for three months and appoint an interim administrator.It follows serious concerns about the council’s abilit...

Diners welcomed back in store as restrictions ease

19th May 2020

Life is slowly returning to normal as COVID-19 restrictions are being wound back. On Friday, May 15th, Cafés and Restaurants were allowed to have up to 10 customers seated in store for the first time since restrictions were imposed in March.Du...

Mayor welcomes additional assistance

19th May 2020

Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said that he welcomes all constructive input to maintain the effective operations of the organisation and its good governance. Councillor Murray acknowledged actions last week by the NSW Member for Norther...

Rail trail decision unchanged

19th May 2020

A rescission motion has failed to gain adequate support to overturn a motion in support of the establishment of the New England Rail Trail. In February. Armidale Regional Council voted in favour of allocating $25,000 towards a business plan for the r...

Waste turned into art

19th May 2020

At this time of year schools are normally involved in the Waste to Art competition.  Of course, this is just one of the events that has been cancelled due to COVID-19 but Kindergarten at St Mary of the Angels have gone ahead and created artworks...

Community webinars on groundwater network

19th May 2020

Two public webinars are being held to give community members the latest information about the Ground Water Supply Network being developed in the Guyra district.A midday session will be held on Thursday, May 21st, followed by an evening session on Mon...

New early learning centre for Guyra

12th May 2020

Early childhood learning services in the Guyra district will be boosted by a new facility announced by Council and the Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, on TuesdayMr Joyce joined Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray and other Cou...

Whimsical and colourful store opens

12th May 2020

If you are looking for a little colour in your life, look no further than Little Loki & Me, which opened its doors in Guyra on Monday. Already operating the business online, Jypsi Hooper was delighted to find a suitable space in her home town to ...

Kids get back to school as restrictions ease

12th May 2020

Face to face learning at Guyra Central School has recommenced this week following what Principal Michelle Nicholson said has been easily the most challenging period of her career. The school made the move to online learning at the end of term 1, as r...

Restoration grant for historic Church

12th May 2020

The 118-year-old Black Mountain Church will ‘rise again’ to its former glory, thanks to a $53,028 grant from the State Government to refurbish the building and strengthen its walls. The historic building has considerable religious signifi...

CEO showdown in court as Minister called in

12th May 2020

A planned meeting of Armidale Regional Council on Monday did not go ahead after a temporary injunction put a stop to the vote which would have seen the CEO’s contract terminated. The temporary injunction was issued by the Land and Environment C...

Have your say

12th May 2020

Four years on - was it worth it? Guyra residents have now had 4 years living with the blatantly unsuccessful forced merger with Armidale. Without change, the future is looking even worse for residents of both Armidale and Guyra. All of the merger &l...

Get out your Green Thumbs!

12th May 2020

Over the past few weeks Kitchen Gardening, or Vegie Patches as we often refer to them, have gone to a whole new level. The beginning of the pandemic saw a flurry of seeds and seedling purchases, panic set in and people decided to grow their own food ...

COVID-19 Boost for NECC

5th May 2020

A $35,737 State Government grant for New England Community College (NECC) will provide a much-needed boost as they prepare for the return of face to face classes that have been on hold since COVID-19 restrictions were imposed.Face-to-face has long be...

Sales hot as auctions go online

5th May 2020

Guyra District properties are continuing to sell, with strong enquiries and auction clearances despite restrictions that have been imposed due to COVID-19. The move to online auctions was forced upon agents due to social distancing, and while it may ...

CEO stoush on again

5th May 2020

Armidale Regional Council CEO Susan Law is facing a new showdown, with councillors once again calling for her resignation. ARC Mayor Simon Murray has confirmed that he has received a new request for an extraordinary meeting with the view to terminati...

Tiny toilets unveiled at rec ground

5th May 2020

There has been no sporting action at the Guyra Recreation Ground since March, due to restrictions imposed to control the spread of COVID-19. Usually at his time of year, Guyra United Soccer would be preparing to commence the winter sport season. The ...

Candles at dawn honour ANZACs

28th Apr 2020

A new ANZAC tradition may have been born, as individuals stepped up to ensure the ANZAC spirit was not forgotten despite the cancellation of organised services to mark the day. With formalised commemorations taken off the table due to the COVID-19, d...

ANZAC services with a difference

28th Apr 2020

While there was no large gathering of citizens this year to mark ANZAC Day, some services went ahead in a modified format. At the MPS residents marked the occasion early with a service and wreath-laying on Friday.Diversional Therapist Nichole Rosten ...

Crime victim thanks local heroes

28th Apr 2020

In the early hours of Sunday morning Guyra resident, Nicole Corry became a victim of crime when her house was broken into. Thieves entered her home and stole two handbags and a wallet belonging to her partner Phill.It was an unnerving experience for ...

Rail trail motion deferred again

28th Apr 2020

On April 22, Armidale Regional Council deferred a decision to rescind a resolution of support for the New England Rail Trail which was passed at their February meeting. The deferral comes after a decision by Glen Innes Severn Council last month to su...

Drive-through COVID-19 testing

28th Apr 2020

A new drive-through COVID-19 testing service is now operating at Armidale Hospital, as health authorities increase the level of local testing. Armidale had been identified for its low testing rates and a specialised COVID-19 clinic is now operating.M...

Learning continues at Black Mountain

28th Apr 2020

Even in these uncertain times, the learning continues at Black Mountain Public School. Our staff have been participating in Professional Development over the past two days and enjoying the trials and tribulations of online learning. Students will be ...

Drought Aid campaign wraps up

28th Apr 2020

A drought relief appeal that brought aid and raised the hopes of residents during the drought has come to an end. Jaclyn Bold created the program to assist farmers impacted by drought in the area from Uralla to Glen Innes. She formed a partnership wi...

Autumn glory in the garden

28th Apr 2020

This year after the extreme conditions of Summer and the prolonged drought I wondered how Autumn would show up or indeed if it would show up at all?Would the leaves fall before they turned, would we have any trees left, after all things had been dire...

New cafe open for business

21st Apr 2020

Opening a new business the week before restrictions were placed on social gatherings due to coronavirus, may not have been the best timing. While it has been a minor setback for Chris Gellie and her son Jack at the newly opened Woolly Lamb Café...

Council takes action on feral cats

21st Apr 2020

A significant rise in the population of feral cats and a spike of complaints in the Guyra district has prompted Armidale Regional Council to take action. It will implement a feral and stray cat trapping program over the coming months aimed at control...

Monitoring bores being installed

21st Apr 2020

Monitoring bores are being installed in Guyra’s Yarrawonda Street, as part of a ground water supply system being developed as a back-up to the region’s town water supply.The bores being constructed this week will monitor the water table a...

A different day dawns for ANZACs

21st Apr 2020

Dear Guyra Community,As a Vice-President and a Trustee of the Guyra sub-Branch of the RSL I want to let you know that while we are unable to hold the usual ANZAC Day commemorations this year, this does not mean that we are not able to help you if you...

Bin audit to assess contanimation

15th Apr 2020

An audit of Guyra residential bins will be conducted soon to determine levels of cross contamination between organic and landfill waste bins.The start of July will be the first anniversary of the extension of Council’s City to Soil Organics was...

Poetry in motion, despite isolation

14th Apr 2020

“There will be art on the walls, decorated halls, galas and balls and many curtain calls.”That is the promise of James Arthur Warren (aka Thundercloud Repairian), who is moving forward with plans to create the Australian Poetry Hall of Fa...

No public services for ANZAC Day

14th Apr 2020

Following discussions with the NSW Government, RSL NSW has made the decision to cancel all public ANZAC Day commemoration services across the state. This means that in Guyra and surrounding villages there will be no dawn services, MPS services, march...

Calls to care for Mother of Ducks

14th Apr 2020

Guyra’s Mother of Ducks Lagoon is a rare and highly significant ecological feature of our landscape which provides protection to threatened and critically endangered species and ecological communities. It is considered to be one the most import...

Learning to learn online

9th Apr 2020

Staff and students at St Mary of the Angels have adapted extremely well as they have moved toward a new style of learning. Principal Sharon Wittig said that a school day at home looks very different to a normal day at school. “Our students have...

Lamb & Potato Festival scores $130,000 for new space

9th Apr 2020

The Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival committee are celebrating news that they have received a $130,000 State Government grant to help construct a permanent undercover performance and dining area in Rotary Park.The new shed will provide a permanent and ...

Growing tomatoes is an essential service

9th Apr 2020

As one of Australia’s leading suppliers of fresh vine-ripened tomatoes, Costa Tomatoes wants to reassure consumers that it remains open, producing and supplying fresh tomatoes to the local community and beyond.Costa’s Tomato Category is o...

MPS has plans in place for pandemic

9th Apr 2020

Health professionals in the HNEH area, which includes the Guyra MPS, have plans in place if the current COVID-19 crisis escalates. HNEH Executive Director, Rural and Regional Health Services, Susan Heyman said that local health professionals have bee...

Flight lifeline needed after Qantas halts service

9th Apr 2020

Armidale Regional Council is calling for State and Federal Government backing to maintain a passenger air service to the Armidale region, following news Qantas Airlines will suspend its flights to the area from April 10th until May 31st.The decision ...

A potted history of the Mother of Ducks Lagoon

9th Apr 2020

Pre 1830s Tribal groups Anaiwan and Banbai travel through the region, camping beside the wetland and hunting.1830 Europeans first settle in the New England region.1850s – 1860s Mother of Ducks Lagoon and its perimeter was used for cattle grazin...

Free TAFE courses on during pandemic

9th Apr 2020

TAFE NSW will provide a suite of 21 fee-free online short courses to assist people across the region who wanted to upskill during the COVID-19 pandemic. The courses will allow people to pursue a new area of study or expand their existing skill sets d...

Letters to the Editor

9th Apr 2020

Trains not lost I suspect residents of Guyra are, like me, heartily sick of the futile debate about the rail trail versus the train, but I feel obliged to answer the question posed by Mr. Evans regarding the name of the town we have visited on a num...

Man charged with multiple offences after pursuit in Guyra

3rd Apr 2020

A man will appear at court today following a police pursuit in Guyra yesterday. About 5.25pm yesterday (2 April 2020), officers attached to New England Police District were patrolling the Guyra township, where it is alleged they saw a black Hol...

Guyra couple celebrate Platinum Anniversary

1st Apr 2020

Next Wednesday the 8th of April is a significant day for David and Gwen Rainger. The day will mark their 70th wedding anniversary and, with a planned family celebration on hold due to the coronavirus, they will spend the day in isolation instead.The ...

Supermarket workers at the front line

1st Apr 2020

During this time of uncertainty, when we are all feeling the strain, supermarket workers have been at the front line. Manager of Kirks IGA Harry Kirk has praised both his staff and the Guyra community for their efforts during this time. “Despit...

Historical Society needs your help.

1st Apr 2020

Members of the Guyra Historical Society are researching and recording the businesses that were in Guyra. With the view of producing a book that will be launched next year. They are asking if anyone has a story or a photo pertaining to a business in G...

A helping hand from VRA

31st Mar 2020

The Guyra VRA have stepped up as restrictions tighten due to the COVID-19 virus. They are now working with the IGA and SPAR supermarkets in Guyra to deliver groceries and necessary household goods to members of the community whom are in mandatory or ...

Council elections pushed back by 12 months

31st Mar 2020

Local government elections which were due to be held in September have been postponed for 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, Local Government MP Shelley Hancock said it was a “regrettable decision”, but one that would...

Important Update from your local newspaper

31st Mar 2020

Dear Readers,These are challenging times for our local community, as they are for all local communities around the world. Many of us are anxious and unsure about many things, but one thing we know for certain is that we need to work together as a com...

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 ...