The right time
Dumaresq Mayor, Peter
Monley firmly believes now is the right time for a merger.
Our first new Council of the millennium
Officially proclaimed on 21 February by New South Wales Governor,
Gordon Samuels AC, Armidale Dumaresq Council has become Australia's
first new Council of the millennium. Created through the merger of
the former Armidale City Council and Dumaresq Shire Council, this is
the first voluntary amalgamation in New South Wales following
legislation introduced last year by the Minister for Local
Government, Harry Woods.
Reconciliation is more than flag
Joining Armidale City Council in 1983, Deputy Mayor Pat
Dixon was the first Aboriginal woman elected to Local Government in
Australia. She believes reconciliation is not simply about flag
raising and recognition but a commitment to actions that will lead to
a better quality of life.
Volunteers gain benefits too
Councils are aware, much valuable work carried out in the community
relies on volunteers. To coordinate and recruit volunteers, Council
runs the Armidale Regional Volunteer Centre which matches volunteers
to the type of work they are interested in according to their skills,
interest and experience.
With the twin
aims of bringing the community together and restoring the amenity of
a picnic area, in 1998 Armidale celebrated Local Government Week by
launching a project titled 'Building Bridges across the
Access the key to community life
With the aim of offering people with a disability the same access to
recreation opportunities and to participate fully in community life,
Armidale has introduced a Recreational Access Project.
Towards a better future
response to the rural crisis facing most regional areas, in 1997
Mayors Richard Torbay and Peter Monley formed a Community Taskforce.
Issues that needed to be addressed included the population drift,
closure of services and an over reliance on one or two
Regional airport a showpiece
Armidale Dumaresq Council is very much the gateway to the New England
Tablelands. Many people choose to fly into the area via the recently
upgraded Armidale Regional Airport.
Gold honours for the environment
Well before the two Councils decided to amalgamate, Armidale and
Dumaresq had been cooperating in a number of areas including the
highly prized natural environment of the region. A number of
initiatives undertaken by both Councils and their communities clearly
indicate the importance they place on protecting and conserving the
Feeling safe wherever you are
One outcome of Armidale's 'Building the Future' Forum, in 1997, was
that community safety is a major concern for many people. As a
result, an extensive campaign to improve public safety commenced.
Getting young people home safely
An initiative of the Armidale Aboriginal community to assist
young people to get home safely at night has been picked up by
Third City of the Arts
last year, Armidale was selected by the State Government as the Third
City of the Arts. It joins Katoomba and Broken Hill. With funding of
$300,000, the Third City of the Arts Managerial Committee has
targeted youth and multiculturalism as key areas of the program.
Trolley ride through a rich
Armidale is justly proud of its built
environment. The 'capital of New England' is a gracious leafy city
with a wealth of heritage buildings, gardens, educational facilities
and cultural experiences. Each year these, together with a moderate
climate, attract thousands of visitors to Armidale. To help visitors
appreciate all Armidale has to offer, the city runs a free electric
powered Heritage Trolley Tour.
Centre built to minimise impact on
The recently opened Yaraandoo
Environmental Interpretive Centre, located on the popular Waterfall
Way between Armidale and the NSW coast, represents a complete
commitment to the local world heritage listed environment. The Centre
provides tourist information, adventure activities, accommodation, a
restaurant and convention facilities.