Up to 100 new jobs. That's why Adam Marshall was jumping for joy at the end of last week, when he announced a new state government department would open an office in Armidale.
While the relocation of the APVMA from Canberra achieved plenty of negative attention, it did show that our city can handle a process like this and that move played a key role in Armidale being chosen for the office site this time.
Armidale Regional Council CEO Susan Law welcomed the news. It was good news for council in a week where they lost their legal stoush against five of their councillors and were ordered to pay costs.
Meanwhile, the English classes for refugee students at Armidale Secondary College will also have more government funding coming its way soon.
When the new campus opens next year, Armidale will have the first Intensive English Centre to open outside the greater Sydney region in 40 years.
Unfortunately it hasn't been all good news over the past week, and reports of job losses at Qantas has raised questions about what it means for the air services in our region.
It comes as REX Airlines made public its displeasure about the prospect of paying for security screening at Armidale Regional Airport.
Following the federal government's decision to revamp the cost of some tertiary subjects, we spoke to Michael Wilmore who is the dean of the University of New England's Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education.
He defended the success of their arts graduates, whom the government saw less value in.
There was some great education news when O'Connor Catholic College announced work would soon begin on a $16m revamp at the school.
Finally, a report from the Regional Australia Institute revealed that in the last five years more than 1.2 million people moved to or around regional Australia, of those more than 500,000 were from a capital city.
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Laurie Bullock, editor