When it was first announced mid last year that 100 jobs were coming to Armidale it was a welcome boost.
But now, with the official announcement last week that the Department of Regional NSW will be based in the Old Teachers College, it's even more welcome.
It's no surprise that on Friday Adam Marshall said the new department would provide a huge shot in the arm to the local economy and community.
Friday's announcement coincided with a visit to the city by Premier Gladys Berejiklian who, along with deputy premier John Barilaro and Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell who came for the opening of the Armidale Secondary College campus on the old Armidale High School site.
Meanwhile, mayor Ian Tiley said council's plans for a hyrdrotherapy centre were back on the agenda when council met last week.
While that will please many, the issue of a rate increase is having the opposite effect, and there was a protest outside the council building as the councillors opted for a 10.5 per cent rise.
We're sure we haven't heard the last on that issue.
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