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Infrastructure

Telecommunications

Armidale is the first city in mainland Australia to be fully fibred (to the premises) under the National Broadband Network (NBN). Armidale is uniquely placed to offer any enterprise world leading communications infrastructure.

This new advanced technology offers access to the same range of telecommunications services as any major metropolitan centre. No longer is there an absolute need for business to operate from a central metropolitan location. National and International businesses can now lower their overheads and offer staff a new lifestyle and work-life balance all because the tyranny of distance has disappeared with the advent of super fast broadband.

Armidale is now serviced by all major Internet Service Providers and has a significant if not perfect mobile phone and wireless internet coverage.

Both the University of New England and the Armidale Dumaresq Council are establishing free WiFi locations within the city for students, visitors and the wider community. Locations include UNE campus, the Armidale Airport and the Mall area in the CBD.

Air Services

It takes about one hour to travel by air from Sydney to Armidale. There are almost 100 services between Armidale and Sydney each week. Qantaslink operates over 60 flights per week between Armidale and Sydney using fully pressurised Dash-8 (50-seat) aircraft. Regional Express or REX, Australia’s largest independent regional airline operates over 30 flights per week between Armidale and Sydney with their SAAB 340 (36 seat) aircraft.

Armidale Regional Airport has a modern airport terminal, free car parking and soon to be built paid security parking and is located only a few minutes from the Armidale CBD. The airport has a petrol station and is home to a number of aviation businesses including Fleet Helicopters, Super-Air, Edwards Aviation VIP Jet Charter, Go Fly, Armidale Aero Club and others.

Coach & Bus Services

Armidale has major coach services operating enroute to and from Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. Local coach companies provide regional services to and from most locations, urban transport within Armidale and to / from the University of New England.

NSW TrainLink, run by NSW Trains, provides Regional Train and Coach Services that connect the New England High Country to Sydney. Armidale has a daily TrainLink service to and from Sydney called the Armidale Xplorer. Coach services provide a link to most centres north of Armidale as far as Inverell and Tenterfield. The historic Armidale Railway Station is located on the fringe of the Armidale CBD.

Private Hospital

Armidale Private Hospital has been providing a comprehensive range of health care services combined with modern facilities to the community of Armidale and surrounding districts since 1998. The hospital is a 30 bed facility owned and operated by Ramsay Health Care, the largest private health care company in Australia. The modern and comfortable surroundings incorporate private and shared accommodation, all with ensuites. All beds have their own telephone and television.

Staff are committed to exceptional service and the team model of nursing in a small friendly environment ensures you receive quality care with your choice of doctor. Armidale Private Hospital is fully accredited by the Australian Council on Health Care Standards (ACHS), a nationally accredited body that ensures that the hospital provides high standards of care and service.

The Armidale Private Hospital offers medical and surgical services, all of which are supported by a full range of support services including radiology, pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social worker, aged care assessment, pharmacy and dietetics.

Public Hospital

Armidale Hospital is a 99 bed rural referral hospital providing a wide range of services including medicine, surgery, obstetrics, paediatrics, geriatrics, a 24 hour emergency department, and outpatient clinics. Allied health services, including occupational therapy, speech pathology, social work, physiotherapy, dietetics, radiology, pathology, and pharmacy, are an integral part of the organisation and contribute to the high level of patient care at Armidale Hospital.

Armidale Rural Referral Hospital is part of the Hunter New England Local Health District.

The University of New England has established the School of Rural Medicine and as a result the local health service has attracted more medical specialists than ever before and facilities are continually being upgraded for tertiary teaching purposes.

Water

Armidale has the capacity to provide water for a population of over 70,000 people. Armidale has had no water restrictions and even at the height of the drought its supply never fell below a four-year capacity. Armidale’s surplus water resource is available to meet industry needs.

The city’s water resources include normal treated water, untreated water from supply reservoirs and grey water with applications that could create new industries or expand existing enterprises.

Armidale welcomes business ventures that would produce good returns per unit of water and, if feasible, have the potential to generate employment through further processing or multi-faceted ventures that can pass water from one activity to another.

Energy

Armidale is served by Essential Energy, a NSW Government-owned corporation, with responsibility for building, operating and maintaining Australia’s largest electricity network - delivering essential network services to more than 800 000 homes and businesses across 95 per cent of NSW, parts of southern Queensland and northern Victoria. In addition, Armidale has access to gas and other sources of renewable energy. The New England region is recognised as an area for future renewable energy developments particularly in wind power generation.