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The Glen Innes Highlands economy is on the rise and industries investing in our area are bringing increased industry diversification.
Wind and solar are joining established thriving businesses that include a global photo processing innovator, the largest producer of premium Black Angus and Wagyu beef, telecommunications innovators and a regional honey industry with up to 35 commercial operators as well as hobbyists.
Along with increasing industry diversification, we are seeing more regional returners and tree-changers making the move, with their skills, experience and ideas creating more new start-ups, buying and reinvigorating existing business as well as remote working for a lifestyle change.
Did you know that we lose $200,000,000 out of our local economy every year? If 20% of that was retained locally an additional $56 million would be circulating in our local economy each year.
That means more business growth, more profits and more jobs. We've funded a digital platform through the Bushfire Recovery Agency to provide our community with a game-changing tool to assist local business to connect and increase their revenue from within the community.
Highlands Hub - Business builds digital communities for local businesses to promote their products, their people and services. A modern business discovery tool with social network features. Supporting how businesses connect and generate more local revenue.
In supporting start-up and new ideas Council have a Business Incentive Fund which is available to new businesses wishing to establish in Glen Innes Highlands.
Council also has a procurement policy that favours local businesses and helps with grant applications. Business owners can also use Council resources to promote job opportunities.
Alongside our associations and business community Council encourages and supports businesses relocating or starting up in the Glen Innes Highlands that contribute to employment opportunities and a vibrant economy.
A sign of a progressive and prospering community is of course new businesses starting up, expanding regionally or the purchasing of existing businesses.
Just in the last two years we have seen the following businesses open their doors:
Velquip - Stihl Dealer, Equipment & Event Hire & Commercial Cleaning (2021);
Sew Many Fabrics - Fabric, crafts & workshops (2021);
Endeavour Glen Innes - Petroleum Service (2020);
Country Wide Loans - Finance Brokering (2020);
The Furry Cow - Gelato & Fudge (2020);
The Local Glen Innes - Cafe (2020);
Markets in the Highlands - Monthly Market Co-op (2020);
Insignia Company - Marketing and Promotional Merchandise (2020);
Moveology New England - Exercise Studio Clinic (2020);
Raine and Horne - Real Estate (2020).
The Glen Innes Severn Council’s slogan is ‘Embracing Change, Building on History’ and continues its mission to be a ‘can-do’ Council.
Glen Innes Highlands Bid Blast is a monthly newsletter providing grant writing advice and information on the latest grant and funding opportunities.
Grant funds for regional or community development are usually provided by federal, state or local government; although there are an increasing number made available through philanthropic organisations.
In the case of government grants, all funding must come from a particular program, with specific terms and conditions to ensure accountability for government. Most grant funding in Australia is competitive and each project will be assessed against many other applications. Many funding programs are often oversubscribed, so applications need to be of very high quality and evidence based to have the best chance of success.
Some funding providers offer their grants in rounds. Most grants also have defined lifecycles. It is important to find a grant that suits your organisational context and the objectives of your project.
Regional Development Australia (Northern Inland) has up to date lists of potential funding.
Glen Innes Highlands based Rangers Valley is one of the most respected producers of premium marbled Black Angus and Wagyu beef for the domestic and export markets. Leaders in state-of-the-art feedlot operations, and wholeheartedly committed to caring for their cattle, Rangers Valley is investing in the future of our planet.
Founded by award-winning journalist Rachel Bowman from Glen Innes Highlands Food Miles is the first publication of its kind worldwide. The publication will take you on a journey from paddock to plate. Most of all there will be people stories told in words, images and moving pictures: the producers, processors, retailers, chefs, cooks and consumers.
Silversmith Richard Moon in his Deepwater studio specialises in upcycling old silver, copper, gemstones and even vintage linoleum into jewellery. He transforms glass bottle stoppers, sink plugs, Cuisenaire rods, game tokens, cutlery and other materials into wearable art. He also conducts workshops in The Makers Shed in Glen Innes.
Photo Create is a wholesale company that services the global retail photo processing markets. Based in Glen Innes Highlands, and with production facilities in Australia and USA, the company has utilised custom-built software and back-end production management systems to maximise eciency, both in the retail environment and at the production facility.
Home of internationally acclaimed Aboriginal artist Lloyd Gawura Hornsby, the recently established gallery in Glen Innes has a reputation for its collaborative projects, school and community workshops and master classes. The gallery features contemporary artworks from local, interstate and international artists; a cafe serving coffee and light refreshments.
Experience Glen Innes Highlands on half and full day tours as well as special tours over multiple days and to coincide with local events.
All tours are accompanied by a local, experienced guide. Morning and afternoon tea and lunch can be added to all tours. Special, hidden gems are on offer for lunch and dinner options. These are available to groups organised by Glen Innes Highlands Tours.
StarLogixs Electronics has been providing high quality engineered products for over 15 years. From initial concept to design, their engineering team can provide the complete manufacturing process. They design and manufacture products to increase safety and provide automation across multiple industries.
A boutique spirit manufacturer, distilling a range of vodkas, gins and liqueurs from grains and fruits fermented on site. Owned and operated by plant pathologist and microbiologist David Scott and Susie Snodgrass their products are sold in Sydney restaurants, Regional markets, events and online.
Autobaler are cardboard waste baler management specialists. This Deepwater-based business developed a unique open top loading system and combined this with the solid state electronic intelligent control system. The result is that Autobalers function with a much lower labour input requirement.
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