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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.
The Policy may be used to provide financial assistance to:
(a) A business entity – proven by an Australian Business Number (ABN) and/or Australian Company Name (ACN) proposing to establish or expand an industry, service or business in the LGA; and
(b) Local Volunteer Community Groups and/or Committees, Not-for-Profits, 355 Committees, Local Consortiums and Local Event Organisers proposing to incubate, activate or grow local initiatives, programs or events.
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:
Gig Guitars - Musical Instrument Store (2022);
Fujisawa 森 Zen Garden (2022);
Velquip - Stihl Dealer, Equipment & Event Hire & Commercial Cleaning (2021);
Sew Many Fabrics - Fabric, Crafts & Workshops (2021);
Carolyn's Closette - Pre Loved & New Clothing (2020);
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).
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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 Business Support
The proposed property is Lot 1 DP 500396 Dumaresq Street Glen Innes. It is located on the corner of the Gwydir Highway and Dumaresq Street approximately 1.8 km west from the intersection of the New England Highway and Gwydir Highway.
The site is relatively flat with fall of approximately 6 metres from the south eastern corner to the north western corner see Figure 2. Contour details. The site is devoid of native vegetation with a willow tree located on the block and a row of cotoneaster which appears to be located on the adjoining property. The property has a covering of improved grass species and common native species such as Parramatta grass. The land has been used for grazing purposes for a number of years.
The site has one (1) development located on the land, being a solar business approved by Council in 2017. Three (3) residential properties are located less than 100 metres from the external boundary of the site whilst a further three (3) are located less than 200 metres from the external boundary of the proposed development. An existing industrial business is located on the eastern side of Dumaresq Street being Weir Built. The southern boundary has the racecourse and a new Wind Turbine Park.
Lot 1 Approximately 3,271 m2
Lot 2 Approximately 3,271 m2
Lot 3 Approximately 3,260 m2
Lot 4 Approximately 9,760 m2
Lot 5 Approximately 22,442 m2
Registration means that Manager Economic Development, Margot Davis will be able to contact you and invite you to participate in a range of GGITT workshops on a variety of topics.
Looking for a place to start your new business?
Glen Innes Severn Council have been funded under the Federal Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund to fit-out a co-working space in Glen Innes Highlands.
The Hub will create a central place where business and community can come together with a common purpose of creating a thriving local economy and a socially prosperous community. A place that collectively and inclusively inspires people to realise the vision of being a place "Where we connect, innovate, connect and grow".
The funding will also enable subsidised programs for one (1) year following the opening of the Hub, which is estimated to be in June 2022.
The Glen Innes Severn Council’s slogan is ‘Embracing Change, Building on History’ and continues its mission to be a ‘can-do’ Council.
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.
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A tree-change story of these two ladies who have taken over an old corner store and revived into a delicious new business. At 'Slade’s old Store' 40 Edward street Glen Innes baked fresh daily with all the local meats slow cooking during trade and you can watch the fresh pastry being made, pies, quiches, pastries, cakes and sweets made with love from scratch & from their own vegetable patch.
Another tree-changer moving to the country! Jim Barker, spent too many years chasing photographs as a hobby that he simply had to turn it into his business. Having a range of experience across many styles of photography shooting weddings, portraits, food & drink, commercial, architecture and more, coupled with his background in marketing and communications, Jim knows how to create and nail a brief for your specific needs.
If you need to lift it up, pull it down, move it, place it, replace it or build it, Weir Built have you covered. They can get cranes into places you can’t imagine!
Weir Built have pretty much everything you need to restore, replace or build a bridge. With expertise in removing timber pylons and replacing with concrete. They have the moulds, ready to go. They have the knowhow to replace existing decks with strong, light laminates.
A fantastic story and a real example of how the zero-emissions economy can and will create opportunities for our community. The business run by an 18yo recently won the contract to upgrade all of the schools in our region to modern LED lighting. The impact that will have on the emissions footprint in our region is significant. The business has partnered with other electricians to fulfill the contract and keep jobs local.
A Glen Innes business on the rise and expanding throughout the region having recently won the waste management contract for the Uralla Solar Farm being constructed. As a result of this growth Malcolm the business owner is employing more staff, and just recently a young family has moved from the hunter valley into Glen Innes because they were offered a job at New England Waste.
Local musicians have opened a new business in the main street of Glen Innes to service a wide range of string instruments. Whether you are just starting out on your musical journey or after a unique instrument to add to your sound or your collection, GIG Guitars can help. For the love of music make sure you visit their website and find something that excites you!
Simple, affordable, memorable
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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