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The Glen Innes Highlands community comprises of both rural and urban residents, including the villages of Glencoe, Red range, Deepwater and Emmaville and the hamlets of Wellingrove, Wytaliba, Dundee and Glen Elgin.
Whilst there is great diversity in the Highlands community there is also a great unity within the community spirit.
Our community is a diverse mix of traditional, established and new families.
The Ngoorabul people who lived in this area called their home Gindaaydjin, meaning ‘plenty of big round stones on clear plains’. Large granite boulders are a common feature of the local landscape, none more famous than Balancing Rock. Many Ngarabal people continue to live in the Glen Innes Highlands area and still celebrate their historic ties to the region, practice many aspects of their way of life and share their culture with visitors.
The early settlers in the area were mostly Scots. The first to settle here was a Cambridge-educated barrister from Selkirkshire named Archibald Boyd. In 1838 he established what is now known as Stonehenge Station. Glen Innes Highlands is now home to a strong population with both Celtic and traditional backgrounds.
Some farms in the area that have been in the same family for over 150 years. Such strong roots within the community creates a wonderful foundation and solidity that many places in this day and age do not enjoy.
Glen Innes Highlands 2016 Census data:
Population: 8,908 people
Employment: 3,060 jobs
Wages & Salaries: $202.461 million.
Top 3 Employment by industry: Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing; Health Care & Social Assistance; Retail Trade.
Families: 58.11% two-person families, 17.89% three-person families, 13.6% four-person families
Housing Dwelling Type: 94.57% Occupied Private Dwellings
After economic outlook, local skills gaps and opportunities, a key consideration for people thinking about relocating is what kind of lifestyle they and their families will enjoy.
The best way to find out what it’s like to live in Glen Innes Highlands is to ask the locals. We did just that last year and here’s what they love about their lives in Glen Innes Highlands:
Sense of community - Locals talk about the many opportunities to get involved in their community – the surprising number of events throughout the year, the numerous social and special interest clubs and organisations.
Affordability - Dollars go further in Glen Innes Highlands. Properties (commercial, agricultural and residential) are cheaper.
Physical beauty - Our beautifully preserved and restored town centre, the extensive and tranquil Anzac Park, and the World Heritage National Parks on our doorstep.
Rural Lifestyle - Glen Innes Highlands has everything you need, and nothing you don’t. The pace of life is one of the biggest drawcards for people relocating from cities. It’s being able to combine the best of country life style and the best of a country town. The air is fresh, there are so many options for outdoor activity, and the freedom to run and play safely.
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