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The Glen Innes Highlands economy is on the rise.
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 and a regional honey industry with up to 35 commercial operators as well as hobbyists.
The Gross Regional Product for Glen Innes Severn representing the total value of final goods and services produced in the region over the period of one year (includes exports but subtracts imports) is $466.424 million.
Glen Innes Highlands key propulsive sectors - the key drivers of the Glen Innes Severn LGA’s economy in terms of regional exports, employment, value-added and local expenditure on goods and services (backward linkages) - is led by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector followed by the Construction industry, Public Administration & Safety, Accommodation & Food Services and Health Care & Social Assistance.
For all relevant strategic and plans pertinent to our local economy
Glen Innes Severn Council have invested in REMPLAN Economy and Community to assist our community and potential investors to easily access data on our local economy. If you require any deeper information please contact Margot Davis: REMPLAN Economic Profile REMPLAN Community Profile
Population: 8,908 people
Employment: 3,060 jobs
Top 3 Employment by industry: Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing; Health Care & Social Assistance; Retail Trade
Output Generated: $845.425 Million
Wages & Salaries: $202.461 million.
Regional Exports: $289.550 million
Regional Imports: $225.431 million
Value Added: $421.208 million
Gross Regional Product: $466.424 million
Tourism Output: $50.116 Million
Families: 58.11% two-person families, 17.89% three-person families, 13.6% four-person families
Housing Dwelling Type: 94.57% Occupied Private Dwellings
SEIFA score: 2016 was 915
Our Region has significant and growing specialisations in livestock and horticulture industries. The key livestock industries are beef cattle and sheep farming.
Our Region has a growing horticultural sector, with the Region producing apples, stone fruits, avocados, mangos, kiwi fruit, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, vegetables, turf, macadamia nuts, pecans, chestnuts, lavender, garlic and herbs, cut flowers and nursery plants. Tourism is another important industry.
Accommodation and Food Services is the 4th largest employer in the Region. There are opportunities to continue to grow the short-breaks and day visitor markets out of the South East Queensland and the Northern Rivers Region of NSW, special interest and activity-based markets and the long-haul touring market.
Although not a specialisation, the Region has a small manufacturing sector that produces specialty products, including hearses, digital-based photographic products, quality racing equipment for jockeys and horses, safety and automation devices and systems, auto-balers for waste management and metal piers.
Source: Regional Economic Development Starategy (REDS).
The natural beauty of the Region – high country scenery with dissected gorge country along the eastern edge of the Region, rivers and waterfalls, tablelands, the granite country with spectacular rock formations, and the fertile, highly productive river valleys; combined with attractive, well presented towns with a strong heritage focus.
Concentration of World Heritage areas, National Parks, State Conservation Areas, Nature Reserves and State Parks incorporating the granite belt parks and the escarpment parks (rainforests, gorges and waterfall). High profile Parks include Bald Rock, Washpool and Gibraltar Range.
The Region is ideal for tree-changers, people who can telecommute, semi-retirees and active retirees; boutique / specialist agricultural producers, artisans and manufacturers; and the ‘creative’ professions such as architects and designers.
The renewable energy sector is a new and growing industry for the Region. Due to its climatic and locational advantages the Region has been identified by TransGrid as an optimal location for large scale renewable energy projects.
In fact we’ve attracted on the heights wind and solar farms worth more than $700 million – approved or yet to begin – within a region that Adam Marshall, Member for Northern Tablelands, sees in “pole position as the state’s clean energy generation super-hub.”
Already, the White Rock Wind Farm stage 1, costing an estimated $450 million and drawing 70 construction jobs, is operating.
The $45 million White Rock Solar Farm is approved along with the $200 million Glen Innes Wind Farm is expected to provide employment for another 50 people to get the turbines rolling.
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