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There is a lot about to happen in Glen Innes Highlands and the common theme is MORE – more investment, more doctors, more hospital facilities, more infrastructure, more tourism and much more....
This aligns with the new brand campaign for Regional Australia "MOVE TO MORE" launched in March 2021 by Regional Australia Institute.
The new paradigm for Regional Economic Development is a Place Making approach, but what does that mean?
‘The most widely understood definition of placemaking is the practice of creating or enhancing a community’s assets to improve its overall attractiveness and livability. This includes large-scale projects such as the creation of public spaces and alternative transportation infrastructure, but also smallscale efforts such as pop-up retail and downtown beautification.’
‘In the New Economy, knowledge-sector jobs are faster-growing and more lucrative than professions with more routine functions. Consequently, communities are changing the way they approach economic development. Instead of differentiating themselves primarily by transportation access, low costs, proximity to natural resources, or other traditional competitive advantages, many communities today are attracting multi-generational talent by becoming desirable places to live"
Source: Big Sky Economic Development
The final Economic Development Strategy 2020-2040 and Action Plan 2020-2025 has been completed following an extensive process including:
Phase 1: Economic Analysis and Research; presented to Council and Community 28 May 2020 Ordinary Council meeting with a plan on how Phase 2 could be executed.
Phase 2: Community and Stakeholder Consultation; presented to Council 24 September 2020 with a Community Consultation Summary Report following the public exhibition period
Phase 3: Strategy Development and Delivery; and Phase 4: Action Plan Development and Delivery:
1. Presented to Council the draft PLACE Strategy 2020-2040 and PLACE Action Plan for public exhibition 17 December 2020
2. Conducted further community consultation on the draft plans for an extended period of time until 12 February 2021
3. Presented the final Economic Development Strategy 2020-2040 and Action Plan 2020-2025 at the 25 March Ordinary Council meeting
1. Background Analysis Report
2. Summary of Community Consultation - round 1
3. Draft PLACE Strategy 2020-2040 and PLACE Action Plan
4. Summary of Community Consultation - round 2
5. Final Economic Development Strategy 2020-2040 and Action Plan 2020-2025
The final Destination Management Plan will be presented to Council for adoption at the July Ordinary Council meeting.
The previous Destination Management Plan (DMP) 2016-2020 was adopted by Council at the October 2015 Ordinary Council Meeting. Council appointed Jenny Rand & Associates following a Request for Quotation (RFQ) process to deliver a Destination Management Approach to the DMP
Destination Management introduces a ‘holistic’ approach to the development, management, and marketing of tourist destinations. The approach requires that all tiers of Government, the tourism industry and business community leaders work together to develop and manage destinations.
Destination management aims to ensure that tourism adds value to the economy and social fabric of the area, is sustainable into the future, is resilient to external shocks and is responsive to changes in both the marketplace and competitive environment. It involves formulating a strong vision for the future of the destination and putting in place the framework and resources to ‘deliver’ this vision.
The draft DMP 2021 – 2026 provides eight (8) strategic directions with relevant strategies and actions to achieve the goal of that strategic direction.
Destination Management Plan Summary
Destination Management Plan Background Analysis
GROW Glen Innes Think Tank participants are a collection of people who are interested in collaborating with Council to provide their experience, education and ideas across key elements of the Economic Development Action Plan.
Council’s Manager Economic Development will register volunteers through a process and utilise the registration information to invite members to participate in workshops and other events.
In May 29021 Council invited quotes develop a Housing Assessment & Strategy to 2040 in order to understand the current housing situation and future housing requirements for the area in order to maximise local liveability and ensure the LGA can convert the wave of regional migration due to hit the regions.
Jack Archer, Founder of ProjectsJSA was appointed to the project which is due for completion between August and October 2021.
Council have submitted an EOI for the "Attract, Connect, Stay" Community Project which aims to address chronic rural health workforce shortages in small rural towns (population approximately 10K or less), through building community support to create, self-fund and manage a Rural Health Workforce Coordinator (RHWC) position.
The EOI was submitted following a GROW Glen Innes THINK TANK session with locals led by Dr Cath Cosgrave. An outcome is due on 9 August 2021.
The vision is to develop a museum dedicated to power generation and powered machines (as opposed to road-going equipment) from past to present to future.
A concept proposal and business case is in development to understand the viability of the project. A unique opportunity exists for Glen Innes to re-establish the former Powerhouse into a nationally significant asset in the heart of regional NSW.
The project has the potential to create future regional prosperity, economic resilience and jobs to contribute to diversifying the local economy.
The SKYWALK is a concept that was developed as a part of the Centennial Parklands Master Concept Plan and Plan of Management. The $2 million project has been fully funded under the NSW Public Legacy Program.
The Skywalk will create a new regional tourism and local active participation attraction integrating Celtic and Ngoorabul cultures and Geo-Tourism aspects around an elevated walk and view platform at a high-vantage point overlooking Glen Innes.
The ongoing economic benefits for Glen Innes businesses from increased tourism from this project will be an indirect positive outcome.
The New England Rail Trail has been part-funded by the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund for the Glen Innes to Ben Lomond section.
This project is in partnerships with Armidale Regional Council, the community and the New England Rail Trail Group.
Armidale Regional Council have a funding application submitted to the Building Better Regions Fund awaiting a decision in September 2021.
A Facebook page launched on 8 July 2021 where you can find more information and complete a survey.
Health Infrastructure is in the early planning stages to redevelop the Glen Innes Hospital to provide improved health services for the Hunter New England community. The NSW Government is investing $20 million to redevelop the Glenn Innes Hospital. The project will:
• Offer contemporary facilities to support best practice models of care
• Provide patients, families and carers a first-class facility to meet the health needs of the community now, and into the future.
The scope for the project is under review as part of the clinical services planning.
A new purpose build Regional Netball and Sporting Facility is now fully funded.
The Project is the construction of a new two court indoor stadium to facilitate the growth of netball in Glen Innes and the surrounding region, and which will also have the capability to accommodate other sporting, recreation and community uses through co-location and shared use of facilities.
The Project responds to identified needs across a range of sporting and recreation uses, and will benefit people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities by making Glen Innes residents more active, more often
The Centennial Parklands, home of the Australian Standing Stones by the end of FY18/19 have a Plan of Management and a Master Plan for the future use and development of the recreational area.
An ambitious plan to utilse the area to bring together Ngoorabul and Celtic Heritage, provide a system of pathways linked to the shared pathways throughout town and provide a facility that can attract the conference market, build the Australian Celtic Festival and improve services to the community and tourists.
The overall aim of the Glen Innes Sporting Facilities Review and Master Plan study is to determine the most effective and efficient development of sporting facilities for the LGA into the future. The overall result will be a suite of facilities and spaces that will actively encourage and support increased participation in sport and recreation by LGA residents.
The report provides an overview of the study process to prepare nine master plans, including the research and consultation undertaken, the key findings from the study, the new vision for eight sporting and recreation sites (two options for the Wilson Park precinct), and a costed and prioritised project implementation plan for each site.
The existing Soccer & Rugby is being upgraded through NSW Government funding.
The upgrade to the sporting infrastructure includes:
1. Resurfacing the sporting fields and upgrading the amenities block which includes storage
2. A Rebuilt doorway to allow separate access to showers and toilets, expanded canteen and a new verandah and roof for an undercover area
3. The Rugby clubhouse will also be upgraded including storage, dressing rooms, new toilet and showers, baby change room and a disabled toilet; A concrete walkway will be installed from the car park to the clubhouse.
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