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In Glen Innes Highlands we are committed and supportive of new ideas, industries and opportunities that contribute towards our local and regional economy.
For a region rich in heritage we are continuing to attract a broad range of businesses and investors leveraging and capitalising on our endowments.
The Glen Innes Severn Council alongside our associations and business community encourage and support more businesses relocating or starting up in the Glen Innes Highlands.
The combination of Council assistance, logistics, enhanced mobile coverage and faster broadband, government grants, logistics, land values and lifestyle make Glen Innes Highlands the ideal choice for business, investment and skilled workers.
Council’s economic development and destination brand is “Glen Innes Highlands” encompassing all of the features of our area, culture and community. Ecological and culturally significant landscapes are valued, as well as the cultural heritage of town buildings and its historic streetscapes.
Boasting a thriving premium agribusiness economy and emerging renewable energy and services sectors, New England and North West enjoys easy access to Sydney and South East Queensland.
An agricultural powerhouse - An agricultural powerhouse producing nearly a fifth of NSW’s gross value of crops and 6% of livestock products, responding to growing demand in Asian markets
New England Agtech Cluster - The New England Agtech Cluster in Armidale partners business with the University of New England’s Centre for Agribusiness, Smart Farm and Smart Regional Incubator
Important logistics and warehousing - Important logistics and warehousing sector
Coal mining and renewable energy opportunities - Expanding coal mining operations and renewable energy investments in solar and wind power
Multinational food processing presence - Food processing capacity in beef, lamb, poultry, and specialty food and wine - the region hosts processing facilities including Teys Cargill, Thomas Foods, Baiada and Bindaree Beef
The above images are just a few of the recent projects funded through Government initiatives:
Glen Innes Bowling Club;
Melling Park Upgrade & Wellness Trail;
Wilson Park Upgrade;
Sale yard Upgrade;
Glen Innes & District Hospital Upgrade
Regional NSW is benefiting from a once-in-a-lifetime public investment in its infrastructure and communities to bost regional growth, and support businesses and investors:
A$4.1b - for investment into regional transport infrastructure including regional growth roads, freight corridors and regional rail lines
A$1b - for investment into regional water infrastructure
A$500m - for enabling infrastructure needed to support job creation and economic growth across Regional NSW
A$300m - for investment into infrastructure to increase tourist visitation to Regional NSW and create jobs
A$200m - to support councils and community groups in delivery of crucial local infrastructure to improve quality of life across Regional NSW
A$200m - to support investment into sports and cultural infrastructure
A$50m - for investment in communications infrastructure and delivery of improved regional voice and data connectivity
Major Roads - The region is aligned along the New England Highway which is a major national route providing access to both Sydney and South East Queensland.
The Highway intersects with the Gwydir Highway at Glen Innes, an important link between the New England Tablelands and the Upper North West Region of the State and the NSW Northern Rivers Region (Far North Coast). The Gwydir Highway is the only B-double route between the NE-NW Region and the North Coast
Location - Proximity to the Brisbane, Gold Coast and the NSW Northern Rivers Regions lies within 4 hours’ drive of Glen Innes.
Ready access to the South East Queensland and Northern Rivers markets as well as access to the Brisbane and Gold Coast airports, the Port of Brisbane, and to higher order services, such as tertiary hospitals in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. The Region will also have ready access to the Port of Yamba, if the Port proceeds
Proximity to Toowoomba, with the Wellcamp Airport international freight hub being within 2-3 hours drive of the region. This provides significant opportunities for the air-freight export of fruit and vegetables and potentially stud livestock, produced in the region.
Proximity to fruit and vegetable processing and packaging plants in the Stanthorpe District, Lockyer Valley and Brisbane area and to the Stanthorpe Granite Belt wineries.
Proximity to feedlots in the Upper North West Region of NSW and the Darling Downs Region and meat processing plants in Inverell and Warwick Central location for bee-keeping with access to the tablelands and western slopes and plains for bee hives and processing facilities (primarily Capilano Honey) in South East Queensland.
The NSW Government’s Regional NSW Investment Attraction Package makes it easier for businesses to establish or expand in regional NSW.
The NSW Government offers a range of incentives to attract new and growing businesses to regional NSW. Businesses can take advantage of benefits including direct access to an investment concierge for expert and tailored support, grants and interest-free loans, and relocation assistance for skilled workers.
Businesses will be able to apply under the Regional NSW Investment Attraction Package by contacting the Department of Industry’s new Investment Concierge Service for Regional NSW.
Council provides an Investment Pathway through its Significant Development Committee of Council.
The Investment Pathway initiative brings together different roles within Council to provide a seamless point of access for new investors and a collaborative, responsive, partnering approach by Council - improving the customer focus of Council when dealing with new investors.
It aims to reduce timeframes, improve flexibility of options and reduce cost for new investors – making it easier for them to invest in the Glen Innes area compared with other options in northern New South Wales. Council provides this Investment Pathway through its Significant Development Committee of Council.
This Committee provides an opportunity to discuss proposed developments with proponents in a confidential forum prior to lodging a Development Application.
Council also provides developers with an opportunity to attend weekly Development Assessment Unit meetings to discuss developments prior to the lodgement of their development applications.
The Development Assessment Unit comprises Town Planning, Building Surveying, Engineering and Community Services representatives who are available to discuss technical aspects of the development.
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