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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.
Multi-dimensional and linked to global markets, New England and Northwest is one of the epicenters of Australia’s primary industries.
An agricultural powerhouse
An agricultural powerhouse producing a fifth of NSW’s gross value of crops responding to growing demand in Asian markets. The region boasts one of the largest glasshouse tomato operations in the southern hemisphere, Costa Group.
Food processing region
Major multinational food processing region for beef, lamb, poultry, and specialty food and wine – including Teys Cargill, Thomas Foods, Baiada and Bindaree Beef. Growth is supported by the region’s higher education, agricultural technology expertise and ICT investments.
Expanding coal, horticulture, mining operations and renewable energy sectors. Sapphire Wind Farm is NSW's largest wind energy generator, comprising 75 turbines able to power 110,000 homes. White Rock Wind Farm (stage 1) is 175 megawatts with stage 2 commencing soon. Several 600+ megawatt solar projects are in their final planning stages.
Regional NSW is an established choice for investors. Now our 20-Year Economic Vision makes the case for investing here stronger still.
When you establish your business here, you’ll receive unparalleled help and support. This includes direct access to an investment concierge. The NSW Investment Concierge can help you obtain government assistance and act as your first port of call for advice on opportunities and potential sites for your business.
1. Generous financial incentives
2. A bright future
3. Connected to Sydney, Australia’s global gateway
Regional NSW is a diverse economic powerhouse and one of the key factors in both NSW and Australia's ongoing economic success.
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.
Contact: Manager Economic Development, Margot Davis on:
Phone: 0267 302 403
Email [email protected]
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.
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.
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.
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.
From research services to funding and grant applications if you’re looking for some assistance for your new business idea a wealth of information is available with RDANI.
RDANI is a not-for-profit community based organisation with all committee members and staff having a broad and diverse skills base with extensive networks including local Governments, the private sector, education and health.
RDA Committees are strong advocates for their region and drivers of change and, as such, have a pivotal role in fostering regional economic development. They aim to be the driver of business growth, new jobs, skills development and business investment within the Northern Inland region.
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.
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Glen Innes Highlands acknowledges and pays respect to the Ngoorabul people as the traditional custodians of this land, their elders past, present and emerging, and to Torres Strait Islander people and all First Nations people.
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