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Stay up to date with economic development news in Glen Innes Highlands
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.
We’re strategically located, at the intersection of two major highways, the New England and Gwydir, just four and a half hours’ drive from Brisbane, three and half from Ballina, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba (with its international airfreight hub) and two and a half to Tamworth. Sydney is approximately seven hours.
Glen Innes Severn Council’s philosophy is embracing change, building on history – we work with new and existing businesses to facilitate the ideal solution for their business needs.
Tourism and lifestyle attract visitors and tree changers every year. The natural beauty of our region with high concentrations of World Heritage areas, National Parks, Nature Reserves and State Council Parks combined with a diversity of quality tourist attractions, activities, accommodation, festivals and events makes for a vibrant community.
Whether you are looking for a tree-change where you can start your rural-based business, be able to afford a physical business space or are seeking to capitalise on your experience and offer your services to rural centers, Glen Innes Highlands should be on your short-list!
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.
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
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.
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.
Q: Do I need to live in the Glen Innes LGA?
A: Ideally yes, but we're also open to those that are considering moving!
Q: How much time will I need to participate?
A: This is totally up to you and you can choose which invitations to workshops/sessions you accept.
Q: How will I know when sessions are conducted?
A: Once you register you will be invited to attend via the email you provide.
Q: Does it cost anything?
A: No, but your time is valuable to us.
Q: Is the Think Tank a Committee of Council?
A: Whist Council will facilitate the set-up of the GROW Glen Innes Think Tank it it will not be a formal Committee of Council so as to allow greater flexibility.
Q: Are the sessions going to be a talkfest?
A: No the sessions will be facilitated with clear goals and objectives.
Q: Is this for real? Will I be heard? Is it a waste of my time?
A: Yes it is. Yes you will. No it's not.
The proposed property is Lot 1 DP 500396 Dumaresq Street Glen Innes. It is located on the corner of the Gwydir Highway and Dumaresq Street approximately 1.8 km west from the intersection of the New England Highway and Gwydir Highway.
The site is relatively flat with fall of approximately 6 metres from the south eastern corner to the north western corner see Figure 2. Contour details. The site is devoid of native vegetation with a willow tree located on the block and a row of cotoneaster which appears to be located on the adjoining property. The property has a covering of improved grass species and common native species such as Parramatta grass. The land has been used for grazing purposes for a number of years.
The site has one (1) development located on the land, being a solar business approved by Council in 2017. Three (3) residential properties are located less than 100 metres from the external boundary of the site whilst a further three (3) are located less than 200 metres from the external boundary of the proposed development. An existing industrial business is located on the eastern side of Dumaresq Street being Weir Built. The southern boundary has the racecourse and a new Wind Turbine Park.
Photo Create is a wholesale company that services the global retail photo processing markets. Based in Glen Innes Highlands, and with production facilities in Australia and USA, the company has utilised custom-built software and back-end production management systems to maximise efficiency, both in the retail environment and at the production facility.
Home of internationally acclaimed Aboriginal artist Lloyd Gawura Hornsby, the recently established gallery in Glen Innes has a reputation for its collaborative projects, school and community workshops and masterclasses. The gallery features contemporary artworks from local, interstate and international artists; a cafe serving coffee and light refreshments.
Autobaler are cardboard waste baler management specialists. This Deepwater-based business developed a unique open top loading system and combined this with the solid state electronic intelligent control system. The result is that Autobalers function with a much lower labour input requirement.
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