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The challenge is set to grow our local economy and that means supporting our small businesses, providing services and initiatives to facilitate business growth and attracting new businesses to join our vibrant community.
Almost all businesses in our Local Government Area (LGA) are small businesses with almost two-thirds of businesses being owner/operators and one-third employing less than 20 staff. Local employment growth has been stable over the past year and is in line with the state average, and the region's unemployment rate decreased by 17.7% over the 2021/2022 financial year.
Highlands Hub has been developed to facilitate programs and initiatives to drive local socio-economic prosperity and support social enterprise - a fully funded initiative under the Bushfire Local Economic Development Fund (BLER). An officer has been appointed under the title of Community and Business Engagement Officer, who will provide support, connection and access through the HUB to improve leadership, growth and employment outcomes, as well as reduce local economic leakage and promote local partnerships and collaborations.
Join our connected business community:
Join the Highlands Hub online community
Follow the Glen Innes Highlands Hub Facebook page
Subscribe to Council's Economic Development NewsletterSubscribe to Tourism & Events Newsletter to receive local industry updates & support
Connect with the Glen Innes Business Chamber
Follow the Glen Innes Highlands Business Support Facebook group
This local economic recovery project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the NSW Government under Disaster Funding Arrangements.
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Highlands HUB is both an online community and co-working facility, where business and community can come together with a common purpose of creating a thriving local economy and socially prosperous community.
The HUB has a community co-working lounge (including hot desks and a quiet zone), private offices, meeting rooms, a boardroom, and a training room. The space can cater for workshops, training sessions and large meetings, with access to video conferencing options, an 85" screen, HDMI, wired/wireless internet, a whiteboard, community lounge access, kitchenette facilities, and catering options.
The HUB will also offer subsidised programs, training and workshops, in its first year of operation. To enquire about booking or programs, email [email protected].
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.
"Our place grows from the people that live within it. We celebrate and honour our shared Indigenous and European history and traditions. We connect, engage, nurture and motivate each other for mutual prosperity to create a vibrant and close-knit community that welcomes new people.”
The creation of an Economic Development Strategy (EDS) is a critical document in assisting communities to develop a consistent approach and focus to leverage and achieve economic development outcomes.
An EDS also acts a strategic document for Council that aids advocacy efforts with Federal and State Government. In addition, an EDS builds confidence for potential investors and/or businesses seeking to relocate to the region.
It also serves as a guide for the development of the next Delivery Program under the objectives of the Community Strategic Plan ensuring alignment and progress to achieve economic, community and social outcomes.
At the March 2021 Ordinary Council meeting Council adopted the final Economic Development Strategy 2020-2040 & Action Plan 2020-2025 (EDS&AP).
The EDS&AP provides a clear pathway for Council and Community foster local socio-economic prosperity and growth through the four key pillars of:
PARTNERSHIPS | PEOPLE | PLACE | PROSPERITY
These four pillars provide a whole-of-place mechanism to deliver a place-based approach to local economic development.
On every economic metric the Glen Innes Severn LGA Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing Industry over-indexes against Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI), which presents a major risk to the sustainability of our local economy, especially in times of drought.
An agri-innovation business development program to leverage agriculture for tourism and business-related opportunities to expand the agri-economy through value-adding and value chain development was delivered by Regionality with twelve participants and funded by Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
This report was commissioned by Glen Innes Severn Council, funded under the Building Better Regions Fund, and undertaken by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI). It was motivated by the Council’s desire to examine the Shire’s workforce challenges and understand the future of jobs in the region.
The report seeks to develop a workforce attraction and retention strategy for the Glen Innes Severn Local Government Area (LGA) as envisaged under the Glen Innes Highlands Economic Development Strategy 2020-2040 and its Action Plan 2020-20205.
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.
Glen Innes Highlands were successful in securing a place to become a Neighbourlytics Launch City. Launch Cities is a purpose built program giving innovative local governments the opportunity to establish a wellbeing analytics baseline for their municipality, and empower decision-making through developments in data.
Why measure wellbeing?
To truly optimise our places, we need to launch a revolution in how we understand quality of life. We need to change the way we measure performance, by combining traditional measures of success with direct measurement of population wellbeing.
Our places are complex, diverse, dynamic and rapidly evolving. We believe wellbeing is the missing piece of the puzzle that can help places to assess their community’s needs and measure their progress. By putting citizen wellbeing at the centre of city governance, we can change the way we measure and understand city performance.
With human-centred analytics, we can use wellbeing as a framework to guide investment in technology and infrastructure for our places. Through quantitative measurement of Social, Economic, Physical, and Community Prosperity, we create a baseline and establish benchmarks to guide budgetary planning and resource allocation, as well as monitor and evaluate program impact over time.
Designed to inspire readers to visit our region, consider moving to our region and invest in our region, the Glen Innes Highlands Guide is a must-have for those exploring our area.
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.
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