July 2022

Local Tourism & Events News

This month's newsletter brings you the latest updates on tourism projects, events, and business opportunities relevant to local businesses in the tourism industry.

We're midway through winter and this time of year is a great opportunity for local businesses and accommodation providers to get on board and offer some extra warmth for those seeking a winter retreat and fantastic hospitality.

Recently at the Visitor Information Centre, we have been seeing many day-trippers on the weekends (mostly couples on off-peak holidays & first-time visitors). And regular snow chasers from over the border have started their weekly phone calls in the hope of seeing some falls this season. They just love the chance to wear their big jackets, beanies and scarves, and hopefully experience snow close to home!

Please let us know if you are offering a new product, experience or event. Email the details and any promotional material or imagery to [email protected]. You can also upload your event or experience to the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse to leverage a larger audience of potential visitors/customers. 

Rhonda Bombell
Tourism & Events Officer
Economic Development Team
Glen Innes Severn Council
Local Tourism Updates

Geotourism Experience Development Underway for Glen Innes Skywalk at Centennial Parklands

Production has begun on the development of themes and concepts that visitors will experience along the Hilltop walk and viewing areas of the Glen Innes Skywalk at Centennial Parklands. 
The design, production and delivery of the Skywalk Geotourism visitor experience have been procured to deliver hyper-local mapping technology with audio and Augmented Reality (AR).

A partnership with Naveze, Production Group and Cutting Edge, industry innovators and leaders will deliver 22 audio stories and 360-degree drone footage with AR integrated into a hyper-local mapping platform.

Emmaville Mining Museum Participation in Standards Program

The Emmaville Mining Museum is taking part in the 2022 Museums & Galleries of NSW Standards Program. This will assist the museum in developing a strategic plan through an extensive self-review, visits from consultants, and the formation of an action plan to assist ongoing improvements and succession planning, ensuring the museum continues to draw visitors from all over Australia. 

Bouldering - New Tourism Product

Members of the University of New England (UNE) Outdoor Adventure Club took part in a day of bouldering at Stonehenge Recreation Reserve to assist with the creation of new content to feature on the Glen Innes Highlands website.

The inclusion and promotion of information about this growing sport via our website will help to attract boulderers from local and international markets, supported by links such as thecrag.com - the largest collaborative rock climbing and bouldering platform.

Electric Vehicle Destination Charging Grants

Businesses can apply for funding to invest in Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations for their premises. With EV owners planning trips around charging locations, an investment in EV charging by your business can: 

  • attract new visitors to your site 
  • enhance your visitors’ experience  
  • increase the average length of time visitors spend at your site  
  • enable you to promote your location and EV charging facilities through online charging maps, future EV tourist drives, and word-of-mouth

Applications close 5pm, Friday 23 September, 2022. 
Learn more.

Local Business Opportunities & Industry Updates

Glen Innes Highlands Hub on Track for September Opening

The Glen Innes Highlands community is just months away from having access to an innovative new space to connect, create, innovate and grow.

Multiple new offices and an inspiring training facility within the new Highlands Hub premises on Grey Street in Glen Innes will offer dedicated space for co-working, meetings, workshops, training, and business events to take place. For more information, contact Council's Community and Business Development Officer, Stevie Newsome.

Image: Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall recently inspected the progress of the Highlands Hub. 

Single-use Plastic Ban Support & Resources

It's time for small businesses to make the move away from single-use plastics. The recent ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags came into effect on 1 June 2022 and additional single-use plastic bans will take effect in November. Advice and support is available to businesses, community organisations and consumers. 
Learn more. 

Guide to Successful Grant Writing

Regional Development Australia Central West's Guide to Successful Grant Writing has been developed to help individuals and organisations to develop an understanding of how to apply for funding assistance.
Learn more.

Fee-Free Training

Could your business do with a boost in training? The NSW Government is leading a state skill-led recovery to help more people get the skills they need for the jobs they want. Eligibility for NSW JobTrainer has been extended to give broader access to fully subsidised training, for people who want to learn new skills anywhere in NSW.

Learn more.

Free Flu Shots

From 1 June to 17 July 2022, Influenza (flu) vaccinations are available and free to all NSW residents over the age of 6 months at the following locations: 
  • GPs for everyone aged 6 months +
  • Pharmacies for everyone aged 5 years +

Make an appointment with your GP or Pharmacist to get vaccinated. Businesses may also wish to let their employees know how they can boost their immunity for the rest of winter. 

Learn more. 


Keep up to date with the latest GLENRAC events taking place to assist regional businesses and community groups. 

Upcoming July Events: 

  • 28 July - Grant Writing Workshop for Community Group Committees
  • 29 July - Communications Workshop for Community Group Committees
Learn more. 

National Visitor Survey Results - March 2022

For the latest statistics snapshot regarding how residents travelled in NSW, check out Tourism Research Australia's (TRA) National Visitor Survey Results for the March 2022 quarter.  

Learn more.

For more information on available grants and funding opportunities, check out Council's latest 
Grants and Funding Opportunities News.

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Local Event Updates

Australian Celtic Festival Local Business Survey

Local businesses and key stakeholders received an invitation to complete a survey regarding feedback from this year's Australian Celtic Festival in May. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your valuable comments and hope to incorporate positive actions into the 2023 Operational Plan.

Local Marketing and Promotion Updates

Glen Innes Highlands on Social Media 

If you are sharing content on social media that is relevant to our visitors, businesses, and community, be sure to tag us in your posts, as we regularly share local content via our Glen Innes Highlands Facebook and Instagram accounts. 

Include the following tags in your social media posts:
Facebook: @GlenInnesHighlands
Instagram: @gleninneshighland #gleninneshighlands

Position Available:
Marketing Executive
(Replacement Position)

Permanent Full-Time (35 hrs/wk)
From $73,918 per annum (plus super)
Monthly Rostered Day Off (RDO)

Our team is looking for a new Marketing Executive to work on the Glen Innes Highlands, Australian Celtic Festival, Minerama Fossicking Gem & Jewellery Show, New England High Country and Emmaville Mining Museum brands and delivery of the associated marketing plans and advertising campaigns.

Our ideal candidate will have a passion for brand, destination and event marketing.

Applicants who want to work in a role where they can make a difference and be part of an inspired team should apply now or contact Margot Davis regarding any questions.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 02 6730 2403

Click here for full details and to apply.

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