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Whether you’re from the region and looking to return, a mobile skilled migrant or looking for a tree-change, Glen Innes Highlands can offer more than a relaxed lifestyle.
Working in a rural town can introduce new challenges in developing and learning new skills and an opportunity to discover new passions.
There is no doubt that a change to a rural location fundamentally changes the way you live and the way you work.
If you’re looking for a cleaner lifestyle, time and space to learn new skills, a way of reducing costs to start your long-held business idea, make an investment into a small community then working in a rural location could be the answer.
Just decide - do you want to 'Live to Work' or 'Work to Live'?
Tree-changers are flocking to Glen Innes Highlands and it’s not just about family ties. With a huge variety of things to do and see, it’s no wonder families and active retirees are choosing to move to Glen Innes Highlands.
Couple Jai Brummell and husband Michael, both 34, moved to Glen Innes Highlands from Newcastle for “the pace ...we had enough of the rat race,” and to offer their children, Josephine, 6, and Eleanor, 3, the rural experience.
There was also the appeal of being closer to motor mechanic Michael’s parents on the farm where he grew up. “We love the amazing attractions on our doorstep” says Jai, National parks, Boundary Falls, Mann River; we do a lot of bushwalking.
And the local amenities are fantastic especially the refurbished heated swimming pool.”
Michael and Jai say they enjoy the town’s many social amenities, as members of the New England Club and Glen Innes and District Services Club.
Kate Weir, a Veterinarian, visited Glen Innes often while studying and undertaking practical work.
She shared with her husband-to-be, Ian, a love of the national parks “We spent days walking in the parks while dating,” she recalls.
Glen Innes Highlands lifestyle is what you want it to be – it’s wide-ranging festivals and events has special appeal for the Weirs: “We love the [Australian] Celtic Festival, the Machinery Show which comes to town and the Glen Innes Show in February,” Kate says.
The temperate climate, too, appeals after her former home on a farm in the often sweltering Gold Coast hinterland. Kate praises the welcoming, relaxed lifestyle “a very nice town with friendly people; you can always walk down the street and have a chat.”
Regional Australian Institute release a report on April 2019 which loos into the implications of both the opportunities and challenges of the future work in Australia’s regions.
A move away from primary and secondary industries to service industries.
The drivers recognised in this shift are some of the mega-trends including automation and the surge in digital technologies and how Regional Learning Systems will pay an important role in delivering the skills needed for future jobs in regional and rural areas.
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