Glen Innes Highlands is ideal for tree-changers, people who can telecommute, semi-retirees and active retirees; boutique / specialist agricultural producers, artisans and manufacturers; and the ‘creative’ professions such as architects and designers. The retiree sector (for which Aged Care is a proxy) is a regional specialisation.
According to a recent survey, our tree changers over the last ten years have been across all age groups with just under half under the age of 44, almost 60% married with children and almost 54% with a Graduate or Bachelor degree. Why did they move here? Family, climate, work, community, business, country living, health, business opportunity and affordability were some of the main reasons according to our survey.
Over 20% of our tree changers visited our town before they decided to move here – there is loads to see and do, from national parks to art and culture and a whole host of annual events, markets and more – you’ll love it just as we do! Interestingly the majority of tree changers didn’t have any family connection to Glen Innes Highlands, nor did their partner.
If you’re thinking of a tree change we’re always happy to have a chat, put you in touch with some locals or discuss business opportunities that could facilitate your move to our beautiful town. Just get in touch with team at the Visitor Information Centre.
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After economic outlook, local skills gaps and opportunities, a key consideration for people thinking about relocating is what kind of lifestyle they and their families will enjoy. The best way to find out what it’s like to live in Glen Innes Highlands is to ask the locals. We did just that last year and here’s what they love about their lives in Glen Innes Highlands:
Sense of community
Locals talk about the many opportunities to get involved in their community – the surprising number of events throughout the year, the numerous social and special interest clubs and organisations.
Want to learn tai chi in a vast manicured park? You can do that in Glen Innes Highlands. Want to socialise whilst you practise your craft? Join a group (spinners, knitters, needle pointers and more) for a regular get-together over a cup of tea.
A quarter of locals over 15 do volunteer work, and a quarter also donate time to care for others. What better indicator of the sense of community?
One of the big draw cards for everyone who’s made the move to Glen Innes Highlands are the 4 distinct seasons. The landscape is perpetually changing, there’s no humidity, hot summer days are a rarity and even the occasional snow fall adds to the pleasure of life in the highlands. And cool climate gardening has its own special joys.
Best of the country lifestyle
Glen Innes Highlands has everything you need, and nothing you don’t. The pace of life is one of the biggest drawcards for people relocating from cities. It’s being able to combine the best of country life style and the best of a country town. The air is fresh, there are so many options for outdoor activity, and the freedom to run and play safely.
For all Glen Innes Highlands’ country tranquillity, nothing’s far away. It’s 2 hours to a beach, and 2 hours to Moree’s hot springs. Toowoomba, Brisbane and the Gold Coast are a half day’s drive. Sydney is a short flight away, medical specialists are easily reached. And Glen Innes Highlands’ location at the junction of the New England and Gwydir Highways make travel in all directions easy.
Many locals walk to work, and for those who drive, the average commute is a relaxed 7 minutes. There are no road tolls and parking is free.
Visitors to Glen Innes Highlands invariably comment on our beautifully preserved and restored town centre, the extensive and tranquil Anzac Park, and the World Heritage National Parks on our doorstep. It’s hard to underestimate the pleasure of working and living in such a beautiful environment.
Dollars go further in Glen Innes Highlands. Properties (commercial, agricultural and residential) are cheaper. Houses average under $200,000 and commercial property values have remained steady.
Blocks are large, often with room for the kids to have horses or to park an RV. There’s plenty of available land on the edge of town. Families can buy more house for their money. Pre-retirees are especially attracted to the area to start new businesses.
The average residential rent is $843 per month.
Lifelong learning culture
Childcare, pre-school, primary and secondary schools are available here in Glen Innes Highlands, as is the TAFE campus. Universities are also handy, with campuses in Armidale, Coﬀs Harbour and Lismore and a UNE Study Centre based locally in our library.
TAFE courses include several in high growth areas such as Health Support, Early Childhood Education & Care, Individual Support (Ageing, Home & Community), Tourism & Hospitality.