Local Industry Policy
Council’s Local Industry Policy provides for a 10 per cent discount for goods and services delivered by local businesses when competing with those from out-of-town.
Business Incentive Fund
Provides assistance to businesses wishing to relocate to Glen Innes or for existing businesses to expand.
Council has allocated $10,000 this year to develop the shire’s economic brand and a relocation prospectus to encourage people and businesses to relocate to Glen Innes.
Removal Cost Allocation
An annual financial allocation to assist with removal costs for new doctors coming to town.
Development Assessment Unit
Developers can meet with Council staff to simplify the development application process (meetings are scheduled weekly).
Council provides financial support for a range of festivals and events (a 2017 report by Southern Cross University indicates the Australian Celtic Festival, alone, is worth about $3 million to the local economy).
Council provides financial assistance to Business in Glen for running Spend in Glen in December aimed at encouraging people to shop in Glen Innes. Council also assisted funding Business in Glen with a new event, Chill N Glen, to encourage people to visit Glen Innes in the traditional slow business period.
Tourism & business support
Financial support for the Glen Innes Highlands Visitor Association and Business in Glen; senior staff regularly attend the meetings to provide information and assistance to business.
Over the next five years signage will be updated, the first priority highway signs to encourage passing traffic into the Glen Innes CBD.
Heritage Assistance Fund
Council has a Heritage Assistance Fund to assist owners to upgrade Heritage buildings. The fund contributed to painting of Kwong Sings, the National Bank, Bruce’s Butchery and Timbs Pharmacy.
Councillors are lobbying for a passenger air service, including the possibility of charter flights, to bigger centres from the Glen Innes Airport. Councillors will also be advocating for and lobbying local State and Federal Members for decentralisation of government departments.
What makes Glen Innes Highlands perfect as a business base is its rare and ideal combination of accessibility, services and support. No two business opportunities are alike; Glen Innes Severn Council works with each new business to find the ideal solution. We also have a passionate and active business community keen to foster and support economic development.
Significant Development Committee
This meets directly with councillors and senior staff (used successfully with Woolworths, McDonalds, Wind Farms and Flying Academy).
Retail precinct upgrade
In addition, Council extensively upgraded the main street to make an attractive space and draw people into the CBD, the enlarged Town Hall car park accommodating more than 50 vehicles.
Glen Innes is at the junction of the north/south New England Highway and east/west Gwydir Highway.
Road travel distances & times
|Coffs Harbour||3 hrs|
Air travel times
|From Armidale to Sydney||1.25 hrs|
|From Toowoomba to Shanghai||11 hrs|
|From Toowoomba Beijing||12.5 hrs|
Council support contacts
|Development, Planning & Regulatory Services||[email protected]|
02 6730 2300
|Corporate & Community Services||[email protected]|
02 6730 2300
|Infrastructure Services||[email protected]|
02 6730 2300
Council employs a grants officer to ensure that all grant opportunities are followed up.