Glen Innes Highlands Progressive Country

Support & Logistics

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.

Economic Development

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).

Financial support

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.

Signage upgrades

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

Brisbane4.5 hrs
Toowoomba3.5 hrs
Sydney7 hrs
Coffs Harbour3 hrs
Newscastle5.3 hrs

Air travel times

From Armidale to Sydney1.25 hrs
From Toowoomba to Shanghai11 hrs
From Toowoomba Beijing12.5 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

Grants Officer

Council employs a grants officer to ensure that all grant opportunities are followed up.

Glen Innes property

Glen Innes jobs