Key Economic Development Projects

KEY PROJECTS FOR LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Here are the current Top 5 initiatives to improve socio-economic prosperity in  Glen Innes Highlands

 

1. 'ATTRACT, CONNECT, STAY' HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE PILOT

 

Attract, Connect, Stay is a two-year project funded by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and auspiced by Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) - the peak body representing rural and remote allied health professionals.

Three local government areas (LGAs) in north-western NSW have been selected to participate in a research project to address their long-standing health workforce shortages. Glen Innes, Gwydir Shire and Narrabri LGAs will work with a research team headed by Dr Cath Cosgrave to establish, fund and manage a Health Workforce Recruiter & Connector (HWRC) position.

Glen Innes Severn Council, among others, was contacted by Dr Cath Cosgrave regarding the opportunity to participate in a program earlier this year.  Council quickly contacted Cath and a workshop was organised and facilitated which included residents, Grow Glen Innes Think Tank registrants and healthcare professionals from across the private and public sector.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) to participate in the program was then submitted by Council with the help of workshop participants to leverage this unique opportunity to start to address some of our local healthcare challenges.

Download the EOI

NEXT STEPS:  A co-design workshop was conducted to progress with defining the governance and management structure.  The meeting participants agreed to nominate a working group to take this forward which includes:

1. Carol Sparks - Mayor

2. Michael McNamara

3. Sheryn Nourse

4. Karen Munster

Should you wish to be introduced to the working group or have any questions please email mdavsi@gisc.nsw.gov.au.

 

2. NEW ENGLAND RAIL TRAIL (NERT)

THE NEW RAIL TRAIL WILL BRING ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO ALL TOWNS AND VILLAGES FROM GLEN INNES TO ARMIDALE.​

  • Rail trails bring significant economic and community benefits to regional areas.

  • This project is expected to deliver $5.8million annually into the local economy.

  • 15,000 day visits, 14,000 overnight visits annually leading to the creation of 26 new full-time equivalent jobs (REMPLAN 2019).

PRESERVING THE RAIL CORRIDOR FOR FUTURE USE.

  • It's a common misconception that the rail trail will stop any future alternative uses of the rail trail. This is simply incorrect - the rail trail project will actually preserve the corridor for future use.
  • An act of NSW parliament will be required to close the rail corridor and transfer ownership from Transport NSW to Crown lands.  Alternatives are being investigated based on learnings from the two pilot projects which will guide governance and alternatives to  transferring ownership.
  • The creation of a rail trail does not prevent opening of a rail line at any time in the future.
  • All artefacts and relics can be preserved for potential static displays in the train stations.
  • There are 5 bridges along the Armidale to Ben Lomond route. Most of these will be retained (with upgrades) or replaced with pre-fabricated bridges.
  • The rail corridor will remain in public hands and ARC and GISC would assume responsibility for the rail trail including annual maintenance.

FUNDING RECEIVED FOR GLEN INNES TO BEN LOMOND SECTION.

  • Funding was confirmed on 30 June 2021 from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund (BLER) to the value of $8.7 Million.
  • "I especially welcome the $8.7 million to Glen Innes Severn Council for stage one of the New England Rail Trail from Glen Innes to Ben Lomond," Mr Joyce said. 
  • Armidale Regional Council have a further funding application in for the Armidale to Ben Lomond Section to the Building Better Regions Fund with an outcome expected September 2021.

WHY THE NEW ENGLAND RAIL TRAIL?

  • Rail trails are safe, wheelchair accessible off-road pathways for the whole family to enjoy.
  • They promote active living transport routes for tourists and locals, encouraging nature and environmental appreciation and awareness.
  • They take advantage of under utilised assets and help promote the country, attracting visitors from the city who will stay and spend tourist dollars with local businesses, generating jobs with cycling now the 4th most popular physical activity for adult Australians.
  • Rail trails bring significant economic and community benefits to regional areas. This project is expected to deliver $5.8million annually into the local economy. 15,000 day visits, 14,000 overnight visits annually leading to the creation of 26 new full-time equivalent jobs (REMPLAN 2019
  • Rail trails ensure the preservation of rail heritage assets including bridges, tunnels and cuttings. They also preserve the rail corridor for all other future uses.

Stay connected via:

New England High Country NSW OFFICIAL Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/newenglandrailtrailnsw

NERT Organisations facebook page

Key Documents:

NERT Final report

NERT Biosecutity Risk Assessment & Biosecurity Plan

NERT Business Case - BLER application - Glen Innes

NERT Business Case - Armidale to Glen Innes

NERT Community Information Pack - 02.08.2021

Community Survey and further consultation

You can complete the online survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NERT

DROP IN SESSIONS TO TALK  ALL THINGS RAIL TRAIL

When: Wednesday 27 October 2021
Times:
1. 12pm – 2pm
2. 5pm – 7pm
Location: Glen Innes Library – Willian Gardner Room

3. GROW GLEN INNES THINK TANK (GGITT)

GGITT was launched on 31 March 2020 with a local social media campaign which reached 5,423 people; an email campaign to 1,305 recipients with a 43% open rate; radio interviews with 2CBD and ABC New England North West; an article on Highlands Business Hub shared to Local Business and community pages. The GGITT was also added to the Glen Innes Highlands/Invest and Council websites.

This resulted in 50 registrations as at 21.06.2021 with more expected to register with consistent and ongoing promotion.

There are a range of topics which people can register an interest; these include but are not limited to:

  1. Housing Now and in the Future;
  2. Our Next Generation;
  3. Local Jobs Program and Workforce;
  4. Strengthening Liveability for Growth;
  5. Population Mobility, Retention and Attraction;
  6. Agri-Innovation and Diversification; and
  7. Healthcare – Attract, Connect, Stay Community Project.

Register here

 

4. CENTENNIAL PARKLANDS SKYWALK

The proposed Skywalk is part of the master concept plan designed to improve utilisation and attraction of the parklands and showcase Celtic and Ngoorabul connections and culture. 

The project has been awarded $2M funding under the Public Spaces Legacy Program.

Find out more

5. HIGHLANDS BUSINESS & COMMUNITY HUB

PHYSICAL

This project will create a central, physical co-working space which provides expert support, connections and a community for start-ups and entrepreneurs to grow and scale their business. 

This is a key initiative from the new Economic Development Strategy 2020-2040 & Action Plan 2020-2025.

Funding has been granted for $616,000 through the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund which will enable the fit-out for a suitable training facility to run workshops and programs, as well as enabling the attraction of more conferences and business events.

DIGITAL

This was launched in April 2020 to address the estimated $200M leakage of business from the local economy. There are now 87 businesses and 128 users registered as at end April 2021.  

View the platform here: https://highlandshub-business.localised.com.au/

The updated platform will include community, jobs and mentouring and will be launched in 2021-22 financial year.

 

 

COMING SOON:

  1. Escape Rooms
  2. Workforce Attractions Strategy / Local Jobs Program
  3. Housing Assessment & Future Strategy
  4. Powerhouse Museum Business Case
  5. Liveability Toolkit
  6. Resiliance Planning & Support with Monash University
  7. Neighbourlytics Social Prosperity Scoring
  8. Black Summer Bushfire Funding submissions
  9. GROW Glen Innes THINK TANKs
    1. ​Underutilised assets audit
    2. 100 year concept plan for Glen Innes
    3. Housing
  10. New England High Country Soundtrails Launch

For the latest news from Glen Innes Highlands (Council) please see our news page.

Margot Davis - 02 67 302 403 

Manager Economic Development

Glen Innes Severn Council