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New date for High Country Writers Fest 2021

MARK YOUR DIARIES for the third annual High Country Writers Festival on Saturday December 11 at The Makers Shed, 123 Grey Street Glen Innes Highlands, and nearby Glen Innes Severn Public & TAFE Library.
Join us for a small-scale event featuring New England-based authors in conversation for book-loving New Englanders. In 2021 we welcome the participation of New England Writers’ Centre.
The full program will be announced in October.
Come and join us for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, illustrations and more.
Bookmark the festival home page, at which bookings will open in October, and see you there!

HIGHLANDS HUB – ONLINE & CO-WORKING SPACE

Things are about to ‘get connected’ for our community with a physical and online space for our community to connect, create, innovate and grow.
$616,000 FUNDING SECURED FOR HIGHLANDS HUB CO-WORKING SPACE which is to be located at the ‘Old Holden Building’. The grant will be spent on fit-out, equipment as well as programs and workshops.
We’re currently working on the lease, fit-out design & costing for Council approval in September.
HIGHLNAD HUB ONLINE EXPANDING to include the whole of community. We launched Highlands Business Hub a while back and have over 82 local businesses signed up, but this was just the start.
We’ve been re-designing the platform with Localised to create a whole-of-community resource that will link business, community, community groups, jobs and careers all in the one place.
We intend to use local suppliers and we’ll be recruiting a contracted role for a Highlands Hub Coordinator.

HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE PILOT – OUR EOI WAS SUCCESSFULL!

I’m happy to announce that our EOI for the “Attract Connect Stay” research project has been successful.
Council now needs to facilitate delivering the governance model submitted as a part of the EOI and to establish three (3) groups:
1. the Independent Local Healthcare Governance Group (ILHGG);
2. Key Support Group (KSG); and 3. Key Workforce Needs Group (KWNG).
To nominate or express your interest, Council requests interested persons to complete the online form here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HealthcareEOI

FREE FASTTRACK 1/2 HR CONSULTATION WITH @BRANDLOCAL

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Yoga teacher - YOGA WITH BRON

Yoga/gentle stretches

The gentle stretches on Monday at 9.30 for men and 2.30 for mixed have become very popular and participants are loving the full body stretch from eyes to toes.  1 hr class for $7, these classes are help in clean, covid safe surroundings at life choices – behind kings gym.

Yoga classes Tuesday 5.30 -7pm at the Community centre,  grey St, $16

Yoga classes Wednesday 3.30 -5pm at life choices $20

All welcome and practice at your own level.  0407589035

New England Rail Trail – funding announced!

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.
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).
Thanks to the great work by Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) and their thorough business case we know what the benefits will be.

User Testers Wanted!

Highlands Hub – Business is expanding to include Community and Community Groups, Jobs, Careers and Community profiles.

We’re almost there and need to conduct some user testing to eek out the bugs and breaks!

If you’ve got 1 hour spare to help out, please get in touch with Amy from Localised at hello@localised.com.au

SKYWALK TO BE BUILT!

A NEW ICONIC PLACE & ATTRACTION has made it right through to being funded for $2 million. This will be a great addition to our town incorporating Aboriginal, Celtic, Cosmic and Geotourism into the experience whilst redeveloping Martin’s Lookout. A place I remember fondly as a teenager 😉. Thanks Adam Marshall and Carol Sparks for believing in this idea and helping to make it happen.
And there is more to come for improving local amenity whilst building our tourism product and diversifying our local economy.
Business & Community Support - Highlands Hub

LOCAL JOBS PROGRAM & WORKFORCE ATTRACTION – Open for registration

GROW Glen Innes THINK TANK will be busy in June with two workshops planned to help solve local issues and deliver actions from the Economic Development Strategy.
1. HEALTHCARE – ‘Attract, Connect, Stay’ Healthcare Project with Dr Catherine Cosgrove – registration now closed.
2. LOCAL JOBS PROGRAM & WORKFORCE ATTRACTION – Open for registration
WHEN: FRIDAY 11 JUNE
TIME: 10AM – 12PM
TO REGISTER:
1. Complete your THINK TANK registration here – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GROWGI
2. Please RSVP to me via mdavis@gisc.nsw.gov.au following your registration
BACKGROUND & CONTEXT:
This workshop is to deliver against the following Action Items under the:
PEOPLE – IMPROVE SOCIO-ECONOMIC WELLBEING & PROSPERITY Strategic Pillar.
Firstly we will hear from Kim whom will present the Jobs & Skills Gaps Research and the draft Workforce Attraction Strategy.
We will then take a deeper look at the recommendations and workshop how this can deliver a Local jobs Program.
Marketing Executive - Glen Innes Severn Council
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New Advertising Opportunity For Local Business!

The Glen Innes Highlands Visitor Guide is our core marketing tool for tourism. This year’s visitor guide will be a 60-page coffee-table book that combines the essential information visitors’ demand with stunning imagery, experiences and inspiring stories from our region to encourage people to visit, live and invest in Glen Innes Highlands.

Local businesses, experiences and attractions are encouraged to consider this advertising opportunity in the visitor guide and on the Glen Innes Highlands website.

20,000 visitor guides will be distributed through 60 Visitor Information Centres in NSW and QLD as well as on the Glen Innes Highlands website and promoted through our social media channels.

Digital display ads will run on gleninneshighlands.com which sees over 5,800 unique visitors each month extending your reach to new audiences and driving awareness of local shops, experiences and attractions.

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