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The Glen Innes Severn Local Government Area


The Glen Innes Severn Local Government Area (LGA) contains the township of Glen Innes, the villages of Emmaville, Deepwater, Red Range and Glencoe, and the hamlets of Glen Elgin, Wellingrove, Wytaliba, and Dundee.

Glen Innes Severn LGA is located within the Federal Seat of New England, and the State Seat of the Northern Tablelands.

The original inhabitants of the area were the Ngoorabul people.

The first European settlers to the district were Scottish. For this reason, Glen Innes Severn LGA is known as Celtic Country, and is the home of the Australian Standing Stones. This national monument to the area's Celtic pioneers consists of  40 granite monoliths. Of these, there is a circle of 24 stones representing 24 hours of the day, three central stones, four cardinal stones marking true north, east, south and west, and seven stones marking summer and winter solstices, the longest and shortest days of the year.  They are unique in the southern hemisphere and reflect Glen Innes's  Celtic heritage.  The Standing Stones are the focus of The Australian Celtic Festival, which is held each autumn.  To find out more about the Australian Standing Stones and the Australian Celtic Festival, click here.

The Glen Innes Severn LGA is growing and thriving. The population is approximately 8793 (2006 census). The local economy is strongly based on agriculture (41.9%), with a significant tourism/service sector (32%) also operating. The remainder of the economy is made up of retail trade (14%), and health and community services (12.1%). Opportunity exists for most forms of agriculture. The area is well suited for stud livestock enterprises, equestrain pursuits and intensive livestock industries.

The Glen Innes Severn LGA is located near the crest of the Great Dividing Range, with an elevation of 1062m.


Economic Development


One of Council’s principal activities is to increase and strengthen business and employment opportunities with the Local Government Area (LGA). To facilitate this activity, the Glen Innes Severn Council Economic Development Strategy was introduced in 2008. It contains the following strategic actions:
  • Ensure a cohesive, united level of governance that provides customer service excellence;
  • Network and market economic development opportunities targeting business expansion/relocation and residential relocation;
  • Maintain and enhance public open spaces for recreation to enhance the lifestyles of residents and visitors;
  • Continue to provide an effective and sustainable community service role both within Council and the region;
  • Provide ongoing support to the Australian Celtic Festival and assistance to other community and cultural events;
  • Support tourism development, destination marketing, industry co-operation and expansion alighned with consumer trends;
  • Development of the Glen Innes Regional Saleyards Business Plan and associated redevelopment proposals.
 Major challenges related to Economic Development include:
  • Significant population loss of young people aged between 18 to 35;
  • Provision of adequate facilities for an ageing population;
  • Lack of funding for upgrading road infrastructure;
  • Providing the emerging technology and infrastructure e.g. broadband services needed for creative employment opportunities;
  • Promoting Glen Innes as a centre with a lifelong learning culture and providing new initiatives for engaging community talent, skills and participation.

 Council is currently updating its Economic Development Strategy, with input from interested residents and other stakeholders, including Regional Development Australia – Northern Inland and Industry and Investment NSW - State and Regional Development and Tourism.  

For more information about the development of this strategy, please contact Graham Price on 6730 2365.  

Glen Innes Severn Council Economic Development Strategy

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