Community Profile

The Glen Innes Highlands community comprises of both rural and urban residents, including the villages of Glencoe, Red range, Deepwater and Emmaville and the hamlets of Wellingrove, Wytaliba, Dundee and Glen Elgin. Whilst there is great diversity in the Highlands community there is also a great unity within the community spirit.

Our community is a diverse mix of traditional, established and new families. The Ngoorabul people who lived in this area called their home Gindaaydjin, meaning ‘plenty of big round stones on clear plains’. Large granite boulders are a common feature of the local landscape, none more famous than Balancing Rock. Many Ngarabal people continue to live in the Glen Innes Highlands area and still celebrate their historic ties to the region, practice many aspects of their way of life and share their culture with visitors.

The early settlers in the area were mostly Scots. The first to settle here was a Cambridge-educated barrister from Selkirkshire named Archibald Boyd. In 1838 he established what is now known as Stonehenge Station. Glen Innes Highlands is now home to a strong population with both Celtic and traditional backgrounds. Some farms in the area that have been in the same family for over 150 years. Such strong roots within the community creates a wonderful foundation and solidity that many places currently do not enjoy.

Key drivers of the Glen Innes Highlands economy are the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector; followed by the Construction; Public Administration and Safety; Accommodation and Food Services; and Health Care and Social Assistance sectors. The region has significant and growing specialisations in livestock and horticulture industries. Other important industries include tourism and the new and growing renewable energy sector. Visit our website to find out more about new projects on the horizon.

Glen Innes Highlands is a terrific place to raise a family, semi-retire and make that change to your lifestyle that brings you closer to community, culture and nature. For more information about visiting, living or investing in Glen Innes Highlands, please contact Glen Innes Severn Council – telephone 02 6730 2300.

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