Local Industry

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Glen Innes Highlands’ major industry specialisations with the highest employment rates include agriculture, forestry & fishing, health care & social assistance, retail trade, accommodation & food services and public administration & safety.

Although not a specialisation, the region has a small manufacturing sector that produces specialty products, including hearses, digital-based photographic products, quality racing equipment for jockeys and horses, safety and automation devices and systems, auto-balers for waste management and metal piers.

A full list of industries is available within the Glen Innes Highlands REMPLAN economy profile.


Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

The agriculture, forestry & fishing industry sector makes the greatest contribution to economic output in Glen Innes Highlands and is also the largest employer.

The region’s economy has significant and growing specialisations in livestock and horticulture industries. The key livestock industries are beef cattle and sheep farming, with beef, fat lambs, and wool being the main livestock products. Poultry farms, beef feedlots, and piggeries also operate within the area.

The region has a growing horticultural sector, producing apples, stone fruits, avocados, mangos, kiwi fruit, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, vegetables, turf, macadamia nuts, pecans, chestnuts, lavender, garlic and herbs, cut flowers and nursery plants. A regional apiculture industry also exists through the local production of honey.


Health Care & Social Assistance

Glen Innes Highlands’ public sector contributes strongly to the local economy, with health care a key employment industry. The importance of the local health care industry is likely to grow in coming years, given the forecast growth in the number and proportion of older residents in the region.

The region offers many support services including welfare, housing, children’s services, aged care and disability services.

Both Glen Innes and Emmaville have hospitals. Glen Innes has an Ambulance Service of NSW station, fire station, RFS and police station. Both Emmaville and Deepwater have police on duty and there are numerous rural fire service stations located throughout the region. There are also volunteer SES units at Deepwater and Glen Innes.


Retail Trade

Glen Innes’ main street is the region’s central shopping hub, located a block from the New England Highway, housing a range of boutique stores and retailers breathing new life into our heritage buildings.

Off the main street, there are both long-established and new businesses taking advantage of more space to supply products and services for the building, construction, agricultural, renewable energy, mechanical and manufacturing industries.


Accommodation & Food Services

The accommodation & food services industry within Glen Innes Highlands is the fourth largest employer and most closely linked with the tourism sector.

There are over 200 rooms in the local accommodation market (including hotels/motels, bed and breakfasts and caravan parks) and opportunities exist to continue to grow the short-breaks and day visitor markets out of South East Queensland and the Northern Rivers region of NSW, special interest and activity-based markets, and the long-haul touring market.

Food and accomodation

Public Administration & Safety

The public administration and safety industry includes a diverse range of work activities and covers bodies engaged in state or local government legislative, executive and judicial activities. It includes bodies that set policy and oversee government programs, and bodies that provide police and correctional and detention services. The strength of the local public administration & safety industry shows a heavy reliance on the public sector in supporting Glen Innes Highlands’ economy.