Julia Creek (Proposed May 2015)

Julia Creek is 1 of 10 sites included in a study looking at the potential location of a new meat processing facility in Northern QLD.

Other Names

Current Operation

  • Proposal put forward for development of an abattoir near Julia Creek May 20151


  • Julia Creek is located in North West QLD, 250km East of Mt Isa and 637km west of Townsville.

Julia Creek

Julia Creek #2.

  • Other Abattoirs in Australia that have previously operated, in current operation and proposed.
    Australian Abattoirs


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  • Study was conducted to investigate the viability of a new meat processing facility in northern Outback QLD
    • Compare alternative potential locations in the study zone, Charters Towers, Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek, Cloncurry, Mt Isa, Normanton, Winton, Longreach & Georgetown

Evaluating the commercial viability of a northern outback QLD meat processing facility – DAFF 2012

nq-abattoir-study-executive-summary 2012

nwq-abattoir-investment opportunities 2012

As the information in the study was dated to 2010 the following charts are updated information to 2014
LE cattle from Nth QLD. 01.06.2015_edited-1Chart 1. Live cattle exported from North Queensland ports.

NT cattle to other states. 02.06.2015_edited-1

Chart 2. Northern Territory sourced cattle exported to other states for sale, breeding, finishing and slaughter.


  • May. McKinlay Shire Council will meet with potential investors to consider a proposal to build an abattoir1
  • Facility would cost $80M, capable of processing 200,000 cattle per year1
    • No investors had commited to the project yet1
    • “We would hope that the Federal Government would talk to us and support us with this” McKinlay Mayor Belinda Murphy1
  • Other QLD towns were also considering abattoir building possibilities – Hughenden and Charters Towers1
    • Generally accepted that while there was great potential for a new abattoir in North QLD, there was not enough demand for a second one.1


  1. ‘Ambitions high for new abattoir….” ABC Rural. 29.05.2015

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