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.
- 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.
- Other Abattoirs in Australia that have previously operated, in current operation and proposed.
- 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
nwq-abattoir-investment opportunities 2012
As the information in the study was dated to 2010 the following charts are updated information to 2014
Chart 1. Live cattle exported from North Queensland ports.
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
- ‘Ambitions high for new abattoir….” ABC Rural. 29.05.2015
July 2014. Maronoa council is seeking $75,000 to conduct a feasibility study into the establishment of an abattoir to process beef, sheep and goats. Proposal is reliant on a new airport at Toowoomba currently being built, rail link improvements that are proposed to Miles and extension of the rail from there to Roma.
- July. Maronoa Regional Council seeking funding of $75,000 from state and Federal government to budget for ‘high level feasibility’ study into establishment of a beef, sheep and game meat abattoir at Roma.1
- Wellcamp Airport at Toowoomba is being constructed and could open new opportunities to Asia, Middle East.1
- Proposed upgrades to inland rail infrastructure.1
- Rail improvments to finish at Miles1
- some private sector interest had been shown from a delegation from Asia1
- Not looking to compete with Charleville (QLD) goat abattoir.1
- Charleville abattoir currently operating at capacity with 80% of the feral goats coming from Surat Basin area.1
- Council looking for ways to soften downturn in the economy that is predicted to hit once the resource boom subsides.1
- ‘Roma ramps up abattoir study’ QLD Country Life 31.07.2014
- Proposal investigated 2012
Source – Hema Australia Handy map 9th edition.
- October.DAFF release Feasibility study and investment report for Cloncurry proposal2
- Study conducted and handed to North Beef consultants Oct 20121
- Nth West QLD – report – commercial viability
- Proposal to process 400 head a day = 100,000 head a year3
- Infrastructure would cost $49M, doesn’t include land, services required by governement.3
- Match of investment by government expect $10 – $28M3
- Operating costs at Cloncurry would be higher due to input and output freight costs3
- Throughput of livestock would be detrimental in to mainly Townsville abattoir3
- Model suggest $41 head supply chain cost saving due to freight, processor would retain 40-60% to cover freight costs.3
- Nth West QLD – report – opportunities
- Would be expect to draw 170,000 head a year of slaughter ready cattle4
- NW QLD 96,000 head4
- NT 14,000 head4
- locals/culls 5,000 head4
- Expected starting estimate of 115,000 head to be able to process.4
- Expected Hot standard carcase weight (HSCW) is the weight of carcase after slaughter4
- Bulls all weights. Make up market supply of 10-15%4
- Trade cows 180kg – 350kg. Make up market supply of 20-30%4
- Young steers/Heifers 235-350kg Make up market supply of 30-45%4
- Grass fed/grain fed Steers/bullocks 265-350kg Make up market supply of 10-20%4
- Jo Bloomfield. Note at yield of 50% these HSCW mean liveweights of cows to be minimum 360kg, Young steers 470kg and heavy steers 530kg.
- Payroll estimates 220 employees, would require non traditional shift structure, and use of 457 visas and would compete with mining and resource sectors4
- marginal return expected on investment4
- ‘Northern plants jockey for processing position’ Stock Journal 25.10.12
- ‘Minister favours Cloncurry abattoir’ QLD Country Life 11.10.12
- Evaluating commercial viability of an northern outback QLD meat processing facility (2012)
- Nth West QLD abattoirs, opportunities (2012)