Business Opportunities

We Welcome Your Business

McKinlay Shire, in the heart of north-west Queensland, is renowned for producing some of the best beef in Australia. Over one-third of north-west Queensland's gross wealth is produced within the Shire and is derived primarily through agriculture - beef and sheep production, and mining - silver, lead and zinc with further potential to extract Vanadium, shale oil and hot rock (geothermal) energy generation. Along with mining, cattle and sheep production, the Shire also offers an ideal environment for business and industry growth in the sectors of tourism, transport, alternative energy production and mining service industries.

If you are looking to relocate your operations, or establish a new business, we invite you to consider the advantages of McKinlay Shire:

Location, Location, Location

Julia Creek is strategically located on the Flinders Highway - one of the most important interstate road routes in Australia. McKinlay and Kynuna are also located on the national highway network on the Landsborough Highway - the major inland route from Brisbane and southern states to Darwin.

Julia Creek is the major administrative and business centre of the Shire. With a growing population currently sitting at 500, it makes an ideal place to base a business to service the surrounding region including Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Winton, Richmond, Hughenden, Karumba and Normanton

Low Prices

McKinlay Shire has a relatively low cost of living compared to the Queensland average. Coupled with very reasonable land prices, it all adds up to a winning edge to help your business get started.

Opportunities galore

There is a wealth of opportunities to establish a business in McKinlay Shire. From small business in towns, buying a farming property, starting a new tourism venture, to establishing an industry, there is bound to be an opportunity for you.
Industrial land serviced with water, sewerage, telephone, sealed roads and electricity is available in Julia Creek. Most of these sites have the advantage of being close to the central business district and rail and freight services.

A Great Way of Life

With its classic, outback lifestyle, extremely low crime rate and friendly communities, McKinlay Shire is a great place to live and work and is an ideal location to raise a family. Julia Creek offers many civic and commercial services, including shopping, sports facilities, social venues, medical services, Queensland Government agencies, primary school, childcare and Post Office.

How we can help?

McKinlay Shire Council takes a progressive approach to encourage business and industry to set up in our area. Council can provide new and emerging businesses with various kinds of assistance to help them establish and grow in the Shire. Council will also liaise with State and Federal government departments to help you find out about the various assistance programs available to business and industry.

For more information about how we can help you, contact McKinlay Shire Council on phone: (07) 4746 7166.

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