MEAT PROCESSING WORKS
HUGHENDEN LEADS THE CHARGE WITH BEEF EXPORT
Closure of meatworks in regional Queensland over recent years has reduced the processing options for millions of cattle raised in the state’s “Outback”. Cattle herds in this region account for over 30 per cent of the state’s total stock. Demand for beef and beef co-products from expanding Asian markets is expected to rise over the coming decades due to population growth and higher per capita incomes.
Flinders Shire Council has taken the first steps to secure the region’s place as a reliable, innovative supplier of quality Australian beef to growing markets in Asia, the Middle East and other parts of the world.
With investor interest to develop a meat processing facility and feedlot, Hughenden is expecting to see a large workforce inbound to support the initiative.
Looking for new business opportunities? This project presents stakeholders with a wealth of options.
THE CATTLE INDUSTRY
IN HUGHENDEN WE BRING THE BEEF
There is a significant demand for clean, grass-fed beef. Beef is our largest agricultural export and it’s humbling to know that our beef is enjoyed around the globe.
Rich in Flinders and Mitchell grasses, Flinders Shire offers some of the best beef-producing land in the country. With over 100 grazing properties regionally, contributing a gross $73.5 million worth of production annually, the Shire is committed to supporting the beef industry. Flinders has cattle saleyards with access to both road and rail transport, serving as a tick clearing facility. Council has dedicated two Commons and eight Reserves for use as grazing pasture with the appropriate approvals in place. With recent good rain and record cattle prices, this industry continues to be the dominant economy in the region.
A TOWN OF FIVE ROADS ON EVERY OUTBACK TRAVELLER’S MAP
We’re a little biased – but there are a lot of reasons to come and visit Hughenden. Our slice of Australia is blessed with many natural assets, but the magnificent Porcupine Gorge, located in one of the Shire’s four National Parks is a must-see for travellers. The region is uniquely rich in dinosaur and marine fossils, providing visitors to the area with a rare glimpse into the ancient past.
The town boasts a fabulous recreational lake in the heart of Hughenden, facilitating boating and swimming as well as providing a great place to picnic, in addition to three dedicated tourist drives with free camping for RVs. A jam-packed events calendar and Hughenden’s Art Trail provides something to satisfy everyone’s taste. The Council also operates the Flinders Discovery Centre and Museum along with local tours. With an average of 30,000 visitors a year, new small businesses willing to service their needs will find endless opportunities.
NEW INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
WE’RE READY WHEN YOU ARE
The Hughenden Industrial Estate is situated 2km West of the centre of Hughenden township.
The Industrial Estate covers a total area of 35.9 hectares and is zoned for purpose. All blocks in the existing estate are serviced by water, sewer and electricity reticulation.
The Estate includes a variety of enterprises such as:
- Transport Services
- Building and Concrete Supplies
- Plumbing and Gas Fitting
- Renewable Energy Facility
- Mechanical and Machinery Repairs
Land is now for sale in the second stage extension of the development. Submit enquiries to Ray White Rural in Hughenden.
CREATING A RETAIL ENVIRONMENT THAT SUPPORTS LOCAL BUSINESSES
Beautification and revitalisation of Brodie Street, Hughenden’s main retail precinct is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Works include new road surfacing, seating areas, with provision for electric vehicle and mobile phone charging. In keeping with the town’s heritage, a beautiful windmill rotunda takes centre stage.
The chief focus of the revitalisation is to attract retail growth, improve the visual appeal of the CBD and give shoppers a pleasant space to mingle and share a yarn. Regional growth in renewable energy, tourism, manufacturing and strong market prices for cattle means starting a small business in Hughenden is a rewarding venture for anyone willing to roll up their sleeves and have a go.
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY & RENEWABLES
MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES… AND THERE IS A LOT OF SUNSHINE
Flinders Shire is perfectly situated for harvesting renewable energy. Taking advantage of the high winds and sunny days, the region hosts two renewable energy farms and a third project is planned. With these enterprises up and running, Hughenden is a leader in clean energy production. As Queensland transitions into renewable energy, Flinders Shire looks to host energy sector workers, as new technologies create new opportunities.
FLINDERS SHIRE WATER STRATEGY
WATER IS LIFE
Water security is critical for the growth and development of our Shire and surrounding region. Both Flinders Shire Council and private investors have projects in the pipeline that will ensure a prosperous and sustainable future.
Council’s Hughenden Off-Stream Water Storage project is the first phase of the region’s water strategy, and will deliver economic benefits and outcomes in the short-term. The proposed water facility is located 6 kilometres north-west of Hughenden, along the Flinders River, and will hold 10,000 megalitres of water, supporting a further four horticultural farms.
In the 2022/23 budget, Council has secured a funding commitment of $26.5 million from the Queensland Government for this scheme. In addition to this, Hughenden Irrigation Project Corporation (HIPCo) is located 45 kilometres northwest of Hughenden, along the Flinders River. HIPCo plans to develop a dam with more than 150,000-megalitre holding capacity.
These two projects integrate to form the Flinders River Water Strategy, a solid foundation for our community’s vision for growth, development and diversification in the Shire.
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PERSONALISED LEARNING IN THE OUTBACK
Hughenden State School (HSS) serves students from Prep to Year 12 education and has an enrolment of roughly 85 primary students and 45 secondary students. Being a small school enables HSS to provide tailored learning paths for pupils. This is demonstrated by the large proportion of Senior students enrolled in individual learning programmes, ranging from traineeships to introductory tertiary subjects.
St. Francis Catholic School Hughenden is located on the Flinders Highway, 380 kilometres west of Townsville. In October 1900, six Good Samaritan Sisters arrived to establish the school. The initial enrolment was 12 children, but it rapidly swelled to 175, including a few boarders. St Francis Catholic School is a small school that serves kids from Prep to Year 6 and has a rich history of offering high-quality education in a Catholic setting.
Other schools in Flinders Shire are Cameron Downs Primary School (located 60 km form Hughenden) and Prairie Primary School (40 km from Hughenden).
ACHIEVE THE AUSSIE DREAM
Hughenden has a population of 1,132 people, with rental housing accounting for 22.64 per cent of residential properties. Housing is affordable and you get value for money in Hughenden! The typical price for a home is $150 000, which is approximately $400K less than a unit in Brisbane, and $200K less than a house in Townsville. Budget-friendly housing is where it begins, but Hughenden also provides a variety of investment prospects for those with a pioneering spirit.
EMPLOYMENT AND PROMISE OF GROWTH
Hughenden has been the centre of agricultural industry in the region for more than a century and there’s plenty of opportunities for individuals who don’t mind getting their hands dirty. Hughenden also acts as a major rail hub for the northbound rail network, with job openings throughout the rail and distribution industries.
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