McKinlay Shire Council

This position is based in Julia Creek, the administrative centre of McKinlay Shire. Julia Creek is located in the heart of the North West, 650 kilometres west of Townsville and approximately 2.5 hours drive east of Mount Isa. Mount Isa offers direct flights to Brisbane, and Julia Creek has the option of REX flights to Mount Isa and Townsville three days per week. Julia Creek has a population of approximately 400 people; however the Shire’s population is close to 1000 residents.

Julia Creek is a friendly community which punches well above its weight for a small community and offers an abundance of facilities and opportunities for its residents. The facilities include, medical centre, 24/7 accessible gym, swimming pool with water slides, dog park, bike safety park and indoor sports centre and tennis courts just to name a few. Recreational activities also are plenty with many great annual events (Races, Rodeos, Campdrafts, Arts & Cultural Workshops) taking place in the region.

Council have a staff of approximately 50 employees and the 2023/2024 budget provides for total revenue of $50 million with total expenses of $19 million.

The Role

McKinlay Shire Council is seeking to employ a capable and reliable Labourer/Plant Operator. Applicants should possess the skills to undertake required manual duties associated with road maintenance and construction. These duties will be performed within the operation of Council’s Works Department under direct supervision. Applicants must hold a current drivers licence and a Construction Induction Card (White/ Blue Card).

Key responsibilities of the role are inclusive of:

  • Shire Road Maintenance
  • Operation of Machinery
  • General Labouring Duties


  • Attractive Salary -Level 4 to Level 6 : $56,221.88 to $58,584.76
  • Locality Allowance
  • Five weeks Annual leave plus 17.5% leave loading
  • Accrued day off once per month

A recruitment pack, including Position Description, can be found on, or by contacting the HR department on (07) 47 467 166, email

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