Flooded rivers and road closures have forced a small meatworks in Arnhem Land to use a plane to get its beef to market.
- Gunbalanya Meats employs a number of locals and has 11 Indigenous trainees onsite
- Butchers’ shops in Darwin are increasingly seeking local product from Gunbalanya
- The abattoir’s manager says customers have been happy to pay a little extra to cover the cost of flying the produce
Located 300 kilometres east of Darwin, the abattoir at Gunbalanya often finds itself marooned by floodwaters during the wet season, but keeps its workers employed and customers happy by flying its product to nearby Jabiru, where it can be trucked to Darwin for distribution.
Demand is so strong this year that the abattoir has been loading…