"I believe Mount Isa has a strong sense of community and with the right direction we can positively promote Mount Isa and develop our city into a more attractive and vibrant place to live and work"
Portfolio: Development and Land Use
I was born in Cloncurry in 1966, moving to Mount Isa in 1982 for an electrical apprenticeship at Mount Isa Mines. After 33 years in this community I have married, raised children and made Mount Isa my home. In my opinion there is no better place to live and raise a family. I want to make Mount Isa that place for the many other people who choose to live here now and in the future.
It was a great honour to be first elected to Mount Isa City Council in 2012 and again in 2016. As a Councillor I have actively promoted Mount Isa as a livable community through events, the arts and tourism at every opportunity. I do this through participation on committees that promote productive community engagement and active participation in planning and executing community events. I believe Mount Isa has a strong sense of community and with the right direction we can positively promote Mount Isa and develop our city into a more attractive and vibrant place to live and work. By working together we can overcome any negative issues to make our city more livable and safer for residents and people planning to move here. We can also make our city more welcoming for tourists and visitors travelling through the region. I will ensure that tourism opportunities are developed to make our city the welcoming place for tourists and the travelling public that it should be.
My experience in the former Council will serve me well in this term. Previously in Council, I have co-ordinated the installation of the Rodeo Walk arts works "Art on Zinc" project which has had a significant impact as an art space in Mount Isa. I held a board position on MIETV and I have also been a RADF Committee member and Overlanders Way committee member. I have represented Council as chairperson of the Mount Isa Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Reference Group that advises on indigenous issues in Mount Isa. I play a supporting role for Councillors for Council events such as the Great Northern Cleanup, Clean up Australia Day, Carols by Candlelight and Isa's Youth has Talent. Playing a supporting role for community events is rewarding to me and I believe more can be done in this space to improve the liveability of the city.
I have been instrumental over many years in the famous annual Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic, an event that has been recognised as a highly commended event by the Outback Queensland Tourism Awards. This is an example of my commitment to delivering on this city's livability and community wellbeing. The Fishing Classic also grows regional tourism through destination events. The Classic is now an event not only popular for the local community but a major regional event and is promoted right across Australia on popular TV shows like Creek to Coast, Hook Line & Sinker & ET Fishing Adventures. This event continues to promote Mount Isa in a positive light as a livable city that has first class events and entertainment for families.
My founding interest in the Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group Hatchery Project has added an additional tourist and community point of interest in Mount Isa. Through the work of the Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group a new attraction has been created that will add to the city's livability through tourism, education and training opportunities. The Hatchery Project has already delivered construction training opportunities for our young people and has the potential to be utilised for very much more, such as horticulture, aquaculture, environmental and other educational studies.
The realisation of these types of projects develop community harmony and pride through constructive contact and engagement with a wide range of education, business and government agencies. I have a belief that everyone in our community has the ability to contribute in a positive way to the livability of our city. I know that there are people in our community who see a bright future through diversification and growth. There are community groups, businesses and individuals who have aspirations of a better Mount Isa and I want to help them achieve those goals. Through my position as Councillor, I will ensure that Council consults with high performing community organisations, business people and individuals in the city through open channels of communication.
Through my interest in the development of our city my current Councillor portfolio position is town planning. To understand and deal with present conditions and plan for the future development of Mount Isa is an important function of Council and I am up for the challenge. I am very excited about the future of our city and thank the voting public for the opportunity to serve as their elected Councillor.