Welcome to Mount Isa, the traditional lands of the Kalkadoon and Indjilandji people.
Our city is located in north-west Queensland on the banks of the Leichhardt River. With a population of approximately 21,000, it is the major service centre for the area.
Mount Isa is situated on the traditional lands of the Kalkadoon people who followed patterns of hunting and gathering, fishing and trade for many thousands of years before the arrival of the first Europeans. Kalkadoon craftsmen were famous for the quality of their stone implements. Hand-crafted tools were traded by the Kalkadoon people with other Aboriginal groups across western Queensland, as far south as Birdsville.
Today, Mount Isa City Council celebrates a wealth of talent, success and creativity in Mount Isa's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community which includes professionals, educators, artists, musicians, trades people, health workers, business owners, entrepreneurs, community leaders and many other passionate, dedicated and successful people.
Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities include Traditional Custodians, who represent the original Aboriginal inhabitants of the area, as well as a diversity of Elders and people who live and work in the City.
Our vision for cultural recognition:
"Promote, celebrate and recognise our indigenous heritage, local history and diverse cultures"
"Work with the local Aboriginal community to assist in preserving indigenous culture and values in the area where opportunities exist."
"Promote cultural heritage of the area to the community and visitors."
"Encourage social inclusion and celebration of diversity."