Mayor Joyce McCulloch
"I am a firm believer that local council is a business for the community and should not be distracted by political influences and would like to see our council become more focused on progressing the city to its rightful position as a prominent regional inland city."
I first moved to the North West as a child in the 1980s when my family relocated to Cloncurry from the Northern Territory. I have now lived in Mount Isa for over 30 years and now my Husband William and I raise two wonderful children here.
After working many years in the retail industry, in 1994 I was approached by the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo to become their new General Manager. The role was to manage the Mount Isa Rodeo and also managing moving the event from the old venue of Kalkadoon Park to the new award winning venue of Kalkadoon Arena at Buchanan Park.
Commercially driven, I was responsible for turning the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo into a profitable viable event during my time as the Rotary Rodeo General Manager until 2009, and I continue to work hard to drive and grow all of our key tourist events and attractions in the City.
In 2007 I was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship, a national award which recognizes individuals for excellence; who are innovative, filled with a spirit of determination and possess a strong desire to benefit their community.
I was then honored to be elected to the Mount Isa City Council in the 2012 local government elections and I continue to invest much of my time into that role.
I hold a Diploma in Management and was selected for a scholarship with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and graduated as a professional director in 2015. I utilise these positions, qualifications and experience as much as I am able in supporting many community groups and varied regional activities.
As part of my previous councillor responsibilities I have been Chair of the internal Audit Committee, and Chair of the Health Portfolio for Council as well as representing MICC as a Member of the Riversleigh community Scientific Advisory Committee (RCSAC).
I have had significant involvement and interests in community organisations having held positions on the boards of St. Paul’s Childcare Centre, Mount Isa Central State School P & C, and Young People Ahead. I have had involvement in a mentoring program for disengaged youth. A dedicated soccer mum I hold a membership of the Atlas Soccer Club and also a club coach’s position.
I have long been heavily committed to tourism in Mount Isa and the region, and as a former North West Queensland representative of Outback Queensland Tourism Association (OQTA) I have come to recognize the many untapped opportunities available to the city.
I still retain close association to the OQTA and have extended my support to tourism by presently holding the elected Chair’s position of the Overlanders Way a touring Route Group (Townsville to Tenant Creek).
Always supportive of our national defence forces I have been Chair of the Defence Reserve Support Council for North West Queensland for the past three years.
A city Mayor, as well as being a mother, I am passionate about many important things to the city and the district, developing community facilities for our children and youth, and ensuring our streets are safe.
While my position as Mayor is ultimately about improving the livability of Mount Isa City I aspire through this to become a role model for the many other talented and dedicated women in the city and encourage those women who would like to become more involved and influential in the city’s activities and future.
I love Mount Isa and the surrounding region and would like to see more emphasis placed on promoting sport and healthy living and assisting community organizations to have access to more resources.
I am a firm believer that local council is a business for the community and should not be distracted by political influences and would like to see our council become more focused on progressing the city to its rightful position as a prominent regional inland city.