Mayor Danielle Slade
I was born in England to two very hardworking parents who decided to immigrate to Mount Isa when I was 7 years old. At that time, there was 52 nationalities in Mount Isa, all of whom came here for work and the promise of a better life.
I know the challenges and how much immigrants give up to start a new life in a new country, leaving behind family, friends, traditions and a way of life that’s familiar. And while I was lucky to be able to speak the language, I’m not so sure anyone understood me for the first year or two with a broad Birmingham accent.
Growing up in my very early years in our multicultural city of Mount Isa has nurtured my ethical and moral attitude towards what’s right and fair.
Straight after school I got a job at Mount Isa Mines and bought a property a year later. I now own three properties and have been a ratepayer for 33 years.
Growing up in Mount Isa I understand full well how important sport is to the city. It’s very hard to live here without being drawn into fundraising for different community charities, organisations and clubs and I’m proud of the contribution I have made over the years.
I am married to a wonderful man who was born in Mount Isa. We have two beautiful boys born in Mount Isa who are now 8 and 5 years old.
I worked at Mount Isa Mines for 25 years and left the mines after my first child was born.
I am an executive board member of the Mount Isa Irish Association and until recently a Director of the Mount Isa Water Board.
Mount Isa needs to be sustainable in downtimes and we need to take advantage in economic booms. It’s vital to become a more affordable place to live and create business opportunities. We need to have access to higher education, improved health services with reduced waiting times and we need to improve training and employment opportunities.
I want to work hard to see a bright, exciting future in Mount Isa for all of us.