Centenary Year Advisory Committee Chair Urges Locals to Put Their Hand Up
Council is putting the call out for Mount Isa residents interested in being a part of the advisory committee overseeing the city’s 2023 centenary celebrations and events to get their expressions of interest in soon.
Council has created a dedicated Facebook page for the Mount Isa 100 Years Celebration, available at www.facebook.com/MountIsa100Years, and is inviting any interested members of the public to contribute stories and photos of Mount Isa’s past, to help showcase the city’s history in the lead-up to the centenary year.
The Mount Isa 100 Years Advisory Committee will be chaired by former mayor Ron McCullough, who is urging local residents to put their names down to be considered for committee membership.
“Every Mount Isan is invited to participate and have their say. Let’s do it for Mount Isa one more time,” Mr McCullough said.
“I believe 2023 can be a time of great celebration in Mount Isa, an opportunity for locals to restore that pride in the Isa, for past residents to return and revisit those special memories, and for governments – Federal, State and Local – to contribute to sustaining the future of this important outpost of regionalism.
“In 2023 Mount Isa will celebrate its centenary year – 100 years since the historic day when John Campbell Miles discovered lead ore, which initiated the development of Australia’s greatest Minerals Province.
“The centenary of Mount Isa marks an important milestone in the development of Northern Australia, and particularly regional Australia.
“No Australian city has evoked such pride in its inhabitants over the years, nor such an enduring connection in those who have worked and lived here, even decades after departing from the city itself.”
Council is inviting residents and organisations to come forward and help plan the centenary year activities, to help create a spectacular, event-filled tribute to all the people who have been a part of Mount Isa’s history.
Mayor of Mount Isa Danielle Slade encourages people to nominate to join the advisory committee.
“The centenary celebrations advisory committee would love you to get involved, to come up with ideas and suggestions for the year’s activities,” Cr Slade said.
“This will be a year to celebrate every aspect of Mount Isa’s rich history, from its ancient Indigenous culture with the Kalkadoons, to mining, sport and celebrating the people who contributed to our great city.
“Council have already been approached to organise an annual Miners Memorial and a royal invite will be on the top of the agenda.”
To submit your expression of interest, please visit www.mountisa.qld.gov.au/100years. Applications are open until the end of February 2021.