Outback at Isa Appoints New Manager

New Outback at Isa Manager
Outback at Isa Management Board Chair and Deputy Mayor Phil Barwick, with new Outback at Isa Manager Martin Turner.

Published: 21st October 2022

Outback at Isa, the North West region’s premier tourist facility, welcomes new manager Martin Turner, who commenced in the position this week.

Mr Turner has been working in the tourism industry in Chile for the past 15 years and has extensive experience in working with people from all international backgrounds.

Deputy Mayor Phil Barwick, who is also the Chair of the Outback at Isa Management Board, welcomed Mr Turner this week after a recent and competitive recruitment process.

“Martin is coming into the role at a very good time to prepare for the 2023 tourist season, which all indications show will be a bumper year for Mount Isa and the North West,” Cr Barwick said.

“Martin has a wealth of experience in the tourism industry and has spent quite a number of years operating successful tourism businesses in Chile, where he was working predominantly with international tourists.”

Mr Turner said he is really looking forward to picking up on the good work of previous managers and driving Outback at Isa to a new level of attractiveness in the tourism market.

“I’m very pleased to see the amount of tourism product that Outback at Isa has, with the fabulous Riversleigh Fossil Discovery Centre and the Hard Times Mine, the Rodeo Hall of Fame, the Art Gallery and the lovely Outback Park and Gardens,” Mr Turner said.

“It’s also wonderful to see the great energy and interest provided by Mount Isa City Council on behalf of the residents. It is a very welcoming community.

“I’m very eager to polish this up some more and add improved visitor experiences to the facility, to improve the tourist traffic through the centre and for the city economy generally.”

Council is proceeding with concept planning for the centre under an Outback at Isa Masterplan that was finalised in 2021.

Cr Barwick said that there are some very exciting works to be done in the near future if funding can be secured, and tourists and residents alike will be very pleased with redevelopment of the centre going forward.