MICA Creek Power Station welcomed a new face to its ranks on Tuesday with the appointment of acting site manager Paul Smith.
From humble beginnings as a technician in Rockhampton's coal-powered Stanwell Power Station, he's risen through the company ranks to achieve the managerial role in Mount Isa's 304.7 megawatt gas operation .
He's been in the Isa since March, 2012 when he started at Mica Creek as a maintenance manager.
Mr Smith replaces Brad Perry as head of Mica Creek Power Station after Mr Perry was promoted to site manager in Rockhampton, the place where Mr Smith started his career with the power provider.
He said his wife and three children aged 11, 9 and 7 relished the opportunity to make the move to the Outback.
"We all love it out here," he said.
"We enjoy camping, fishing and exploring the spectacular sights this region has to offer.
"This is a very welcoming and friendly community and we are really enjoying the lifestyle in Mount Isa."
Mr Smith said the number one priority for his new role was ensuring the safety and wellbeing of employees.
"We want to ensure that all Mica Creek Power Station employees return safety to their loved ones at the end of each working day," he said.
NEW BOSS IN TOWN: Mica Creek Power Station's newly-appointed acting site manager Paul Smith, 40, has settled his family into Mount Isa and said he's commited to keeping his power plant employees safe.