From the mayor's desk column with Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch

As winter officially comes to an end, we see the end of our winter events such as Rodeo, the Border Ride, and the Camooweal Drovers Festival and ease our way into our warmer weather events.

Our entry into spring was certainly celebrated with the inaugural Springtime Morning Markets. 

These markets saw a large number of stall holders and residents mingling throughout the Central Business District enjoying the atmosphere.

The Buffs Club Show and Shine featured that same day to enormous success, and raised $6000 for childhood cancer research.

I was fortunate to also attend Dinner in the Round Yard, which raised money for the Mount Isa and District Pony Club, and offered a wonderful evening of food and entertainment, while supporting one of our valuable community clubs.

These events were all successful and thoroughly enjoyable, but were only made so by the hard work and determination of a number of dedicated community members who go above and beyond to see these activities and events continue to flourish.

I sincerely appreciate and congratulate every one of you.

We also have the annual Great Northern Clean Up approaching, to be held this year on Sunday, October 16 at Mount Isa Plaza in Pioneer. This will be the Council’s main registration point, and we are working with the Plaza staff to provide a fun day, with markets, entertainment and children’s activities.

The Great Northern Clean Up is a wonderful initiative that not only motivates us all to spend some time beautifying our environment, but thinking about the long term care and cleanliness of our region.

We also recently acknowledged R U OK Day. While I see this as a very important event with a far reaching and important message, I would like to think that in this day and age that every day is an R U OK Day. 

As I would hope that every one of us is prepared to take a few minutes from our day to connect with a co-worker, friend, family member, or even a stranger when we perceive that something may not be ok, and take the time to ask if they are indeed ok.

In these days of social media, it is well documented that our interpersonal connectedness can be compromised, and the simple act of reaching out to your neighbour is often not what it used to be, so I urge this community to rebuild those relationships.

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