It is hard to believe that another year is almost done and it’s time once again to put up the decorations and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
While we might be complaining about the heat, there is much we can celebrate and reflect upon.
It has been a hectic year.
Everyone at Council has rolled up their sleeves and got on with the task of making Mount Isa an even better place to work and raise a family.
The Economic Development Strategy has been a key focus since its launch in July.
With its aim to strengthen existing industry and foster new employment opportunities, it has rightly occupied a lot of my time and that of my fellow councillors and staff.
Projects such as the proposed Freight and transport logistics centre and the Mount Isa to Tennant Creek rail link are quickly advancing with many more projects to come.
We have also forged important alliances with a number of like-minded councils to strengthen our efforts to promote regional development and cut red-tape.
The council is committed to improving the liveability of Mount Isa.
Our parks are becoming greener, the fun park and skate park have had make overs, the Moondarra Cycling Track is built and work has started on the CBD facelift.
For me the highlights for me this year include the Christmas Carols, the Mount Isa Rodeo and the inaugural Isa Street Festival.
It is wonderful when we can come together as a community and have some fun.
Congratulations to all the graduating high school students and the primary students about to make the step up.
You are our future and education is your ticket to the world.
As we count down to Christmas and begin the school holidays please remember to be safe and be kind.
If you can check in on your neighbours, especially those who are elderly or live alone, that would be wonderful.
My best wishes also to anyone who may be sick at home and in hospital this festive season.
From my family, my fellow councillors and all our fantastic council staff and managers, have a great Christmas and see you in 2018.
Mount Isa Mayor