You know you’ve arrived in Mount Isa when you’ve been “curried”, that is, drawn in a Bret Currie cartoon. Our resident artiste was hard at in 2018 seeing the funny side of the news each week. Here’s the ten Currie cartoons we liked best this year.
1 Wet weather and the God of Thunder
The wet season was late in arriving in North West Queensland but we had good falls in early March. No wonder, says Bret, after news was released that the region was visited by Thor, the god of thunder himself. None other than Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth who filmed a top secret tourism Australia film about Croc Dundee’s younger brother which achieved an audience of millions when it was shown at the Superbowl.
2. Stewards’ inquiry into the inquiry
In April the regional airline inquiry was due to come to North West Queensland. But there were concerns raised that although they would sit in Cloncurry, Mount Isa would miss out. Bret, as usual, had the answer why. Too bloody expensive to go there, of course!
3. Not an April Fools joke
It may have been around April 1 but when Mount Isa Mines said they were shutting down the copper smelter for four weeks it was no joke. The shutdown was to accommodate the $30m rebricking of the facility. Bret, as usual, smelt other mischief at the smelter.
4. Pack your bags, son
Mr Currie found airline references in everything, even the annual Gregory Canoe Classic. However the prospect of dealing with hordes of rowdy campers from the Big (Stack) Smoke was too much for local residents, our cartoonist surmised.
5. Water, water, everywhere
The big news in the middle of the year was the Mount Isa City Council plan to move to a user pays system of water rates. Bret, as usual, saw the positives with the negatives.
6. Not a meeting of minds
The public gallery was full at a July meeting of council to discuss the water rates. It was so full around 30 people were locked out while two police watched on. There was palpable anger among those present but luckily Mr Currie somehow managed to see the funny side.
7 Diamonds are a rodeo’s best friend
August saw Mount Isa’s 60th rodeo and the town was buzzing with excitement. If only they could see this marquee no-bull event as imagined by our resident cartoonist.
8. Let it all hang loose in the outback
Just ahead of the Birdsville Races, poor old Diamantina Mayor Geoff Morton was forced to apologise for nude images of himself which were found by a council staffer. The photos depicted him lying naked on a swag in a dry creek bed. Now we are a tolerant lot out west so have no issue with Mr Morton’s photographic skills but unlike Mr Currie we strongly doubt it will add to the great tourism attractions of the desert shire. Of course Mr Currie could be having us on too!
9 The look of the Irish
The water rates kerfuffle was the cartoonist gift that kept on giving. Here Bret interprets the September news the Council won its Supreme Court of Appeals case against the Irish Club for the way it charged for water. By god, it’s enough to drive you to drink!
10. The travel grinch that stole Christmas
But Mr Currie couldn’t help but finish up on the other big news story of the year, the ongoing inquiry into high air fares. And with the news at the year that the inquiry date has been delayed again this time to June 2019, we strongly suspect there will be more (expensive) mileage in this in the new year. Keep up the great work, Bret. In the meantime we wish all our readers a happy new year and a great 2019.