This year is now coming to a close and Council can look back at 2019 with pride at what we have achieved, and look forward to what is still to come. Projects of all types and sizes have gone from the drawing board to being made a reality this year.
The big-ticket item is the $7m new Isa Street Bridge project, which will be officially reopened on December 13. The Isa Street Bridge, built in 1932, was an instrumental piece of infrastructure which enabled the exponential growth of the mining industry in Mount Isa as a gateway between the town and the mine, allowing safe passage to mine workers and transport for 87 years.
It has served us well, and I am proud to lead the council team which obtained funding and completed the project for a new chapter in Mount Isa's history with the new bridge. Council's Animal Management Facility also received a major $800,000 facelift this year, with a new administration building constructed as well as improvements made to its amenities.
This will change the way we deal with animal welfare and responsible ownership. This new facility will enable us to continue this as a priority for the city.
We have also enjoyed the work done to many of the city's parks - such as new shade structures, fences and play equipment - dozens of city roads improved with new surfaces, and even a new 6.8m litre reservoir. Liveability in Mount Isa is important and these assets matter to the lives of our residents. This is also echoed in our commitment to public art, with the unveiling of the Fun Park mural and the Lookout water tank mural, both met with incredible positivity.
Council is proud to have supported and hosted many events, including the QMF's Mount Isa Blast, Naidoc Week with Isaiah Firebrace, International Legends of League, Queensland Day Beef Beats and Beach,Welcoming Babies Day, Australia Day Pool Party, Pet Day, and the Isa Street Festival.
January saw the launch of our City of Opportunity campaign to highlight the many lifestyle and career opportunities that are available in Mount Isa.
The campaign included a new website DiscoverMountIsa.com.au and a TV commercial promoting far and wide Mount Isa is a City of Opportunity.
It was brilliant to see so many people at the Civic Centre earlier this month for our Christmas in the City event. Around1500 turned up for our free Christmas spectacular, substantially above our expectations for the evening.
Thank you to everyone who came along to celebrate the festive season with us.
I wish you all a safe, joyful and wonderful Christmas, and a very happy and prosperous New Year.
I will see you all again in 2020.
Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch