A tradesman, journalist and midwife walk into a bar... it sounds like the start of a joke, but it is the brains behind a new networking initiative in Mount Isa.
Business owner Kodie Kuskopf, ABC journalist Zara Margolis and local midwife Georgia Hildebrand are all professionals in their own fields, but were inspired to help young people connect and network in town and therefore established a Young Professionals Meet & Greet event.
Ms Margolis said it was Kodie's idea to facilitate conversations and help people connect and make new friendships.
"It is happening at the cocktail bar during happy hour, but it is informal and providing more opportunity to meet people," Ms Margolis said
"It is meeting people outside your own discipline. People are very good at only making friends within their own workplace, which makes sense, but we are facilitating conversations to help people make new connections.
"Therefore on Friday February 21 between 5pm and 7pm we are hosting the Young Professionals Meet and Greet at the Red Earth cocktail bar."
Ms Margolis said the idea stemmed from an event that she and Kodie had attended about three years ago.
"Kodie and I went to an event that was organised in town by a nurse of the RFDS, when I was new to town, and we met two of our best friends at the event," she said.
"We thought it was amazing and we were really excited to go to another one, but the lady who hosted it left. Because we got so much out of it, we thought about holding our own, but life got busy. Although more recently Kodie was telling Georgia about it and it sparked interest again to host an event."
Ms Hildebrand thought it was a great idea.
"I wished there was something like this when I moved to town about a year ago," she said.
"I was lucky that I threw myself into community and made friends quite easily, but I know it isn't like that for everyone. So I was pretty excited to get on board and help facilitate this opportunity for people to meet and network.
"This is not just for 'professionals' this is for all young people who are looking to make new connections."
Ms Hildebrand said the interest in the event so far was overwhelming.
"There seems to be a lot of people interested in this event," she said.
"So far on the Facebook event there are over 60 people said they are coming and an addition 100 have said they are interested, so it should be a good night.
Ms Margolis said pending on how the event goes there was potential to expand.
"There may be the potential to have it quarterly, but we will see how this first event goes," she said.
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