Mount Isa Local News for August 2023
Latest Mount Isa News & Events
Golf Competition a Success
The Outback Queensland Masters has wrapped up another successful year, with the finals and the Million-Dollar Hole-in-One competition being held at the Mount Isa Golf Club from July 21-23.
The Mount Isa Orange Jacket winners were Karren Smith (women’s) of Redland Bay and Graham Burton (men’s) of Cooktown.
While no one ended up taking out the highly coveted Million-Dollar Hole-in-One, the Closest to the Pin winners were Colleen Millar from NSW, and David Heath from Goondiwindi.
The overall series winners are Robyne Clayton from Charleville, Peter Skeers from NSW (Brolga Division), Deborah Kent from NSW, and Keith Piper from Wanneroo WA (Bilby Division).
There were also free junior golf clinics held for local kids, who were tutored by PGA Pro Darren Weatherall. The clinics aimed to improve the skills of young people aged five and over who were interested in trying their hand at golf for the first time, or who are up-and-coming future golf champions.
The Outback Queensland Masters is Australia’s most remote and richest golfing event series, with six weekends of back-to-back competition this year culminating in Mount Isa with a Million-Dollar Hole-InOne Challenge.
Stretching over 2800km, the adventurous golf journey attracted players and spectators from across Australia, some travelling from as far away as Tasmania and Western Australia.
The one-of-a-kind event began in St George in Queensland’s southern outback on June 17 before travelling to the towns of Cunnamulla, Quilpie, Richmond and Karumba.
Mount Isa Mayor Danielle Slade said it was fantastic to have the city host Outback Queensland Masters’ famous Million-Dollar Hole-In-One Challenge.
Mount Isa is pulling out all the stops in 2023 to celebrate its 100 years milestone and the Outback Queensland Masters complemented these celebrations perfectly.
Since its inception in 2019, the event has grown significantly and now attracts thousands of competitors, juniors and spectators. I sincerely thank Outback Queensland Masters for choosing Mount Isa to host the million-dollar hole-in-one challenge to coincide with our centennial year, Cr Slade said.
Mount Isa News by Mayor Danielle Slade
It’s hard to believe, but it’s already that time of the year – it’s Isa Rodeo Week. And that means the Council-run Isa Street Festival and Street Parade is on again!
It’s being held on Wednesday, August 9, from about 5.30pm in the Mount Isa CBD (centred on West Street and Rodeo Drive) – and this year it’s going to be a really special one because it’s all about celebrating Mount Isa’s 100th birthday.
The Street Parade itself will begin at 6pm, kicking off from the roundabout near the Isa Street Bridge. It will make its way up Isa Street and turn in to Miles Street, finishing up near the intersection of Miles Street and Grace Street.
The party will really get started from 7pm when the one and only Daryl Braithwaite will take to the stage to entertain us all with his impressive repertoire of hits spanning several decades.
After years of cancellations due to the pandemic, Daryl was all set to headline last year’s Isa Street Festival, but unfortunately was struck down with illness on the day. So needless to say, we have been eagerly awaiting his performance at this year’s event for quite some time.
After Daryl’s set, make sure you have your best dancing shoes on for Bjorn Again, an Australian ABBA tribute act that has been bringing their interpretations of beloved ABBA hits to adoring fans all over the world for 35 years.
There will be so much to keep the whole family entertained at the Street Festival, too, including a Sideshow Alley, kids’ zone, food and market stalls, a beer garden at the Civic Centre, and two fireworks displays.
Rodeo Week is always jam-packed full of events. Don’t miss the Mailman Express and Indigenous Rodeo Championships at Buchanan Park, featuring entertainment from Jessica Mauboy, on Thursday, August 10.
The Mount Isa Mines Isa Rodeo will be held from Friday to Sunday at Buchanan Park, and it too will be celebrating the city’s centenary. See you there!
Mount Isa Events
Bell & Moir Toyota Rodeo Arena Ball
Date: Saturday 5 August 2023
Where: Kalkadoon Arena, Buchanan Park
Mount Isa Street Festival & Street Parade
Date: Wednesday 9 August 2023
Time: About 5.30pm
Where: Mount Isa CBD (West St & Rodeo Dr)
Date: Thursday 10 August 2023
Time: From 11am
Where: Mount Isa Race Club
Mount Isa Mines Isa Rodeo
Date: Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 August 2023
Time: From 8am each day
Where: Buchanan Park
*Funding Programs Open
Council is pleased to announce that Round 1 of its community funding program opened on August 1, with applications closing on August 31, 2023.
Applications should be received in full within these dates, with a decision to be made by the elected officials of the Council.
There are two programs of assistance available from the Council:
Community Grants Program (up to $5000)
Events Sponsorship Program Local community groups and organisations with eligible projects or events which make positive contributions to the quality of life in the Local Government Area of Mount Isa City are encouraged to apply for funding assistance.
Visit www.mountisa.qld.gov.au/grantsfunding-donations for all application forms and further information.
• Mount Isa City Library is holding a Children’s Book Week Night on Tuesday, August 22, from 5.30pm-8pm, for kids aged 6-12. It’s free, but places are limited.
Reserve your spot at www.eventbrite.com/e/read-grow-inspire-book-weeknight-tickets-686333029567. Come along and take part in challenging and exciting games. And be sure to come dressed as your inspired character, because there’ll be a prize for the best costume.
• Mount Isa City Council’s Environmental Services department has issued all renewal notices for Environmental Health Licences via email.
If your email has changed, please contact us as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 4747 3200. Please note the cutoff date for the submission of renewal applications is Tuesday, August 8, 2023.
Please be aware that all late submissions may cause delays in the processing and issuing of licenses on time.
Free Flu Vaccinations
The Queensland Government commenced free influenza vaccinations from July 22. General practices and pharmacies will be able to offer free flu vaccinations for all age groups from July 22 to August 31.
The Chief Health Officer, Dr John Gerrard, is concerned about the increase in cases of the influenza B strain, which is now the dominant strain and is causing severe illness in otherwise healthy Queenslanders.
“Influenza B is known to be associated with more severe disease in children,” Dr Gerrard said. It is particularly important that children, those over 65 years of age, vulnerable Queenslanders, and pregnant women be vaccinated.
Anyone who already has a flu vaccination booked before July 22 will also receive it for free or be reimbursed.
Meals on Wheels
Helping Hand: Deputy Mayor Phil Barwick and Councillor George Fortune recently lent a hand to Meals On Wheels Mount Isa, helping with the delivery of in-home meals to many elderly residents and residents with a disability across Mount Isa.
Meals on Wheels always welcome local volunteers. If you’d like to help out, please call them at 4743 0630 or email them at email@example.com.