MOUNT ISA

Bustout arrived at Mount Isa on a Sunday and found the place closed. You forget things, but this place is historically a union town. Union before mining.  So working on Sunday to this day remains sacrosanct at the Isa. And thatís great. We are now waiting to see how this vestige of union history is translated to Broken Hill.

Now, Mount Isa is a mining town; a very rich mining town, and for the most part most participate in the distribution of the mines output. The facilities at Lake Moondarah bear testament to this.

High wages and Mine responsibility has meant Mount Isa prospers.

Mount Isa is a young town (it all happened in the 50ís) and to that end there is nothing truly old in the Isa.

The city came into existence soon after 1923 when John Campbell Miles discovered a rich seam of silver-lead - the western edge of the Cloncurry field. Named after the Mount Ida goldfields in Western Australia, mining operations began there a year later. In 1964, the town made national headlines when the Australian Workerís Union and lobbyist Pat Mackie led an eight-month strike , which closed the copper smelter and led the Queensland Government to declare a state of emergency in the region. The dispute was settled in April 1965.

Mount Isa was proclaimed a city in 1968 when the population had reached 18,000. The city and surrounds grew in front of and around the mine to the point that, by 1972, 34,000 people resided in the town. The population dropped steadily for the next three decades until a mining boom occurred, steadily increasing the population again.

So the pubs are not historic but have retained the Qld feel.

At this time the Isa War Memorial is a bit of an afterthought. This will soon be addressed we are sure.

The Museums should be visited. Particularly the underground hospital museum.

All of the churches are of the modern era.

The two hour surface visit to the Mount Isa Mines is recommended.

A minimum of four days is needed to delight in the Isa.

Diary notes

 

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course