City of Mount Isa

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City of Mount Isa
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Location within Queensland
Population18,878 (2018)[1]
 • Density0.431862/km2 (1.11852/sq mi)
Area43,713 km2 (16,877.7 sq mi)[1]
MayorJoyce McCulloch
Council seatMount Isa
State electorate(s)Traeger
Federal Division(s)Kennedy
Mount Isa City Council Logo.jpg
WebsiteCity of Mount Isa
LGAs around City of Mount Isa:
Roper Gulf (NT) Burke Burke
Barkly (NT) City of Mount Isa Cloncurry
Barkly (NT) Boulia Cloncurry

The City of Mount Isa is a local government area in north west Queensland. The City covers the urban locality of Mount Isa, the administrative centre, and surrounding area, sharing a boundary with the Northern Territory to the west.

Mount Isa is a reasonably affluent district. The largest industry in the City is the Mount Isa Mines, a source of lead, copper, silver and zinc. Cattle grazing and tourism are other industries of note.


The city was inhabited by the Kalkadoon and Indjilandji people, whose livelihood depended on hunting and gathering, fishing and trade for several thousands of years, before the European settlers arrived here. The Kalkadoon craftsmen were known for their stone implements and handmade tools which were traded with other Aboriginal groups spread all over the western Queensland.[2]

On 10 February 1914, the Shire of Barclay Tableland, based in Camooweal, was incorporated on an area previously managed by the shires of Burke and Cloncurry. On 14 August 1919 the spelling was changed and it became known as Shire of Barkly Tableland. As a consequence of the growth of Mount Isa as a mining and population centre within the shire, an Order in Council dated 15 December 1962 renamed the shire to Shire of Mount Isa, effective 1 July 1963, and its administration centre relocated to Mount Isa. At the same time it gained part of the Shire of Cloncurry. On 30 May 1968, the shire was proclaimed as a City due to the area reaching a population of 18,000.

Towns and localities[edit]

The City of Mount Isa includes the following settlements:

Suburbs of the town of Mount Isa[edit]

Rural areas outside the town[edit]


The Mount Isa City Council operate a public library at Mount Isa City.[3]

Chairmen and mayors[edit]

  • 1927: John Thomson Campbell[4]
  • 2008 – 2012: John Molony[5]
  • 2012 – 2016 :Tony McGrady[6]
  • 2016 – : Joyce McCulloch[7]

Sister cities[edit]

Sister cities of Mount Isa include:


Year Population
1954 7,884
1961 13,967
1966 17,485
1971 26,502
1976 26,536
1981 24,390
1986 23,927
1991 24,735
1996 22,866
2001 21,636
2006 21,201
2011 21,237
2016 18,671


  1. ^ a b "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Mount Isa". Mount Isa City Council.
  3. ^ "Mount Isa City Library". Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. 14 May 2014. Archived from the original on 6 February 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  4. ^ Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Archived from the original on 4 March 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  5. ^ "2008 Mount Isa City – Mayoral Election – Election Summary". Archived from the original on 19 March 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  6. ^ "2012 Mount Isa City – Mayoral Election – Election Summary". Archived from the original on 8 May 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  7. ^ "2016 Mount Isa City Council – Mayoral Election – Election Summary". Archived from the original on 14 September 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.

Coordinates: 20°43′29″S 139°29′37″E / 20.72472°S 139.49361°E / -20.72472; 139.49361