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ABOUT US

Commerce North West has a proud history of serving the region as an active leader and advocate for the commercial, industrial, civic and general interests of North West Queensland.

Commerce North West is a proactive force involved in employment issues, regional economic development, government relations, tourism growth and events management. We continue to promote spending locally by creating initiatives such as the ‘Buy Local Gift Card’ campaign and ‘Member to Member Offers’.

In addition, Commerce North West coordinates the annual Northern Outback Business Awards, the biennial MineX (Mount Isa Mining Expo), the WorkPac Group Best Dressed Premises, Weekly Business Brew and several networking opportunities throughout the year.

Ultimately aiming to promote and advance North West Queensland; attract new consumers, visitors and investors – ensuring longevity, sustainability and livability in our region.

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MEMBERS

MEMBER BUSINESS LISTING

There are hundreds of Members of Commerce North West who are there to help you do business successfully in the Outback. Review our member listing to help you make the supplier connections you need. 

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LIVING IN MOUNT ISA

Covering an area of 43,314 square kilometres, Mount Isa City Council has an annual operating budget of $70 million, capital budget of $29 million, a team of 250 staff and services and a community of 22,000 people.

Mount Isa is the administrative, commercial and industrial centre for Queensland’s North West and the second largest city in Australia. Located 1,829km from Brisbane and 883km inland from Townsville, Mount Isa shares a boundary with the Northern Territory.

Mount Isa City Council supports local industry and commerce, advocates for regional economic development, operates tourism and entertainment facilities and provides a range of services for residents and visitors.

Council remains committed to making Mount Isa Queensland’s most liveable city and the major regional centre in the nation. 

Mount Isa City Council seeks to create a city shaped by its unique geographical location that aspires to a high quality of life and prosperous future supported by a growing mining and minerals processing sector, expanding tourist trade and sustainable rural, commercial and industrial business.

Set amongst the brilliance of the Selwyn ranges, Mount Isa harnesses one of the world’s richest mineral resources.  Having celebrated its 90th birthday in 2013, the Isa has a strong growing economy that attracts visitors wanting to experience a true icon in the outback of Australia. In fact, it is widely considered that only when you visit the Isa do you become a ‘real’ Aussie.

Cultural Heritage

Mount Isa is situated on the traditional lands of the Kalkadoon people who followed patterns of hunting and gathering, fishing and trade for many thousands of years before the arrival of the first Europeans.

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Today, Mount Isa City Council celebrates a wealth of talent, success and creativity in the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community which includes successful professionals, educators, artists, musicians, tradespeople, health workers, business owners, entrepreneurs, community leaders and many passionate and dedicated people.

Mount Isa is a vibrant, multicultural place, which entices people from all corners of the globe to make this wonderful outback city their home.  It’s a family friendly city, rich with community pride and a land of opportunity for those seeking career, education, and outback lifestyle.

From the Lake Moondarra Barramundi Fishing Classic to the annual Isa Street Festival, Hard Times Mine, and Outback at Isa tourism facilities, there are sporting complexes and retail shopping centres, that make visiting, living, and working in the city so appealing.

Camooweal

Situated 191km from Mount Isa, Camooweal is a friendly and hospitable country town with a population of just 300 people. Known as the gateway to the Northern Territory and Queensland, the town is home to a rich history and rural lifestyle.

The Barkly Highway which joins Mount Isa to Camooweal is considered the longest main street in the world, at 188km long. The Camooweal district is honeycombed with rare sink holes and caves, dating back to the Cambrian Period, about 500 million years ago.

 

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Lifestyle

Mount Isa has an array of exciting rodeos, festivals and events that make visiting, living, and working in the city so appealing. The city boasts a number of hallmark annual events including the Mount Isa Rodeo, one of the biggest on the outback calendar. With a packed program of bull riding, steer wrestling, racing and live entertainment, the Isa Rodeo is a must-see event. Mount Isa is a hub for transport, regional businesses, community services and leisure activities for families and individuals which creates diversity and choice, particularly with the variety of retail, health, fitness and education facilities available.

From kindergartens, public and private schools, TAFE, regional base hospital, specialist medical practitioners and alternative therapists to fast food outlets, trendy cafes, legendary counter lunches and major retailers offering fashion, furnishings and everything needed for the car, boat, camp and tool shed. The real sense of convenience comes when you find that all are within a 10-minute drive from the centre of Mount Isa.. The many hardships caused by the remote, rural and arid conditions experienced by early pioneers are now just stories of the past.  Mount Isa’s hot dry climate is ideal for all. year-round leisure activities and fosters an active community where people can also enjoy the bountiful natural heritage of the region.

Sunny days, starry skies, friendly locals and the two-minute commute to work every day all contribute towards a lifestyle that is hard to beat. Keep driving for another 10 minutes to discover some of the best scenery in Australia: natural wonders of secret waterfalls, spectacular gorges and caves, mountain ranges, ancient rock paintings and the country’s best fossil trails.  Picnic in unique places like Warrina Park which is famous for its beautiful peacocks and just around the corner from Lake Moondarra, Mount Isa’s jewel in the crown.

Back in town, there are an estimated 100 sports and recreational activities, from rugby league to paintball there is something to suit everyone’s tastes.  Mount Isa is the one of the most sports-oriented cities in Australia which explains why it is the home of champions like tennis great Pat Rafter, golf legend Greg Norman and rugby league star Scott Prince.

Clubs for every code of football, water sports on Lake Moondarra, horse racing at the Mount Isa Race Club, and even specialist sports like bow hunting are all catered for. Equally, Mount Isa is recognised for its arts: ballet, ballroom dancing, quilting, performance and visual arts means there is something for the whole family.

The region provides the perfect backdrop for the quintessential outback Aussie lifestyle and includes some of the best scenery Australia has to offer.

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While the decision to move to Mount Isa can often be motivated by a career path, but most people choose to stay in Mount Isa for the friendly community and outdoor lifestyle.

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