Jessica Mauboy’s performance and star power at the Mount Isa City Council’s Isa Street Party will give the best possible start to Rodeo Week for the city, according to Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo Manager Natalie Flecker.
Ms Flecker paid tribute to the city council’s initiative, as an event with strong appeal to both local families and tourists visiting for Rodeo Week.
“The Isa Rodeo supports the council’s plans to grow the street party,” she said. “The reaction to Jessica Mauboy’s performance on social media has been fantastic and there is no doubt the Isa Street Party is going to be absolutely huge this year.
“It is a very exciting start to Rodeo Week and the city council and Mayor Cr Joyce McCulloch are to be congratulated for their focus on a community event to start the celebrations.”
Ms Flecker said the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo Inc (MIRRI) committee had decided, after discussions with council, to change the format of the 2017 rodeo’s Friday night due to the focus on the Street Party.
She said there would be no mardi gras parade this year, and the rodeo’s evening entertainment would start two and a half hours earlier at 6pm.
“The main reason is the Street Festival will be huge and will need the support of all our local community groups,” said Ms Flecker. “We can’t ask them to back up again on Friday night for mardi gras.
“It is very important to us to support council’s initiative which we believe will be an incredible start to Rodeo Week for both our local community and visitors who come from all over Australia and overseas to attend the Isa Rodeo.
“We know how much effort and energy community groups will need to help make the Isa Street Party a success by running food, entertainment and market stalls on Wednesday night.”
Ms Flecker said she was working on plans for a community event to replace the mardi gras this year.
“There will be something special for families and we hope by starting the evening rodeo including the Grand Opening Ceremony more than two hours earlier, that it will be easier for families with younger children to enjoy Friday night at rodeo,” she said.
Mount Isa Mayor Cr McCulloch said she supported the Isa Rodeo’s decision regarding the mardi gras.
“The council has also come up with an exciting initiative, the details of which will be released soon,” said the Mayor. “It will certainly replace the mardi gras in terms of being something fun for the community to get involved with.”
The 2017 Isa Rodeo will be held from Friday to Sunday, August 11 to 13.
The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and promoted as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland event calendar.
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