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    2018 - 07.03

    THE Rodeo Capital of Australia wants to be capital of the North West.
    Nanjing Night Net

    There is a push for Mount Isa to be named the capital of the North West region.

    In Mount Isa’s full council meeting held on Tuesday, Mayor Tony McGrady moved to recommend the city as the region’s capital to a Senate standing committee.

    The committee is called the Future Role and Contribution of Regional Capitals to Australia.

    Cr McGrady said installing a capital of the North West would increase lobbying pressure with state and federal governments.

    “I believe we as a region can speak for one voice for more impact with government,” Cr McGrady said.

    “We’re not seeking to be bigger than other cities.

    “There is no attempt to overrule and override other councils in the area.”

    Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone chief executive officer Glen Graham said marketing labels would likely benefit the city if it was a capital.

    “Every town is trying to capture a slogan,” he said.

    Examples of slogans included Cloncurry’s The Friendly Heart of Outback Queensland.

    Mount Isa already had the slogan of Rodeo Capital of Australia, Mr Graham noted.

    “What is the one you want to put foremost in people’s minds?” If population was the only factor, the city had a claim to be the capital.

    “Mount Isa is the largest centre west of the Great Dividing Range – Toowoomba maybe, but it’s right on it.

    “On the other hand, Canberra is the capital of Australia but it doesn’t have the bigger population.”

    Mr Graham said the title could be beneficial to the city.

    “I think so – it reminds people who are either coming to Mount Isa or dealing with Mount Isa the significance of the city.”

    The committee said it was interested in receiving submissions from regional capitals and from other towns and cities that had relevant views.

    It will analyse current funding provided to regional capitals, and how much they should receive based on population, a demand for services and their strategic important to the region, state and country.

    It will also look at investment challenges and opportunities to maintain or grow regional capitals.

    Submissions are due by April30.

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