Mount Isa resilience part 3 - mature infrastructure

Posted January 3, 2016

Brett Peterson

This week is focus on Mount Isa, its strengths and the reasons why it will thrive. Today we look at utilities that will support growth.

Mount Isa Mining Supplies owner and deputy mayor Brett Peterson highlights the area’s mature infrastructure – power, water and transport networks – as huge ticks for its ongoing might.

The NEGI project adds weight to this and Cr Peterson hopes it will spur development of a transport and energy corridor between Mount Isa and the Northern Territory.

“They are investigating the feasibility of a Mount Isa to Tennant Creek rail line and it’s essential that we have this corridor put in place in the early stages,” he said.

“What I would like to see is to have the same gauge they’ve got from Adelaide to Darwin, then Mount Isa could become a freight hub for the rest of Queensland from the NT, South Australia and Western Australia. There are some exciting prospects that could come out of the railway line for this area.”

The city’s location, local industries and its established role as an infrastructure hub for the greater region meant it should also be a key focus of the federal Government’s Northern Australia development push, he said.

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