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New home for Rodeo
26th May 2007: The 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo, the largest rodeo event in the Southern Hemisphere will move into a new home and is celebrating the official opening of the new the Buchanan Park Precinct venue.

Yesterday (Friday 25th May) unveiled the new $16.3million state of the art complex, a project that in the past two years has seen the site undergo an amazing and drastic transformation from the local racecourse façade to now the world class multi-purpose events complex its stands as today.

The new Mount Isa asset features a race track, rodeo arena and stadium, merchandise and food areas, showgrounds and show arena, camping and ablutions area, events administration area, public recreation areas, Rodeo walk, bar facilities, food outlets, media centre, tourist information booth, emergency services block and plenty of amenities.

The International Standard Rodeo Arena was designed by the Brisbane based Architectural Practice Academy to ensure that those seated in the back row of the stadium seating would be able to have a clear view of the action.

“The views of the arena from anywhere in the grandstands will make you feel like you are right on top of the action,” said Ms Joyce McCulloch, Mount Isa Rodeo General Manager.

“The arena will be able to seat about 20% of Mount Isa’s population which is a large seating capacity for anywhere, let alone a regional area. Some venues in major cities have less than a 1% capacity”, added Ms McCulloch.

Buchanan Park is located in the heart of Mount Isa on the corner of George and Sutton Streets. Containing a brand new multi-million dollar events complex with an arena specifically designed to stage a world class rodeo event. The arena will be able to seat approximately 5,500 people in the covered stadium style seating and two grassed berms.

Previously, the venue for the Isa Rodeo was Kalkadoon Park, located 8km from the heart of Mount Isa City on the Barkly Highway. The redevelopment of Buchanan Park is one of the Mount Isa’s Council's most ambitious projects to date, costing in the vicinity of $16 million dollars, of which approximately $13 million is made up of Federal and State Government funding, in addition to a $1 million dollar investment from Xstrata.

The new centre was unveiled by the Deputy Prime Minister, Mark Vaile and guests were entertained by recent winner of “Dancing with the Stars”, Kate Cebrano. The new home of Australian rodeo is already being tried and tested with the celebrations continuing throughout the weekend with the Rodeo National Circuit Finals being held in the Buchanan Park arena.

The 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo will run from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August 2007. For further information about the 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo please contact the Media Unit at RODEO HQ on 07 47432706 or 0409985997.

Mount Isa Rodeo – Backgrounder -
The Isa Rodeo is presented by the combined Rotary Clubs of Mount Isa. The three clubs are the Mount Isa Club, Mount Isa West and Mount Isa South.

The Origins
Steeped in over 40 years of history, The Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo (as it was first known) was born out of a desire by a young service club to "think big".

The first Rotary Club in Mount Isa had been in operation for some months and had successfully completed a number of small community service projects. However, the Community Service Director felt the club needed to tackle a big project, one which would put Mount Isa on the map. And so the idea of staging a rodeo was unanimously and enthusiastically adopted, despite the fact that none of the club members had ever been involved in organising one before. Only a couple of members had even seen a rodeo!

With no ground, no stock and no experience, a Rodeo organising committee was formed and set about the task of staging the first ever Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo in 1959.

Community Service
Since its inception, the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo has donated in excess of $2.5 million to charitable, community, cultural, sporting and service organisations.

As accommodation outlets report a 100 per cent occupancy rate during the rodeo period, additional temporary camping facilities are created within the city, simply to cater for the Rodeo overflow.

The directors of the Rodeo are elected from members of the three Rotary Clubs in Mount Isa. These directors are responsible for the deployment of hundreds of volunteer workers who play a vital part in the planning and staging of the Rodeo.

Community Involvement
In the week leading up to the Rodeo, business houses and retail outlets get firmly behind the spirit of the event, with most participating in the annual "Best Dressed Premises" competition, run by the Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce. The object is to have premises and staff dressed in appropriate theme decoration and costume for Rodeo Week.

And the enthusiasm doesn't stop there. The Rodeo Mardi Gras, traditionally held on the Friday night of Rodeo, involves all sections of the community. Staged through the streets of Mount Isa, the procession of Mardi Gras floats is one of the highlights of the weekend.

From 4pm Friday until the wee hours of Saturday morning, Mount Isa becomes a giant fairground, with wall-to-wall people enjoying entertainment, dancing, carnival rides and food.

It has long been recognised that the community involvement behind the Rodeo is what makes it such a unique festival.

The Isa Rodeo Festival is held each year for approximately two weeks and culminates with the Isa Rodeo. The full program of events is listed below.

2007 Program of Events
Saturday 4 August
Mayoress' Ball & Crowning of the Rodeo Queen

Monday 6 August
Judging - Best Dressed Mount Isa Premises

Tuesday 7 August
Judging - Best Dressed Mount Isa Premises

Wednesday 8 August
Zonta Poets Breakfast
The Bull Pit - "Man Against Beast"
LIVE - Local Entertainment

Thursday 9 August
Presentation of Best Dressed Mount Isa Premises

Mailman Express
Combined Rotary Clubs Meeting

Friday 10 August
Rodeo & Time Events
Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Mardi Gras
The Bull Pit - "Man Against Beast"

Live - Shandell Tosoni & Crakajak

Saturday 11 August
Rodeo Events
Bell & Moir Goodyear Isa Rodeo Ute Muster
Live - Crakajak & The Bostocks

Sunday 12 August
Buffs Recovery Breakfast - Hot & Cold Buffet
Rodeo Events
Cowboys & Cowgirls Night
Live - The Bostocks
Program of Events is subject to change without notice.
For further information about the 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo please contact the Media Unit at RODEO HQ on 07 47432706.

Troy Dunn
On the 15th & 16th of January, Tamworth Showgrounds Indoor Arena will come alive with Extreme Bull Riding Action as the nations top 25 bull riders converge on the Country Music Capital for the ultimate National Finals Professional Bull Riding Showdown.

This is an event not to be missed as riders weighing slightly more than your modern day jockey’s go head to head with bulls that can outweigh an entire rugby forward pack for 8 seconds of true grit - gut wrenching action.

It’s man versus beast in the ultimate Modern Day Gladiator’s sport with an All Star Line Up of Superbulls being matched against elite riders who have endured a year of jubilation and pain in order to qualify for the 2004/05 Bullriding Australia National Finals.

Come Sunday the 16th of January, one man will be crowned with the most prestigious Gold Buckle and the Australian Title, yet this can not be decided until the last bull has bucked, making this years Finals one of the most exciting ever.

So if your looking for an event with a difference and the ultimate sporting experience, along with being supported by best post event party in Tamworth over the Country Music Festival, then be sure to make your way to the Tamworth Showgrounds for two nights of bucking good fun.

Event Dates & Start Times:
Saturday, 15th January: 7.00pm start. (Post Event Party, 10pm to 1am)
Sunday, 16th January: 6.00pm start. (Post Event Party & Awards Ceremony, 9pm to 1am).

Book your tickets now on: 02 6765 9381 or by purchasing at the gate.

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