Deputy Mayor Phil Barwick Deputy Mayor Phil Barwick

"I would like to see the city take advantage of the impending gas supply and the NBN services"


Register of Interests of Councillor and other related person(s)

Portfolio: Finance and Administration

Councillor Bio

Mount Isa has been my home since arriving as a youngster in the late 1960’s and I have loved the city, the people and the district ever since.

I met and married Catrina here and together we had four children, two of whom have also made Mount Isa their home. They all have children of their own as well, and in all we have six grandchildren.

A qualified electrician, I owned and ran an electrical contracting company during the 1980s and early 1990’s which saw me providing services to the residents, business, government, and industry in Mount Isa and the greater North West.

I sold the company in 1992 and moved into the community sector for the next twenty years as CEO of Mount Isa Skills Association delivering community, social, employment and training programs and projects, again across this fabulous North West Region. I managed and delivered hundreds of community projects during this time and many of these are still relevant today as sporting groups, local councils, and community groups still benefit from their additional infrastructure.

In the late 1990’s I raised funds from State and Federal Government and Engaged with Mount Isa City Council for In kind Support and then project managed the construction of the Mount Isa Multipurpose Recreation Centre (Sunset Basket Basketball Stadium). A few years later I was engaged on the Mount Isa City Council construction committee for the 2007 construction of the awarding winning Rodeo Arena and Xstrata Entertainment Centre at Buchannan Park.

I hold post tertiary qualifications in Community Sector Management, and also post graduate qualifications in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Adelaide, and I am also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

I presently love keeping busy as a Non-Executive Director and Chairperson of North and West Remote Health Ltd. (formerly a Medicare Local), a position to which I was elected in 2012.

I was an elected executive director of the Sydney based national employment company Job Futures Ltd. from 2007 to 2009.

In 2006 it was a great honor to be awarded the Mount Isa Citizen of the Year for services to the community.

In my spare time I have become qualified in design and construction of solar energy systems.

While I see many opportunities for improving the live ability of the city I would like to see the city take advantage of the impending gas supply and the NBN services which should commence during this current council term. I believe that in many ways these can reduce costs to the city and the rate payers. I would very much like to take advantage of the evolving national interest in solar energy supply through innovative infrastructure to further assist the city’s budget.