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The Lead Alliance Committee

  • The Lead Alliance is a local committee consisting of the following representatives from Local Government, North West Hospital Health Service, Mount Isa City Council, Glencore Zinc Assets Australia – Mount Isa Mines.

Local Government

Rob Katter MP
State Member for Mount Isa, Chair of The Lead Alliance

Robbie Katter

State Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter, was born and raised in North Queensland and has a strong empathy for rural and regional communities. Robbie has lived and worked in the North West since 2001 and owned and operated his own business in Mount Isa. He worked in the property valuation industry for 16 years, following studies at university, after a two-year stint working in the mines. Robbie served on the Mount Isa City Council as councillor for four years before being elected to Queensland Parliament in 2012 where he currently sits on the Mental Health Select Committee and the State Development and Regional Industries Committee. Robbie is a keen sport fan and is still participating in local sports, having played a high level of rugby league in his younger days.

Robbie has two Electorate Offices one in Charters Towers and the other in Mount Isa where he lives with his wife Daisy and daughters Peaches, Rosie and Georgina. Robbie is a keen animal lover having fostered and adopted several dogs through the local animal rescue Paws Hoofs and Claws, he has been known to tread the boards at the local theatre in the past and can often be found attending sporting events on the weekend. Robbie is a qualified pilot and uses these skills to navigate his way around the vast Traeger electorate in his own plane.

As chair of the Lead Alliance, Robbie believes all parties in the Alliance are working well towards ensuring Mount Isa is a safe, liveable city.

Mount Isa City Council

Peta MacRae
Mayor of Mount Isa City Council








Peta MacRae was elected Mayor of Mount Isa City Council in March 2024, following two consecutive terms as a Mount Isa City Councillor. She has worked in many positions within Education Queensland, has been involved in many community groups such as the Zonta Club of Mount Isa and Commerce North West, and, more recently, is chair of the Country Universities Centre Mount Isa board

Glencore – Mount Isa Mines

Maryann Wipaki
General Manager Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC)

Maryann Wipaki

Maryann Wipaki is an executive with more than 25 years’ experience in the mining industry. In 2021, Maryann was awarded the Dyno Nobel Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources. As the General Manager for Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) for Glencore Zinc Assets Australia she leads a substantial portfolio covering health and safety, environmental performance, community engagement and social performance with responsibilities spanning several mining and processing operations. At an international level, Maryann supports Glencore’s global HSEC functions.

Maryann commenced her mining career at Mount Isa Mines in the mid 90s, moving into the safety field in the early
2000’s. Maryann was appointed Manager Safety and Health for North Queensland in 2006, a portfolio which grew
exponentially in 2012, taking on a broadened scope of responsibilities including those functions essential to the
sustainability of the mining operations and its social license to operate. In 2017 Maryann was appointed into a new
General Manager Health, Safety, Environment and Community position.

Born and raised in Cloncurry Queensland, she is actively involved in regional committees and groups, with a key focus on sustainable improvements in HSEC performance and outcomes. She holds a key position on the Queensland Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee for the Queensland Minister for Resources.

Health Service Chief Executive

Sean Birgan

Sean brings over 38 years of nursing experience, including 20 years in senior leadership and management roles. Recently Sean worked as the Health Department COVID-19 System Response Lead coordinating the state’s COVID-19 operational response.

Sean holds post graduate qualifications in Critical Care Nursing and Masters in Health Management and is currently an executive member of the Queensland Clinical Senate.

Sean has a keen interest in the development of staff into leadership roles and the promotion of new models of care. He also has a keen interest in disaster management and preparedness. Sean provides ongoing support to Indonesian nurses and health executives working in Bali as part of the Bali Memorial Package. This role incorporates assisting in the improvement of health services in Bali and developing the leadership and management skills of Balinese healthcare workers.

Sean is enjoying the challenges and opportunities of working in a remote environment at North West HHS.ayor