What’s an Irishman Doing in Mt. Isa?

It’s a long way from the green fields of Ireland, to the red dust of remote northwest Queensland. Yet it’s here that Peter Gogsch, originally from Killarney in Ireland’s south, has lived and worked since moving to Australia in 2002.

Peter completed his degree at the University of Cork, before taking up a position in Longreach with O’Regan & Partners, a chartered accountancy practice that provides professional accountancy, taxation and business services to individuals, businesses and local government in regional and remote Queensland.

After completing his CA in 2006, Peter moved to Mt Isa to manage a new office for the practice. He’s now a partner at the firm, and has made Mt Isa his permanent home, which he shares with his partner and five-year old daughter.

Peter says that one of the things he most enjoys about Mt Isa, is the work-life balance that comes with living in a country town, and the closeness of its community.

“Having grown up in a smaller town in Ireland, I am a country-type person, and it’s hard to imagine myself living in an urban centre. For me, being part of the community, and giving back to the community is something I’m very passionate about. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to do that.”

Peter is involved with one of the local Rotary clubs, and is Treasurer for the Mt Isa Rotary Rodeo.

“The Mt Isa Rodeo is the biggest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere, and it’s a huge tourist attraction and a huge boost to the local economy. Needless to say, it is our largest community service project, which raises significant funds for various community and sporting groups in town, and supports the work of the town’s two Rotary clubs.”

Peter is also a director with the Mt Isa Irish Association and Irish Club, set up in the 1950s to promote Irish history and culture to the Irish community of Mt Isa, providing a connection and reminder of his former home.

Peter’s volunteer work reflects a broader ethos of serving the community where he lives and works.

“I believe as a Chartered Accountant and Rotarian we play a pivotal role in not only considering the impact of our decisions on ourselves, but more importantly the community at large.”

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