Qld Council & Councillor Profiles

THE QUEENSLAND STATE COUNCIL is the properly constituted body elected by financial members within the state. Queensland Council has the general control and management of the affairs, property and funds of the association, ICPA (Qld) Inc.

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 Qld Council at State Conference, Alpha 2016


Kim Hughes profile 2016Kim Hughes
Qld State President

Current Portfolio: Curriculum (Head).  As President, Kim sits on all other portfolios
Branch Member: Richmond.
Branch Mentor to: Aramac/Muttaburra, Cloncurry, Julia Creek & Richmond.

Kim has lived with her husband and three children on ‘Harrogate’, a cattle property west of Richmond in north-west Qld for the past 14 years.  Her three children were educated via Charters Towers SDE and then Mt Isa School of the Air and are currently boarding at The Cathedral School in Townsville in Yr 7, 9 & 12 respectively. Kim became a member of ICPA thirteen years ago when her oldest daughter started year one and held executive positions as Publicity Officer and Secretary (a position she still holds). Kim joined State Council at the Rockhampton Conference in 2011. 

Since joining State Council Kim has held the Distance Education and Specific Needs portfolios, and now leads the Curriculum portfolio. Kim was a Vice President for three years before being elected President at the 2015 Cloncurry Conference. Kim has many goals she would like to achieve in her time as president. Raising the ICPA profile and encouraging the next generation of members are a priority, as well as using all available outlets to champion rural and remote education and the families ICPA represent.

Andrew PeglerAndrew Pegler profile 2015_1
Qld Immediate Past President

Current Portfolio: Communications (Head) & Specific Needs.
Branch Member: Yaraka/Isisford.
Branch Mentor to: B/B/B, Channel Country, Clermont, Yaraka/Isisford

Andrew is the Immediate Past President of ICPA Qld, having stood down from the president’s role at the 2015 ICPA State Conference held in Cloncurry. He is head of the Communications Portfolio on ICPA Qld Council.

Most of Andrew’s primary education was via The Primary Correspondence School and Charleville School of the Air, while living on a station in the Quilpie area. His boarding school years were spent at Toowoomba’s St Joseph’s College (year 7) and Downlands College (years 8-10), boarding for this time at Downlands.

From 1978 – 81 he worked in the rural industry as a jackaroo/stockman, including twelve months in the Northern Territory.  In 1982 he spent eight months in Canada working and travelling. This was followed by four years in a family partnership running stock and operating earth moving equipment on seismic exploration and oilrig jobs. From 1987 – 92 he leased a block of “rough country” and ran merino sheep. In 1993 he moved to Yaraka, working as a rural contractor.

In 1997, Andrew and his partner Mary (also an ICPA tragic and Life Member of Yaraka Isisford Branch) purchased “Navarra” from Mary’s parents.  “Navarra” is fifty-six km south west of Yaraka and on it they run merino sheep, cattle and feral goats. They also own and operate Outback Aqua, a tank and water infrastructure supply business.

Their family consists of Mary’s daughter, Annie Herbert (nee Greer) and their daughter, Andi-Claire.  Annie and her husband Matthew are the proud parents of Scarlett Victoria born 25/1/16. Andi-Claire is studying a double degree at Flinders University – Education (Early Childhood Major) and Arts (Visual Arts Major).

Andrew was elected to ICPA Federal Council 2002 and served as Federal Vice President from 2005 – 2009. This was followed by his election to Qld Council 2009 as Vice President. Andrew was a member of the Isisford Shire Council for two and half terms until the shire was removed via compulsory shire amalgamation and was a member of the AgForce Vegetation Management Review Panel. He is currently a member of Longreach Regional Council Wild Dog Baiting Control Committee and numerous local (Yaraka/Isisford) community organisations

Andrew’s other interests include motor bikes, (having successfully completed the Finke Desert Race three times), reading, travel, photography and Sudoku.  Via the Recognition of Prior Learning pathway, Andrew has obtained an Advanced Diploma Rural Business Management – UQ – Gatton Campus.

On Australia Day 2016 Andrew was presented with the Longreach Regional Council Isisford / Yaraka Citizen of the Year Award for making a significant contribution to the growth and development of the community and giving outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

He is a “passionate believer in and advocate for a sustainable and viable future for rural and remote Australia.”

Tammie Irons profile 2015Tammie Irons
Qld Vice President 1

Current Portfolios: Teacher Education (Leader), Schools (Leader), Curriculum,  Early Childhood & RREAP.
Branch Member: Westmar-Inglestone.
Branch Mentor to: Clarke Creek, Dawson Valley, Western Downs,  and Taroom/Wandoan.

Tammie grew up in the Dawson Valley at Theodore on a cotton farm and attended the state school to Year 10, and boarded at Rockhampton Grammar School for Year 11 and 12.  Tammie has lived with her husband Rob on their cattle and cropping property at Glenmorgan for 11 years.  Their daughter attends Toowoomba Anglican College & Preparatory School in Year 8 while their two sons remain at Glenmorgan SS with enrolments of 12 students in 2016. 

Tammie became a member of ICPA – Westmar Inglestone branch - nine years ago when her children began attending the small C&K kindergarten.

Tammie attended her first conference in Charters Towers in 2010 and then Federal Conference in Darwin in 2011 and has continued to be thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and dedication of ICPA as a whole.  She loves discussing ICPA with friends and family and encouraging anyone who is involved in education at any level to become a part of ICPA. 

Tammie acted in the role of Treasurer/Registrations Officer of the Convening Committee of the 2012 ICPA State Conference hosted in Goondiwindi and again at the 2013 Conference in Toowoomba.  Tammie also took up this role once again as her branch hosted Federal Conference in Brisbane in 2015.  These experiences have increased her passion for equality for rural and remote kids and she relishes her role on State Council which allows her to indulge her passion whilst meeting new people.  She continues to remain proud of the obvious respect for ICPA from the many government and departmental representatives that attend delegations each year. 

Tammie is proud to be a part of Qld State Council and thoroughly enjoys working with such a wonderful and dedicated group of individuals all united for the common cause of ICPA. 

Louise MartinLouise Martin profile 2015
Qld Vice President 2

Current Portfolios:  Financial Assistance (Leader), Communications, RREAP, Teacher Education, Boarding Schools & Hostels.
Branch member:  Tambo.
Branch mentor to: Blackall & Taroom/Wandoan.

Louise Martin is married, with twin girls born in December 2005.  She lives on a sheep and cattle property 30km from Tambo.  The girls did prep and year one with Charleville School of Distance Education before the family moved closer to Tambo in December 2012.  The girls now catch the school bus to attend Tambo State School.

Louise was born and raised in the Augathella district.  She did correspondence through Charleville School of the Air for primary schooling.  Her year 7 class was the pilot group for the current Distance Ed program. (Miss Varcin is the only teacher Louise remembers from all those years!)  She went on to board at Stuartholme for years 8-12 before heading to Longreach Pastoral College.

Once out in the real world, she worked for several years jillarooing, before heading overseas.  For 5 years she worked as James Packers polo groom – a position that allowed her to see the world – of which she feels most fortunate. 

Louise moved to Tambo 17 years ago to take a position as the bookkeeper/cattle manager at Lansdowne.  She held this position for 10 years and ended up marrying the neighbour! 

From the time she moved to the area, she has always played an active role in the community.  She served on the Tambo Stock Show executive for 10 years in roles ranging from President to Treasurer and others. She has been the Treasurer of the Tambo Polocrosse Club for the last 5 years.  

In addition, Louise holds the current positions of; President of the Tambo Arts Council,   member of the local RADF committee and Convenor of the local book club.  These ‘jobs’ keep her fully involved with the Tambo community.

She joined the Tambo branch of the ICPA several years ago and started playing an active role last year when she attended the Goondiwindi conference as the lone delegate.  She currently holds the position of branch Treasurer. 

Louise’s mother is Patricia Mitchell, the current patron of ICPA Qld, so her involvement with ICPA is ‘in the blood’, so to speak!


Gillian Semple

Qld Secretary

Gillian Secretary Current Portfolios:
Distance Education & Hostels.

Branch Member: Richmond.

Branch Mentor To: Longreach & Winton.

Born and bred in Central Queensland, Gillian now calls the North West, near Richmond, home which she shares with her rooster, Brett and three very special chickens; Patrick, Mia and Ethan. With one left at home in the distance education schoolroom, one still at boarding school and one flown the coup, the mother hen has experience across all levels of education. She loves cows, clothes, country air and when someone else does the cooking!

Since 2013, Gillian was the face behind the Publicity Officer’s camera and email address - she took her job of promoting ICPA both within the organisation, and externally, very seriously because she believes so strongly in what ICPA stands for and who it represents. With a deep sense of connection to rural and remote, this chick believes in working for a strong, positive future for the special people who call far flung places home. “Bush babies are important to the success of rural Qld, it’s important we give them every opportunity to fly.”

At the Alpha conference, Gillian took over the Secretary’s job, for “a change of pace and to keep my hand in because I’m so not done!” She enjoys working with State Council and being part of the whole ICPA process and looks forward to helping shape the future and contributing to ensuring Equity. Opportunity. Support for our bush babies.


Anna Appleton
Qld TreasurerAnna Appleton Councillor

Current Portfolios: Risk Management Officer.

Branch Member: Alpha.

 Branch Mentor to: Alpha, Quilpie & St George.

Anna Appleton lives at “Islay Plains” Station (half way between Clermont & Alpha), with her husband Fred and four daughters – Alexandria, 11, Georgia, 9, Harriet, 8 and Temperence, 6. Her girls are educated through the Capricornia School of Distance Education, which is nothing new for Anna as she completed all her primary schooling through Charters Towers SDE. Anna then completed her secondary education at boarding school, the Rockhampton Grammar School.

Anna is actively involved with her local ICPA branch (Alpha), and is also the secretary for the local Alpha Race Club. She has a passion for community events and is active in many voluntary roles.
Anna has a strong understanding of rural education and is an advocate for children in rural and remote locations having access to quality education and opportunities equal to their urban counterparts.


Kim Donaldson profile 2015Kim Donaldson
Qld Assistant Secretary

Current Portfolios:  Boarding Schools, Early Childhood, Financial Assistance, Hostels & Travel.
Branch Member: Charters Towers.
Branch Mentor to:  Far North Qld, Charters Towers and Hughenden.

Kim was born and bred in the bush and lives on the family property in north Queensland.  She and her husband Bevan have three children, two are attending boarding school and the eldest is at university.  Her children are the 4th generation of her family to complete their primary schooling by distance education, and then move to boarding school for their secondary schooling.

Kim was elected to State Council in 2008 and became Assistant Secretary in 2009.  She is passionate about ensuring all children have as many educational opportunities as possible available to them.

Jacqui BealeJacqui Beale profile 2015

Current Portfolios: Boarding Schools (Leader), Travel, and Hostels (Leader) & Tertiary, Trade & Training.
Branch Member: Mitchell/Tomoo.
Branch Mentor to: Augathella, Bollon & Thargomindah.  

Background: Mungallala local, Jacqui Beale joined Council at the Toowoomba Conference in 2013, eager to direct her energies for the ICPA motto; equitable access to educational opportunities for rural and remote students. 

As mother of 2 children who have had various educational experiences, from a small school,  large Catholic school (1000+), via distance education and now boarding school, Jacqui, together with husband Rob, is equipped with first hand experiences to know and understand the challenges facing families as they navigate the education freeway.

ICPA has always been present in Jacqui's life, starting in childhood when she would accompany her mother to meetings of the Boulia/Bedourie/Birdsville branch.  Her mother was a very active member and Jacqui has many strong memories of the hours spent backwards and forwards to meetings and events from her home south of Boulia.  These experiences, at a young age, cemented for Jacqui how great and influential an organisation ICPA is.

She was educated via distance education, through Brisbane and Mt Isa School of the Air, before heading off to boarding school in Brisbane from year 5.

As an adult, Jacqui was reluctant to join her local Mitchell/Tomoo branch - she kept looking at all the young Mum’s and thinking, 'I have been going to ICPA meetings before some of you were a twinkle in your parents eyes!'  However, having her own children, and educating them, bought home how important ICPA is - she joined the branch in 2008 and hasn't looked back!

On Council, Jacqui takes on the Boarding Schools and Hostels portfolio.  For rural and remote families, sending children away from home to board is a fact of life, not an option.  Jacqui is looking forward to helping ensure the options remain relevant and effective for families who rely on them. 

She is looking forward to being a team member of Council, and working with commitment to achieve the aim of the motto – equality!

Edwina Hick photo cropEdwina Hick

Current Portfolio: Distance Education (Leader), Curriculum, Communications & Specific Needs.
Branch Member: Julia Creek.
Branch Mentor to: Capricornia BOTA, Julia Creek & McKinlay.

Background: Edwina and her husband Patrick live on Argyle Station, one of five family owned and operated cattle properties in the Julia Creek district.
Their two children, Ella and Will, have done all of their primary schooling via Distance Education through Mount Isa School of the Air. Ella is currently attending boarding school, while Will still has a couple of years to go.
Edwina has been involved in the local branch of ICPA since Ella was 9 months old. She has held the positions of Secretary and Treasurer for the local branch.
More recently, Edwina spent the last four years as a Councillor on the McKinlay Shire Council with the portfolio of Community Service.
In her spare time Edwina enjoys, reading, playing tennis, attending and competing in horse events, and visiting new places.
Edwina looks forward to the challenges ahead with the ICPA.


Natalie KennyNatalie Kenny profile 2015
Publicity Officer/Lone Members Officer

Current Portfolios: Curriculum, Distance Education, Teacher Education, Loan Members Officer & VISE Rep.
Branch Member: Belyando/Mt Coolon.
Branch Mentor to: Belyando/Mt Coolon, Nebo & North Burnett.

Natalie Kenny lives at “Llanarth Station” (half way between Clermont & Charters Towers), with her husband John and four children – Amelia 14, Gabrielle 12, Laura 10 and William 5.  Her two oldest girls are boarders at St Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane, while the younger children are educated through Distance Education, just as Natalie was for her primary years.  She has ICPA memories from childhood when her mother was involved in the local branch and then became a member herself in 2001 when her brother-in-law was the local branch president and encouraged her to come along.  She later held the position of president for 5 years.

Natalie is actively involved with her local ICPA branch (Belyando/Mt Coolon), and is also the secretary for the Clermont & District Education Group which raises funds to provide grants to local school leavers who need a helping hand in order to make the transition into further education or jobs.  She has a passion for community events and is on the committee of her local bush races, Twin Hills.

Natalie is extremely passionate about children in rural and remote locations having access to quality education and understands the huge role ICPA Qld plays in supporting these kids.  “As our bush kids grow up they may choose to live in remote Australia or metropolitan centres, but either way they need the skills to be able to live in today’s global and technological society, and, as parents, we have a duty to provide them with an education that will let them do this well.”


Kylie Camp


Kylie Camp profile 2015

Current Portfolios: Tertiar,y Trade & Training (Head), Specific Needs
Branch Member: Mt Isa BOTA.
Branch Mentor to: Mt Isa BOTA.

Kylie has been a member of Mt Isa Branch of the Air (BOTA) since 2001. She was Branch Vice President for three years prior to becoming President in 2010 – a position she still retains. In her role as President she is also involved in the Branch’s Sports for Bush Kids sub committee- running an annual sporting camp for families in the MISOTA catchment. In her other life she and her husband, Ernie, live in the Gulf on “Floraville Downs”  with their four children. Their eldest is currently at TAFE studying Childcare and her other three attend schools in Toowoomba in Yrs 8,10 and 11 respectively. One of her children has specific learning needs which has been quite a challenging, emotional journey but also rewarding. She was a governess for eight years and taught her children, with the help of a governess when all the kids were in the classroom, for twelve years. She has been a member of the ICPA C2C reference group for several years and been Portofolio Research Officer for State Council for the past two. She is a member of local sporting groups, CWA, Landcare as well as on the executive of her local Kindergarten and Chair of the Shire Regional Arts Development Fund committee.


Louise Winten


Current Portfolios: Early Childhood (Leader), Tertiary, Trade & Training & Schools.Louise Dunne Councillor
Branch Member: Charleville (President).
Branch Mentor to:  Charleville, Charleville BOTA &Cunnamulla.

Louise lives 50km North of Morven in South West Qld on a cattle property with her husband David and 3 children, Angus 16, Riley 14 and Ruby 11. The boys are boarders in Brisbane at Churchie, Yr 11 and 9 and Ruby Yr 6 is at TACAPS in Toowoomba. The family decided a few years ago to do the term time move to Toowoomba for education but in 2017, Ruby will move to St Margaret’s in Brisbane as a boarder and Louise will head home.
Louise has been Charleville Branch President for 5 years and has attended most State Conferences in that time and enjoyed attending Federal Conference in Brisbane last year. She has always felt passionate about her children’s education and likes to keep involved with schools, curriculum changes and legislative moves regarding education.
The family has been involved with Distance Education through Charleville, Small Schools at Morven State School, P & Cs, RREAP, Boarding, Independent schools, Travel, Data Drought, Specific Needs, Living Away from Home and now VET and Tertiary pathways!
Louise enjoys being involved in the community and has held many positions on various committees in and around Morven and in schools that her children are attending.
Louise feels that now is the time that she can give to ICPA who lobby so effectively on behalf of all and hopes that she is able to use some of her experiences to help keep pushing for equity in education for all isolated children.



Wendy Henning profile 2015Wendy Henning

Current Portfolios: Specific Needs (Head), Communications & Travel.
Branch Member: Westmar/Inglestone.
Branch Mentor to:  Kindon, Moonie, Roma & Westmar/Inglestone.

Wendy lives at "Merchison Park" Glenmorgan with her husband Andrew and their four daughters.   Together they run their cattle and mixed cropping business.  All the girls have attended the local small primary school Teelba State School where Wendy also works part time as a Teacher Aide.  The eldest two are now at boarding school on the coast.

Wendy joined the Westmar Inglestone Branch when the girls were little and is now Secretary for the branch.  Wendy attended her first conference in Mt Isa, when the debate was all about prep being introduced!  Since then Wendy has also been a part of the organising committee of two State Conferences (Goondiwindi and Toowoomba) and also this year’s Federal Conference in Brisbane.

Wendy joined State Council to work with fellow, like minded, people who have a passion for all levels of education for our greatest assets, our children and the opportunity to have the hands on ability to help lobby for all ages and stages.

Kelly OstwaldKelly Ostwald 2015

Current Portfolios: Travel (Head), Schools, Financial Assistance & Schools.
Branch Member: Southern Downs.
Branch Mentor to:  Dirrandbandi, Southern Downs &Talwood.

Kelly lives  on a Property  West of Texas Qld, where she and her husband Dan run the Family Rural Operations  consisting of cropping and Cattle.  Kelly has educated her children through Distance Education in Dubbo before moving to Texas.  One child attends the local State Primary School and two are away at Boarding school in Toowoomba and 2 children are away at University, one is Brisbane and the other at the Gold Coast.

Kelly is an active member of her local community and has held many roles on community organizations over the years.  She has been involved in the Texas Little Athletics, Texas Swimming club and race director of the local Triathlon for 5 years.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Nursing.  Her interests include Running, Triathlons, reading and travel and relaxing with friends.

Kelly is very passionate about education and the need for all children to have access to the same opportunities.


Kate Twist


Current Portfolios: Curriculum (Leader), Distance Education, Tertiary Trade & Training & Schools. Kate Twist
Branch Member: Mitchell-Tomoo/Dunkeld.
Branch Mentor to: Auburn/Burrandowan/Cadarga (ABC), Arcadia Valley, Mitchell-Tomoo/Dunkeld and St George.

Kate has lived in rural areas of south-west Queensland all her life, except when she spent two years at boarding school on the Coast. She now lives on a cattle property with her husband and family.
Kate educated her three daughters through Distance Education from Pre-school to year 7, before sending them to boarding school in Brisbane. Her oldest daughter is an Occupational Therapist and her younger girls are completing degrees at University.
After attending the Federal Conference in Charleville in 2002, Kate began to really grasp the importance of ICPA to our rural and remote schools and students. From this Kate decided that being involved was the only way that she could help to lobby for the equity that all students in rural and remote areas deserve, so attended many State Conferences as a branch delegate armed with motions.
Kate was elected to State Council in 2010 and was Secretary from 2011 until 2016, when she went back to being a councillor.