Qld Council & Councillor Profiles

E 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 2018 (mostly, they're quick! Watch this space for the full cohort.)


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Tammie Irons

Qld President

Current Portfolios: Teacher Education (Leader)

Branch Member: Westmar-Inglestone

Branch Mentor to: Western Downs, Dawson Valley, and Taroom/Wandoan.

Background: 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. After 14 years at Glenmorgan on the Western Downs, and over 3 years of boarding school for their children, Tammie has moved to Toowoomba with the kids now day students.
Tammie became a member of ICPA – Westmar Inglestone branch - ten years ago when her children began attending the small C&K kindergarten.
Tammie has acted in the role of Treasurer/Registrations for multiple State and Federal conferences and these experiences have increased her passion for equality for rural and remote kids. Tammie along with her branch was responsible for sending out the new member packs for a number of years. She relishes the opportunities to indulge this passion through volunteering for State Council and continues to remain proud of the obvious respect for ICPA from the many government and departmental representatives that attend delegations each year.
Tammie joined State Council at the Goondiwindi conference in 2012 and took on the role of a Vice-President in 2015. This year at the 2018 Winton State Conference Tammie has taken on the role of President. She thoroughly enjoys working with such a wonderful and dedicated group of individuals all united for the common cause of ICPA.



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Louise Martin

Qld Vice President 1

Current Portfolios: Communications (Leader), Distance Education, Financial Assistance, Teacher Education, Travel
Branch Member: Tambo
Branch Mentor to: Blackall, Roma, Tambo


Background: 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 and then completed primary at the Tambo State School, catching the bus to school, after the family moved closer to Tambo. The girls are now at boarding school in Brisbane.
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 in 1995 to take a position as the bookkeeper/cattle manager at Lansdowne. She held this position for 10 years and ended up marrying the neighbour! During Louise’s years at Lansdowne she completed a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Agribusiness, externally over a 7 year period
From the time she moved to the area, she has always played an active role in the community. She served on a number of local committees including the Tambo Stock Show, Tambo Polocrosse Club and Tambo Arts Council. She is currently a member of the local RADF committee.
She joined the Tambo branch of the ICPA several years ago and started playing an active role in 2012 when she attended the Goondiwindi conference as the lone delegate. Louise joined state council in 2013 at the Toowoomba conference and has been vice president since 2015.
Louise enjoys being part of a dedicated, passionate and professional team who work tirelessly to ensure our rural and remote children get an equitable education.



Wendy wsWendy Henning
Qld Vice President 2

Current Portfolios: Specific Needs (Leader), Boarding Schools, Hostels, Communications and Travel
Branch Member: Westmar/Inglestone
Branch Mentor to: Kindon, Moonie, and Westmar/Inglestone

Background: Wendy lives at "Merchison Park" Glenmorgan with her husband Andrew and their four daughters – Annabelle, Kate, Peggy and Jane. 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 three are now at boarding school at St Hilda’s on the coast.
Wendy joined the Westmar Inglestone Branch when the girls were little and has previously been 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 three State Conferences (Goondiwindi, Toowoomba and St George) and also the 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.


Kim H wsKim Hughes

Immediate Past President


 Current Portfolios: Distance Education

Branch Member: Richmond

Branch Mentor to: Clarke Creek, Richmond, Julia Creek


Background: Kim has lived with her husband and three children on ‘Harrogate’, a cattle property west of Richmond in north-west Qld for the past 16 years. Her three children were educated via Charters Towers SDE and then Mt Isa School of the Air. Two children are currently boarding in Townsville in Yr 9 and 11 with the eldest completing Yr 12 in 2016. Kim became a member of ICPA 16 years ago when her oldest daughter started year one and held executive positions as Publicity Officer and Secretary. Kim joined State Council at the Rockhampton Conference in 2011.

Since joining State Council Kim has held the Distance Education, Specific Needs and Curriculum portfolios. Kim became a Vice President in 2012 and was elected President at the 2015 Cloncurry Conference, a position she held until she stood down at the 2018 Conference in Winton. In Kim’s time as President she has helped her team raise the profile of the organisation in Queensland and actively encouraged the next generation of members. The #iamICPA campaign was launched in 2017 and the Queensland Constitution has also had a significant overhaul, bringing it into line with current day practice and ensuring it is relevant into the future. Kim now holds an ex officio position on the Executive as the Immediate Past President.



Gillian wsGillian Semple

Qld Secretary


Branch Member: Richmond
Branch Mentor to: Channel Country, Longreach, North Burnett


Background: Born and bred in Central Queensland, Gillian now calls Richmond in the states north west home which she shares with husband Brett and three children. Two children have left school and the youngest child is in the early stages of boarding school.
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, she believes in working for a strong, positive future for the special people who call far flung places home.
At the Alpha conference, Gillian took over the Secretary’s job for “a change of pace”. 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 wsAnna Appleton
Qld Treasurer

Current Portfolios: Risk Management Officer
Branch Member: Alpha
Branch Mentor to: Alpha, Belyando/Mt Coolon, Springsure


Background: Anna Appleton lives at “Islay Plains” Station, location 70km from Alpha, with her husband Fred and four daughters – Alexandria, 12, Georgia, 11, Harriet, 9 and Temperance, 8. Her eldest daughter attends boarding school at the Rockhampton Grammar School, whilst the younger three girls are educated through the Emerald campus of the Capricornia School of Distance Education.

Distance education is nothing new for Anna, as she completed all her primary schooling through Charters Towers SDE, before attending the Rockhampton Grammar School for all of her secondary education. She has also completed a Bachelor of Business, majoring in marketing, externally through Griffith University as a mature aged student.

Anna has a passion for community events, and is involved in many volunteer roles, including being actively involved with her local ICPA branch (Alpha), and also the secretary for the local Alpha Jockey Club. She 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 DonaldsonKim Donaldson
Qld Assistant Secretary

Current Portfolios: Communications, Curriculum, Early Childhood, Financial Assistance, Tertiary, Trade & Training, Travel
Branch Member: Charters Towers
Branch Mentor to: Far North Qld, Charters Towers and Hughenden


Background: 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, one attending boarding school, and two 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 joined 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.

Melissa Iland wsMelissa Iland
Publicity Officer

Branch Member: Tambo
Branch Mentor to: Arcadia Valley, Clermont, Nebo




Background: Melissa lives on a cattle property, Bayrick, 75km south of Tambo in Central Western Queensland with her husband Kim and three awesome children. 2 boys are currently boarding at, The Southport School on the Gold Coast in years 10 and 8 while her daughter currently attends Tambo State School completing year 6. All children attended Tambo State School at some point, which they stated in 2014 following on from being part of the Mount Isa School of the air family.

Melissa became a member of Tambo Branch in 2013 and has held the position of secretary since then. Prior to Tambo Melissa was a member of Mount Isa BOTA, Richmond branch and Katherine branch (NT). Melissa joined state council in the position of Publicity Officer following the Winton conference this year. Melissa is also currently a student herself, undertaking a fully external uni degree through Swinbune.

Melissa has attended many State and Federal conferences with her first conference being held in Goondiwindi, she was a member of MIBOTA. Melissa joined ICPA Qld to help ensure that remoteness isn’t a limiting factor for educational opportunities. Education can be enjoyed equally by all students no matter the location. Melissa also wants to help support families to find out information in relation to equal opportunities for education via the portal of ICPA.



Kelly Ostwald 2017 wsKelly Ostwald
Councillor/Lone Members Officer

Portfolio: Boarding Schools and Hostels (Leader), Curriculum (Leader), Communications, Distance Education, Specific Needs, Teacher Education

Branch Member: Southern Downs
Branch Mentor: Southern Downs, Talwood and ABC Branches

Background: 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. The youngest child left for Boarding school this year in Toowoomba in year 7. The second youngest is in her last year of Boarding school in Toowoomba and the older 3 children are away at University, one is at QUT Brisbane and the two at BOND University on 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.
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.



Kylie CampKylie Camp

Current Portfolios: Tertiary, Trade and Training (Leader), Boarding Schools/Hostels, Curriculum, Financial Assistance, Schools, Specific Needs
Branch Member: Mt Isa BOTA
Branch Mentor to: Cloncurry, Mt Isa BOTA, Yaraka/Isisford


Background: 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 Portfolio 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.


LouiseLouise Winten

Current Portfolios: Early Childhood (Leader), Boarding Schools, Hostels, Schools and Tertiary, Trade & Training.
Branch Member: Charleville.
Branch Mentor to: Charleville, Charleville BOTA, Cunnamulla.

Background: Louise lives 50km North of Morven in South West Qld on a cattle property with her husband David and 3 children Angus 18, Riley 16 and Ruby 13. Angus has started a Carpentry Apprenticeship in Brisbane and Riley and Ruby are at Boarding School there.
Louise has been Charleville Branch President for 7 years and has attended most State Conferences in that time and enjoyed attending Federal Conference in Alice Springs 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 School’s at Morven State School, P & C’s, 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 achieve equity in education for all isolated children.


 Susi Bellingham


Current Portfolios: Financial Assistance (Leader), Boarding Schools/Hostels, Curriculum, Early Childhood, Specific Needs, Tertiary, Trade & Training, 

Branch Member: Richmond
Branch Mentor to: Augathella, Boulia-Bedourie-Birdsville (B/B/B), McKinlay


Background: Susi lives in North West Queensland on a property 70km south of Richmond with her husband and three children. Her eldest son (Jimmy) is in his second year out working in Western Australia on a station. Her second son (Hughie) is working on a station in the Northern Territory. Both boys completed their secondary schooling at boarding school in Brisbane. The youngest (Amy) is in year 6. Susi has taught both boys their primary education through Mt Isa School of the Air and will finish with the school this year when Amy completes year 6. It will end a 15 year relationship with the school. This is where the seed was planted for her passion for providing education to all children.
Having completed her primary schooling at small rural schools and growing up in the bush she attended boarding school in Toowoomba. After school she received an Associate Diploma in Applied Science from Gatton Ag College. Prior to marriage she worked for the Department of Primary Industries as an experimentalist in Longreach and Julia Creek. Susi joined her husband John in his business after the got married and began an adventure contract fencing and yard building throughout the gulf and Northern Territory.
Having declared she would never step foot into another classroom when she completed school she could never have known that motherhood and the desire to give her children the best possible education would spark a passion for education which has seen her become heavily involved. She spent 2 years as the SODEA rep for Mt Isa School of the Air, is an active member of her P&C, is the president of her local Richmond ICPA branch and contributes to her community. She is presently the secretary of the Maxwelton Race Club.
Susi is proud to be involved in an organisation that will continue to pave the way for equity in education so children of all ages, background and ability can continue to move forward as confident adults who can provide skills that will build stronger communities in rural and remote Queensland. She is appreciative of the work done by ICPA in the past, which has benefited her in educating her children and wishes to now help those into the future.

Jessie wsJessie Persse

Portfolios: Travel (Leader), Boarding Schools/Hostels, Schools, Teacher Education, Tertiary, Trade & Training

Branch Member: Dirranbandi.
Branch Mentor to: Bollon, Thargomindah, Dirranbandi.

Background: Jessie lives 40km east of Dirranbandi in South West Qld on a sheep property with her husband Charlie and three children Olivia, Darcy, and Sam. Olivia boards in Brisbane at Clayfield College and Darcy and Sam attend Dirranbandi P-10 State School.

Jessie is Vice President of the Dirranbandi Branch. Dirranbandi have a succession plan in order and Jessie will move into the President role in two years. Jessie attended her first conference in Alpha. She is passionate about education (boarding and state) and stays involved with curriculum changes, technology and communications.

Jessie's family have been involved with small schools (P-10) at Dirranbandi, VET and tertiary pathways, P&Cs, Boarding, Travel, the Data Drought and Living Away From Home.

Jessie has been involved in a number of local committees and also manages a successful Facebook page (The Farmer's Wife) promoting life in a rural area from a city perspective.

Jessie is enjoying her time as leader of the Travel Portfolio on State ICPA council. She is hoping to be able to draw on her previous committee and life experience to lobby for equity in education for all isolated children.

Kate BradshawKate Bradshaw
Current Portfolios: Distance Education (Leader), Curriculum, Early Childhood, Financial Assistance, Teacher Education,
Branch Member: Winton
Branch Mentor to: Aramac/Muttaburra, Capricornia BOTA, Winton



Background: Kate lives on a cattle property 80km east of Winton in Western Queensland with her husband Mark and three daughters. The girls are currently enrolled at boarding school in Townsville in years 8,10 and 12. Their primary schooling was completed at home through Longreach School of Distance Education.

Kate became a member of Winton Branch twelve years ago and has held the role of publicity officer and is the current branch secretary. Kate was also part of the convening committee for this years’ State Conference held in Winton. It was at this conference she joined State Council and is head of the Distance Education Portfolio.

Kate first attended State Conference in Charters Towers in 2010 and was impressed with the passion, knowledge and dedication of the ICPA members. She has attended many conferences since and is still in admiration of all that ICPA stands for and has achieved over the years. Kate believes education is the best gift you can give your kids. Bush children deserve every opportunity to access an education that is equivalent to what their urban counterparts receive.


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Current Portfolios: Schools (Leader), Curriculum, Distance Education, Early Childhood,Teacher Education, Specific Needs.
Branch Member: St George Branch
Branch Mentor to: Mitchell–Tomoo/Dunkeld, St. George



Background: Michelle is very passionate about education and health in rural and remote areas and have been an active member of the St George branch since her children were born. She lives 94kms north of St George on a property with her husband, Geoff, and children, Thomas and Claire. Michelle is a Primary trained teacher who loves teaching in small and rural schools, but has taught in larger schools in Queensland, private schools and in London. Her children attended a one-teacher school, before finishing their primary years doing distance education. They are both attending boarding schools in Toowoomba for their secondary education. Michelle has worked as a Community Rehabilitation Assistant and a Therapy Assistant at the local hospital and her son has specific needs. Michelle’s own experiences with teaching, educating her own children and the health industry, has fuelled her passion for improving access to education and health for all rural and remote children.