Branch Executives


QLD 4610
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QLD 4610
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Publicity Officer

PMB 11
QLD 4610
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Branch Mentor

QLD 4385
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Welcome to the Auburn-Burrandowan-Cadarga page.

Branch History

The Auburn-Cadarga Branch held its inaugural meeting at Auburn Station on 27th June 1973. Inaugural president, Betty Webb had heard on the radio in 1971 that a group of people were meeting at Bourke to form an association to lobby governments to improve the education of students in remote areas of the country. As she had experienced many of the same problems with her children’s education, Betty became a lone member of the newly formed Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association.

In 1973, local families decided to form their own branch of the Association and called it Auburn-Cadarga after two prominent stations in the area. In 1984, it was felt that some members who resided to the east did not relate to the name so it was decided the name ‘Burrandowan’, another historic station, be included making it Auburn-Burrandowan-Cadarga Branch, or A.B.C. for short.
This year we celebrate 40 years and will be holding an event in June to mark the occasion.


ABC Branch represents a wide variety of families throughout our area, and is inclusive of:
• Families with children attending a Band 5, 1 and 2 Teacher schools
• Families with children at larger but still rural and remote, state and independent schools
• Families who have younger children at the moment
• School of Distance Education families
• Families with children at boarding schools and hostels
Geographically, the ABC branch area is in the Burnett and Western Downs region - north and west of Kingaroy. ABC branch covers the area from Mundubbera in the north to Chinchilla in the south and Goomeri in the east.
There are 45 state schools in the area and all of them are considered to be rural and remote by Education Queensland. Of these 45 schools, 26 of them are small schools. There are also independent schools in some of our larger towns – eg Kingaroy, Chinchilla, Murgon and Gayndah.

Goals of the Branch 
ABC Branch is focussed on ICPA’s aims - “Working together for equity of access to education for all students who live in rural and remote Australia”.
The branch meets face to face about three times each year and some meetings are held by teleconference in the evening.
The branch has funded delegates to state and federal conference over the years and in 2012 ABC Branch state conference resolutions that were passed included
We will be sending delegates to both state and federal conferences in 2013 and see these events as opportunities for our members to become involved in the process of advocating for equitable access to educational opportunity for every child.
We also have past state president and federal councillor, Peter Powne, as an active member of our branch and we value his wisdom, experience and perspective, and current federal councillor Shaun Hall is also a member of ABC branch.
At our face to face meetings we often have a topical guest speaker on issues of importance in education and we have run forums in the past.

ABC has co-hosted state conferences and midyear council meetings, has been an active member of the many communities is covers over its 40 years and is considered a vital link to raising issues of educational importance.
The branch recently introduced a bursary for secondary school students to pursue a co-curricular activity.
Our 40th anniversary will also be a focus of our attention in 2013 with a luncheon fundraising event being held in late June at the Burrandowan Picnic Race course.

ABC Branch Extra Curricular Bursary 2013
ABC branch is offering one bursary in 2013 for a secondary student endeavouring in an extra curricular field. The bursary is worth up to $250.
Entry is open to all secondary students in geographic area bordered by South Burnett Regional Council, Gympie Council west of Kilkivan, Western Downs council north of the Warrego Highway and west to Auburn Road
Student must complete a 200- 300 word essay on why they would like to be supported in their endeavour and provide a reference relating to the chosen field. The student needs to write the essay.
Entries close 14 April 2013 with announcement in May
Examples of eligible activities include (but is not restricted to):
- Music or sporting lessons
- Travel to camp related to activity
How to enter - please either post or email entries to ABC ICPA branch publicity officer: Georgie Somerset, "My Yon", MS 612, Kingaroy 4610 

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