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City to host 100 conference delegates

Saturday, 21st February, 2015

Duncan Taylor (ICPA NSW State President), Hilary Keigley (Cooma ICPA), Jacinta Cullen (Broken Hill Branch President), Zanna Gale, Penne Clarke and Sara Jackson. Duncan Taylor (ICPA NSW State President), Hilary Keigley (Cooma ICPA), Jacinta Cullen (Broken Hill Branch President), Zanna Gale, Penne Clarke and Sara Jackson.

Broken Hill will host about 100 delegates when the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association NSW (ICPA) holds its annual two-day conference here next month.

The local convening committee met in Broken Hill last week to put the finishing touches to the conference which will be held on March 3 and 4.

“Organisers have spent the last year organising venues, catering and accommodation,” said Penne Clarke, the committee’s publicity officer.

She said the event was an opportunity for the city to display its best features and also receive the economic benefits of hosting around 100 visitors.

“Many of the delegates will be visiting Broken Hill for the first time and some are staying to enjoy the surrounds now that they’ve finally made the trek to the outback,” she said.

The two-day conference has a packed agenda with topics such as connected learning through distance education, early childhood and special education reports.

Speakers will include the Deputy Director General of Education, the University Admissions Centre, Royal Flying Doctor Service and Royal Far West, Centre for Effective Reading.

A new training scheme through RuralBiz Training for home supervisors will also be launched.

“Holding a conference such as this is no small feat, more so when your convening committee is made up of mums that live on stations two and three hours north of Broken Hill,” Ms Clarke said.

“Luckily, the Uniting Church ‘Flying Padre’ and his wife are also members and can offer ‘in town’ assistance.”

The conference will be held at the Musicians’ Club, which has come on board as a sponsor of the event, and Ms Clarke said anyone wanting to attend as an observer must be registered.

“We have been very fortunate to have a gold sponsor, The Pastoralists Association of West Darling, and a number of silver sponsors being Landmark and Rabobank, along with The Musos.

“Other Broken Hill businesses have been extremely generous along with the Broken Hill City Council which is providing the pre-conference dinner venue.”

The conference will start with registrations and a dinner at the Art Gallery on Monday night. On Tuesday night, delegates will dine at the Silverton Hotel after a bus trip to the Mundi Mundi Plains.

The ICPA is a voluntary, not for profit parent body dedicated to ensuring that all rural and remote students have equity of access to a continuing and appropriate education.

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