Branches

Branch Executives

President

MR SANCIA FEGAN
KELLOSHIEL STATION
JULIA CREEK
QLD 4823
T: 07 4746 8485
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Secretary

MRS JACKI BISHOP
GALLIPOLI STN
PMB 60
MT ISA
QLD 4825
T: 08 89645560
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Treasurer

MRS TINA BARRETT
AVON DOWNS
PMB 40
MT ISA
QLD 4825
T: 08 8964 5551
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Publicity Officer

MRS JACKI BISHOP
GALLIPOLI STN
PMB 60
MT ISA
QLD 4825
T: 08 89645560
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Branch Mentor

MRS KYLIE CAMP
PO BOX 77
FLORAVILLE STATION
BURKETOWN
QLD 4830
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Welcome to the Mt Isa BOTA (Branch of the Air) page.

The ICPA, Mt Isa Branch of the Air conducted its inaugural meeting in 1978. Permission had to be obtained from the RFDS for these meetings to be conducted on channels 6965 and 5445 over the HF radio.

The members of 1978 included:
Jenny Old Chris McIntosh Chris McDonald Pat Carrington
Lenore Camp Heather Murray Judy Mainwarrring Cath Kerlin
Leslie Colston Helen McKerrow Joanne Delahunty Rhonda Braithwaite
Margot Stevens Sandra Noakes G. Webber Rayleigh Winter
R. Miller Cath McMillian June Clarke Mary Scholes
Joni Curr Yvonne McCoy Betty Brown.

Many of these ladies are now the grandmothers of Mt Isa SOTA students. Over the years many meetings have been disrupted when atmospheric conditions made it impossible to hear over the static. Medical emergencies were also a reason for meetings to be disbanded.

The first telephone meeting was held in late 2004 as Mt Isa SOTA implemented a telephone system. It's sad to think the HF Radio is now obsolete, but members certainly won't miss the static and poor reception of day's gone by.

The branch of 2005 boasts members from stations in most areas surrounding Mt Isa. These include Camooweal, Normanton, Burketown, Cloncurry, Mt Isa, Boulia and Julia Creek. Presently our branch has a member on State Council. Lorraine McGinnis was elected in 2004 and we are thrilled that North West Queensland is represented at this high level. We have been lucky to have many members over the years make the commitment to attend both State and Federal Conferences. We feel it's so important for us to contribute to the decision making of ICPA.

Since 1978 our branch has donated an award at the Mt Isa SOTA Year 7 graduation called the Citizenship award. The 2004 winner was Georgie Keats from Gleeson Station, Cloncurry. An initiative of our branch is "Sports for Bush Kids" conducted at the end of the year in Mt Isa. Members felt that children from the bush missed out on team sport, especially noticeable when they started boarding school. Mention must be made of members, Julie Spreadborough and Kelsey Neilson, the first co-ordinators whose vision and hard work have resulted in an event the children look forward to. At the end of 2004 175 children from pre to secondary participated in the four days, involved in sports such as Rugby League, Swimming, Hockey, Cricket, Gymnastics and sports awareness sessions for the littlies.

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