Southern Downs

Welcome to Southern Downs Branch! 

The Southern Downs Branch began its journey as the Stanthorpe District Branch on the 2nd November 2000, when 7 families joined and Mrs Cathy Smith was voted in as the inaugural President. With the support of the communities and families from a little further afield, the branch has grown to encompass the areas of Stanthorpe, Karara, Inglewood, Texas and over the border to Bonshaw and has now become known as the Southern Downs Branch. Today the branch has around 35 members and enjoys support from a number of P & Cs and organisations. We are an active branch in our community that engages with our families and students and meets quarterly to discuss ideas and ways to ensure our students are well supported.
Since 2014 the Southern Downs ICPA Diligence award has been given to students who attend schools where P & C’s are members of our branch. This award aims to recognise those students who strive to reach their potential in academic studies, sport, attitude and general conduct within their school.

The current annual membership fee for Southern Downs Branch is $50/family.

Branch Members who have served on State Council:

Carmel Elliott - Qld Assistant Secretary 2002 - 2005; Qld Webmaster 2002 - 2007

Jo Clark - State Councillor 2005 - 2008

Kelly Ostwald - State Councillor 2015 - 2021; Qld State Secretary 2019 - 2021

Branch Members who have served on Federal Council:

Carmel Elliott - Federal Councillor 2011 - 2012; Federal Treasurer 2012 - 2014; Federal Webmaster 2002 - 2007; Federal Website Manager 2002 - 2010; Compiled Federal Conference Minutes 2014 - 2018 

Kate Gray - Federal Councillor 2015 – 2016; Federal Treasurer 2016 - 2017

Federal Awards:
ICPA Certificate of Appreciation – Carmel Elliott, 2011 

Queensland Awards:
ICPA Certificate of Appreciation – Carmel Elliott, 2016 

Branch Life Membership: Carmel Elliott, 2019 

The Southern Downs Branch Bursary:
One bursary will be awarded per tertiary student per  year to undertake placement in the fields of health and education within the Southern Downs ICPA area.  Applications via email to 

Branch Executive
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Stacey Gall

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Kim Ramsay

A member of our team

Jill Finlay

A member of our team

Kate Gray

Vice President
Branch Mentor
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Kasie Scott

Branch Mentor
Branch Life Members
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Carmel Elliott

Life Member
Carmel Elliott

Mrs Carmel Elliott

Life Member