ICPA celebrates in birth place

Past and present members of the Isolated Children's Parents' Associaton (ICPA) gathered in Bourke in late March to celebrate 50 years since the organisation began. It was founded in the far north west NSW town half a century ago to fight for equal education access for rural and remote students and is still going strong. The celebrations, which included a plaque unveiling by NSW Governor Margaret Beazley, were part of the state's annual three-day conference. The plaque was then mounted beside a memorial tree planted at the Back O'Bourke Exhibition Centre by life members Rory Treweeke and Wally Mitchell (pictured below). Sam and Jenny Bailey, who spoke at the conference, also joined in the celebratory tree planting and dinner on March 30 at the Back O'Bourke centre.

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