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ICPA conference highlights success in the bush

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell and ICPA NSW President Claire Butler at the annual ICPA conference in Hay. Photo supplied

President of the Bourke ICPA Tanya Mitchell makes a presentation at the annual ICPA conference in Hay. Photo supplied

Enngonia and Weilmoringle schools have finally been included in the NBN satellite system, after years of advocating by the Isolated Children’s Parents Association.

ICPA President Claire Butler said the schools were among 12 in regional NSW which were not on the NBN fibre optic technology, which meant they had to access different technology for their internet and digital requirements.

At last week’s annual conference in Hay, that item was one which Ms Butler said she was very happy to see completed successfully and no longer on the long list of motions.

“The presentation from the Telstra team was exciting for us because it showed that we can effect change as an organisation,” she said.

“The ICPA has been advocating for years for the schools that are on satellite internet, which is different to NBN satellite, it uses different technology.

“We have been told those schools are getting the fibre optic technology, so after many years of advocating there is agreement between the Minister for Education and Telstra.

“It’s wonderful to see that being rolled out in Enngonia and Weilmoringle currently, also in Louth and Wanaaring, and in other schools soon and it’s exciting for us as an organisation.

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