WA State Council 2019  

Tash Johns

Tash Johns 2Branch: Pilbara

Tash lives 20km from Marble Bar on a small property. Together with her husband Seton, they run a Fencing and Native Seed Supply business.

Tash has 3 children who are all currently attending boarding school  and University. Tash was Home Tutor to her children whilst they attended Port Hedland School of the Air before heading to boarding school.

Tash was previously a member of the Lones Branch, before joining the Pilbara Branch. She has held various positions in her Branch, including Vice President and President. She has been a member of the WA State Council since 2015 and during her time on State Council, Tash has also held the positions of Vice President and Councillor plus the portfolios for Travel and Allowances.

Tash is looking forward to continuing the hard work of WA State Council and working with such a talented and vibrant group of ladies.

Tash enjoys spending valuable time with her family. She loves to camp out, travel and knit (when time permits!) 


Sally Brindal

Sally Brindal 3Branch: Midwest

Sally lives in Mingenew, a small farming community in the Midwest. She has been farming in partnership with her husband Steve for 20 years, firstly as a mixed enterprise and now just broadacre cropping. They have three children who are currently at boarding school and university in Perth. In her previous life Sally was the Legal & Business Manager for an agricultural accountancy firm in the UK; knowledge and experience that has been most useful in setting up and running their own business.

 Sally became a member of the Midwest Branch in 2013, the year her eldest child went away to boarding school. ICPA had always been on her radar and she thought it was be a good organisation to be a part of with her daughter starting boarding school.  However, since joining Sally quickly realised that ICPA is so much more than just about children going away to boarding school or School of the Air. There are so many issues that affect access to an equitable education for children from all rural areas starting from early childhood right through to tertiary.

 Sally joined State Council at her 2nd State Conference in 2018. She is super excited to be part of such a great organisation and relishes the opportunity to network with people from across our State and beyond. When time permits Sally enjoys playing hockey and tennis and likes gardening. Sally is passionate about all children having the same educational opportunities, irrespective of location. Deliverance of education may need to be different, but that doesn’t have to mean disadvantaged.  


Amanda Nixon

amanda 2Branch: Central Wheatbelt North

Amanda is a happily married mother of three, living 260km north east of Perth near the small town of Kalannie in the Central Wheatbelt of WA.  Amanda and Bob have brought up their children on a broad-acre crop and sheep property; working in partnership with Bob’s parents, his two brothers and their families.  She has a break from the farm one day a week, working in the Kalannie primary school library, surrounded by books and 40 book-loving students!

Amanda first joined the Kalannie branch of ICPA in 1999 when her eldest child began preschool at Kalannie Primary.  Jacob is currently taking a break from 2 years of University and is teaching English in China - thanks to inspiration from an article in July 2015 issue of Pedals ICPA magazine about the Lattitude Global Volunteering program.  Samuel is studying Ag Science/Commerce at UWA and Isabel is boarding at Santa Maria College in Perth.

Amanda took on President of Kalannie Branch in 2013. In 2015 the Kalannie Branch changed its name to Central Wheatbelt North Branch.  Sometimes it is all in a name, and members hope that regionalizing the name from Kalannie Branch to Central Wheatbelt North will help achieve the goal of increasing membership and promoting ICPA as an advocate and avenue for issues of access to education.

Amanda believes access and delivery of education contributes to the strength of country communities.  She is looking forward to being involved with ICPA in her community and beyond. It's the easiest part of having to send our students away.


Bianca James

bianca 3Branch: Hyden

Bianca lives in the Hyden-Karlgarin area of the south east Wheatbelt with her husband Andrew and three boys, where they operate a family farm. Bianca and Andrew have three beautiful boys, the eldest is enjoying life to the fullest whilst working as a landscaper and playing WAFL football for West Perth, one has found a happy school place at WA College of Agriculture in Cunderdin in Perth and the youngest is at boarding school in Perth.

When she is not helping on the family property, Bianca is interested in desktop publishing and she has worked at the local CRC & many other businesses in town as is often the way in a small rural town.

Bianca is a member of Hyden branch where she has held the position of Treasurer and President. Bianca became a State Councillor in 2015 and during her first year took on the role of Publicity Officer. Over the years, Bianca has been instrumental in helping Bits & Pieces Editor, upgrading our WA page on the website and working to improve our social media publicity. She is currently WA Treasurer .

Apart from encouraging her boys’ football pursuits, Bianca loves to spend any available time camping and now the lakes are full skiing with her family. She also enjoys a sneaky read of a book over an extended cup of tea.


Kym Ross

Kym Profile picBranch: Lakes District

Kym lives 500km south of Perth near the small town of Bremer Bay on the south coast with her husband Chris and two children. They operate a farming business and also run an agricultural retail business in the nearby town of Jerramungup. Their two children are presently attending university and boarding school in Perth.

Kym works part-time in the family retail business and is involved with a number of community groups. In her spare time she tries to read each months bookclub book, though thank goodness for audiobooks, it makes the long drive to see the children more interesting.

Kym is a member of the Lakes District branch and presently holds the position of branch Treasurer. She joined WA State Council in March 2018 after attending her first state conference.


 Sandie McCombie

SandieBranch: Pilbara

Sandie McCombie has taken on the role of the WA Lones Member Officer.  She first became involved with ICPA in 2005 as a member of the Pilbara Branch.

Sandie and her husband Barry lived in the Pilbara for over 20 years.  Their only child Alexander was taught by Sandy via Port Hedland School of the Air.

In 2015 they moved to the south west so Alexander could complete his secondary education in Busselton.

Sandy also works part-time as a Registered Nurse in Busselton. She is looking forward to the challenges ahead and what that will bring.


Elyce Donaghy

elyce 4Branch:  Goldfields Eyre

Elyce and her husband Colin, a heavy duty drill fitter, live north of Kalgoorlie, near Broad Arrow, where they are involved in the mining industry. They have two girls who are both attending John Paul College in Kalgoorlie. Prior to moving north of Kalgoorlie, Elyce, who has a Certificate 3 in Education Support, worked as an Education Assistant for eight years, spending four years at the Goldfields Behaviour Centre. Currently Elyce is employed full time at the Kalgoorlie School of the Air as an Education Assistant.

Elyce joined the Goldfields Eyre Branch in 2014 and became branch secretary in 2015. Also in 2015, she joined state council. Elyce is passionate about quality education being provided and delivered to students, particularly those who live in rural and remote locations and who rely on distance education.


Chandra Ridley


Branch: Meekatharra Air

Chandra has taken on the role of Councillor. She has been a member of the Meekatharra Air Branch since 2005 and for the past three years has held the role of correspondence secretary.  Home for Chandra and her two children is at Bulloo Downs Station, 100 km south of Newman. At present both of Chandra’s children are attending boarding school in Perth.

Chandra is an early childhood trained teacher and has spent the last ten years supervising her children’s primary education through Meekatharra School of the Air.

As well as loving to spend time with her children, Chandra enjoys cooking, gardening and crocheting.
She is looking forward to learning more about State Council and helping out where
she can. 

Jane Jughes

JaneBranch: Gascoyne

Jane, who is the current secretary of the Gascoyne Branch, nominated for the role of State Councillor. She, along with her husband, manage a cattle station, whilst home schooling her three children aged 4, 6 and 8.

After State Conference Jane was about to commence a certificate 11 in Conservation and Land Management.  This follows on from a Certificate 11 in Rural Enterprises, a Certificate in Organic Farming and a course in permaculture systems.

Jane is passionate about the environment and sustainability but also enjoys other interests including drawing/painting, photography, yoga, gardening and reading.


Kym Burns

kym burns 4Branch: Hyden

Kym put her hand up for a role as a State Councillor, despite being completely new to ICPA.  Home is a family farm shared with husband Jon, their three children and Jon’s family.

Sophie is in year 10 at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar, Harry in year six and Lily in year one, both attend the Hyden Primary School.  As if her life wasn’t busy enough Kym, a qualified hairdresser, also has her own hair salon in Hyden.

Being new to ICPA Kym is very keen to learn the role the organisation plays at a State and Federal level and is keen to attend a Federal Conference as she believes the experience and understanding she will gain will be invaluable.

Kym believes she has so much to learn, not just from the process but from the people who have invested so much into the ICPA organisation. 


Naomi Obst


Branch: Midwest

Naomi grew up on a farm in Morawa and went to boarding school in Perth in Yr 8. After completing high school she went on to become a teacher and has taught at several schools in the Midwest.

A member of the Midwest Branch for six years and the current branch secretary, Naomi and her husband have three boys: Lachlan (19) in 2nd year of University, Mitchell (16) in year 11 and Ryan (13) in year 8.  As a student and parent Naomi has experienced the support of ICPA and is keen to give something back by taking on the role of a State Councillor.

Naomi believes If we all do our little bit when time allows this vital organisation will continue to remain relevant into the future.