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2014 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Edwards Property Mentorship Award

Ipswich Theme Awards

Flood Warning – 1974 by Fran Nicolaou-Wilmot (Open Age Winner)

 (Special thanks to ‘Banjo Patterson”  – but only for the rhyme…)

We were staying down at Palm Beach when my father phoned one night,
And announced the creek was rising by the hour,
That the tanks were overflowing and the paddock looked a sight,
And he added, “This is more than just a shower”.

So we settled down the children, and we packed up both the cars,
And we planned to leave at break of day.
And the rain came down in torrents, and the car park looked like Mars,
And my husband said, “Thank God, we`re on our way…”

As we crawled along the Coast road with my husband looking grey,
(And the kids all meek and quiet like little mice),
Saying “…make it past the Crab Farm – then I think we’ll be OK…” 
As he grimly gripped the steering like a vice.

So we ploughed on through the water and we slowed at Yatala town,
It nestled under bleak and angry skies,
With the kids all roused and lively, chanting, “We’re not gonna drown”,
And suggesting that we stop and buy some pies.

When we finally reached the turnoff and we beeped ‘farewell’ to mum,
(Who took off to Bundamba mighty fast!)
Through the static on the wireless, the kids began to hum,
And my husband smiled, “Thank God, we’re home at last!”

But as the day grew shorter and we paddled through the yard,
We received an urgent phone call sad and grim,
“We’re all leaving,“ cried my mother, “And your sister’s took it hard,”
“But the only way to Ipswich is to swim”

 “So we’re heading to the neighbours, ‘cos they live on safer ground,”
“And your sister’s packed her precious wedding dress.”
“And the poultry shed is open – they’re not making too much sound…”
“When all is said and done – it’s for the best…”

We were worried sick at Wacol for the message got around,
That Wolston Park had bedding by the ton,
They could house the whole damn suburb – they‘d been built on higher ground,
And our neighbour, with sarcasm, said, “What fun…”

Waded down to Wacol station for the S.E.S were there,
They were motoring round in weathered outboard boats,
With the water drowning platforms, all the tracks and up the stairs,
And lifting anything and everything that floats.

It was rainy Sunday morning, but the air was sweet and light,
With a breeze that caused a gentle shiver.
Caravans had drifted down to the golf course overnight,
And most of Goodna nestled in the river.

And a cow from ‘back of Goodna is a household word today,
No calmer creature folks had ever saw,
How she floated to the “Royal Mail” no one can really say,
Chewing cud, quite content, to topmost floor.

It was evident at Wacol that supplies were looking grim,
All exit roads trapped by the murky water,
Should we wade on down to Darra, catch a boat or even swim…?
“I want Minties, milk and Milo”, sang my daughter.

He was beaming through the lamplight with the kids all tucked in bed,
The floor revealed one tiny muddy shoe,
“There’s no power”, he was groaning, “And the televisions’ dead”
“So, honestly, what is a man to do?”

And when it was all over with the water all gone down,
We took off up the road and far away,
And onward on to Redbank, Ebbw Vale and Ipswich town
And I’m sure… it was nine months to the day.

It was obvious in hospital when the little miss was born,
Her eyes as deep and dark as storm swept skies,
That she’d turned up like a blessing, on another rainy morn,
So we called her our ‘flood baby’, – what a prize!!

And the locals told the stories (who did what and who was sent),
Of the mighty Queensland flood and all their fears,
And they told themselves, “Don’t worry, it was just a ‘one’ event”
“Never ever…never more…in a hundred years…” 

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years