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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

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

A Lesson in Life by Shelley Hansen (First Prize)

In the Wake of the Deluge by Brenda Joy (Second Prize)

The Untold Story by Leonie Parker (Third Prize)

How Long Will We Cry? by Kevin Pye (Highly Commended)

From Bundaberg to Brisbane and all places in between,
Then inland to Emerald and St George where crops were green,
The flooding rains relentless burst the banks of country streams
In a turbid, foaming deluge that ravaged peaceful dreams.

Through Lockyer Valley’s farmland, a Tsunami surged along
And a wall of water rushed, metres high and all too strong
From Toowoomba to the coast, claiming lives along the way;
Will we cry for them tomorrow like we cried for them that day?

We might sing of our heroes gone with torrents as they rose
Or those who tried to rescue, as their bravery clearly shows;
We write of devastation and the future now in store
And then we lift our spirits and we open each new door.

Sweep the city streets of mud and remove the foetid air,
Lend a hand to friends in need, honour those who lie somewhere
Laud the name of Jordan Rice, just a boy who chose to stay
While his brother’s life was spared for the price he had to pay.

Our Nation’s hearts were heavy for it’s hard to understand
How scenes that we have witnessed could be cast upon this land;
Still Aussies share a mateship when we suffer, work or play
So we’ll cry for them tomorrow like we cried for them that day.

The tide surged ever eastwards, overwhelming all in sight-
Each daylight brought new meaning to the terror of the night;
The eyes of this great nation saw “My Country’s” flooding rains
But hearts were far too heavy to sing MackelIar’s old refrains.

Yet spirits rose as always when adversity’s at hand
And residents of Ipswich stood as one to make a stand,
Restoring their dear city in the face of Nature’s trial-
United although shattered, helping hands there Aussie style.

The image of the city is enhanced around the world-
Raw courage on a banner, on a mast has been unfurled.
Heroes last forever so l ask you if I may
To honour those who left you when you cry for them today.

Fire at Dawson’s Run by Catherine Lee (Highly Commended)

The Tale of Molly Riley by Catherine Lee (Highly Commended)

The Property by Susan Sommerlad (Highly Commended)

100 Years Since Anzac by Jim Cosgrove (Highly Commended)

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