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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)

Through build-up of cyclonic swell, torrential rains gave birth,
with force that Man could never quell, to deluge of the Earth.
Events of fierce ferocity had made us all aware
of Nature’s cruel atrocity. We know for we were there.
As wastelands turned to inland seas within a flood of tears,
evacuated refugees endured their greatest fears.

Though empathy for others’ grief brought sorrow to each heart,
we watched it all in disbelief – aroused but set apart –
till danger loomed upon our range. We felt the grip of fear
that heralded dramatic change: The threat was real and near.
But nothing helped us to prepare for what was yet to come.
Surrounding din made us aware – a deep, almighty hum…

…like roaring jet planes, sonic wave, beyond the speed of sound
as stressed escarpment failed to stave off might of water’s pound.
The surge that ripped the mountain height with force like lava flow,
oblivious to tragic plight of landscape down below,
released, in cascading decent, the debris of its rape.
Electrified pulsations sent us hurtling to escape.

Sheer volume from the torrent’s thrust – a wave ten metres high –
determined in its raging lust that all it touched would die.
And that’s what happened to our town. In fraction of a breath
our homes, our stock, our friends would drown. Our valley turned to death.
How some survived is all a blank, our minds have blocked it out.
We know we have our God to thank. He kept us safe no doubt.

Now T.V. images portray the overall extent –
the ‘highlights’ of our horror day, the visions of lament.
The ‘Bridge of Death’ that claimed its toll, the houses in the hay,
demolished, twisted. No control! Oh take these scenes away!
No-one’s been spared that demon’s touch. That mighty predator
has swept our valley from our clutch, has scarred us to the core.

And onwards still its mighty sweep into the very fields
of commerce where twin cities reap the wealth that progress yields.
It shocked when centres deemed to be secure from Nature’s force,
faced suffering, so plain to see, as flooding took its course.
Though now communication’s spread its network ‘round the world
yet urban realms succumbed to dread when Nature’s wrath unfurled.

But we’ll take faith from courage shown, heroics, love embraced.
Our passion to survive has grown through chaos bravely faced.
No matter if we are inclined to city or to land,
catastrophe of wide-spread kind has helped to understand.
We can’t cast Nature to our spell, her trials come to test.
We’ve learnt that lesson all too well: We live at Her behest.

Yet we’ll abide this nightmare phase. We’ll help each other grieve.
We know our pain we’ll not erase – but neither will we leave.
Combining skills from land and town, we’ll see this trauma through
Disaster will not drag us down. We’ll show we are ‘true blue’.
We’ll build again, that’s what we’ll do, we’ll make another start.
The spirit that will bring us through pervades our region’s heart.

The Untold Story by Leonie Parker (Third Prize)

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

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