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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)

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)

His grey eyes scan the distant hills,
The dawn breaks gently through the haze,
Paddocks grown green with recent rain,
The steaming cattle gently graze.

The mist drifts softly on the lake,
The lilies bloom, the lotus bright,
Kingfishers swoop, a flash of blue,
The herons rise in golden light.

He leans against the homestead rail,
His kelpies linger at his feet.
He turns to saddle up the mare,
He’s much to do before the heat.

The busy day spreads out before,
The cows to milk, the calves to drench,
The steers to load, off to the sales,
He needs more wire to fix that fence.

The farmstead’s sighing in the wind,
The silence breathes of lives now past,
The empty rooms, whisper of joy,
Of hopes much cherished, love that lasts.

The children now no longer run,
Along the hall and down the track,
The kitchen scents no longer rise,
No baking now welcomes him back.

And where those perfect hazel eyes?
The quiet voice, the calming word?
The soft form warming winter nights?
The long hair straying undeterred?

Mid-day comes soon, his muscles strain,
The sweat dries streaked upon his face, 
The dogs crave water, seek the shade,
He mends the fence, no slackened pace.

At last with shadows lengthening,
Sweet garden blooms held in his hand,
He slowly walks along the track,
Towards a piece of sacred land.

Beneath the fig trees towering shade,
He lays the flowers by granite stone,
The grave is tended lovingly.
Her kelpie keeps watch here alone.

He sits and talks in softened tones,
Narrates the happenings of the day,
Their sixty years of married life,
Death cannot take the love away.

He will not leave the farm’s embrace,
For she lies here in silence deep,
One evening she will lead him home,
They’ll lie here sharing perfect sleep.

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