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2015 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

Atlas Shrugged by Brett Dionysius (First Prize)

Beneath Sovereign Pocket by Gill Jewell (Second Prize)

No Storm Water Drains by Gill Jewell (Third Prize)

Wedge Tail by Mary McCarthy (Highly Commended)

Camp Columbia by Brett Dionysius (Highly Commended)

The American Army dozers have rusted brown 
as a monk’s habit. Their khaki paint stripped off 
haphazardly like a distracted child pulls bark from 
a forest redgum’s trunk. They are silent too, in their 
blade prayer; the road scar cut out of the Centenary 
bush for Camp Columbia & its million GIs remains. 
Part walking track; cracked, clay, sewer pipes jut out
of the trail like antique pots ploughed up by farmers. 
Over Sandy Creek, a wooden bridge’s rotted frame sits; 
pitted hardwood pylons poised as a hunting dog’s nose. 
Its cement redoubt still strong, its iron bolts at attention. 
& the circular brick tanks of the city’s first sewerage plant, 
pillbox solid, built when its nightsoil was still carted away. 
An empire’s legacy; leftovers of its dirty infrastructure.

Parrot, Parrot by Mary McCarthy (Highly Commended)

Ipswich on the Bremer by Maureen Clifford (Highly Commended)

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