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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)

No storm water drains, he said, almost laughing
This is the age where things just seep away.
Wooden beams tilting, swaying to the music.
The portable radio booms ‘love is all we need’
No trade could measure with certainty
that these new walls would stand forever

Nothing is forever he said, as he gave a wink,
Paint drizzled down her hair and overalls.
They had planned this, no one laughed
at their dream to go it alone,
no builders to compromise
their life in the Queensland Daintree.

Carved from a forrest growing
an environment of purpose.
Simple yet focussed on love.
in love with life and possibilities
that adventurers died for.
Robinson Crusoe’s challenge
He would she could ..,. do this.

When mother of God insects crawled
from the recesses of shoes and cereal packets
Everything soft and damp from ceaseless, persistent rain
Water seeping everywhere, always;
not enough towels to dry, looking for the drier.
knowing that this was the dream.
His mothers words could sting.

“A Jennings home, all comfort and convenience”
His mum had spat the words
as if to curse the architecture of his life.
Silly little boy dreams of hammer and saw
bringing out her own nail gun to hammer him
a dose of her reality.

Nothing could dismantle their resolve to build,
to buy honey from hippy neighbours
who had their own bee hives, chemical free,
pointing them to exotic birds, with shrills and
colours of rainbow magnificence.
Their place was bigger than them.

With local markets, and magnificent smells
of fruit, sweet with fragrance of holidays and surf
cheese cloth that was bought cheap.
and green everywhere shades of green.
Frangipani wafting in and out, with every breath taken
a certainty that life was meant for this.

Wedge Tail by Mary McCarthy (Highly Commended)

Camp Columbia by Brett Dionysius (Highly Commended)

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