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Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

2016 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

Once by Poppy Bell (5-17 Yrs. Winner)

The Pet Shop by Maree Reedman (Open Age)

Every time I visit her 
she’s different,
like a child in hospital.
One morning dozing,
with a few bobs of her head
to acknowledge me.
Another day she’s flirting with a man
who has back teeth missing 
she doesn’t notice 
as he scratches her neck,
her grey tongue clicking.
Today she allows
a few strokes of her back
while she grooms her chest,
her feathers creamy with a yellow tint
like the first blooms on my frangipani.
An old man with a halting step
stops beside me and says,
“It’s a shame to see her in a cage.”

I often feel as if I am with a priest
(both are cloaked in white)
as I talk to her
as if there should be a booth around us,
protected from the eyes of passers-by.

Yesterday I counted fifty cockatoos
in a tree, 
screaming, flying, flapping,
and I wished she could know that freedom,
that one day I will walk past her cage by the pet shop
and she will be gone.
It’s a self-indulgent fantasy,
she has never known life 
outside of the bars,
she would be like an old con,
unable to cope in the real world.
At night I imagine her locked inside,
and I marvel she doesn’t hate us,
that there is still softness 
in her brown eyes.

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

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years