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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

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

Fill the Hole with a Bird by Zoe McDonald (First Prize)

Trouble by Cara Roux (Second Prize)

I Do by Freya Cox (Third Prize)

I want to buy her flowers 
Hold her hand in the cinema 
And go out for fancy dinners
That neither of us can really afford 

I want to hear her breathing beside me in the night 
Feel her curled up next to me, amongst tangled sheets 
See her tousled hair and sleepy eyes in the morning 

I want to travel the world with her 
See the seven wonders 
Look at her
And see the eighth 

I want to build a home 
Paint the walls and get flecks of colour in our hair 
Argue about which couch to buy 
And then let her choose the one she likes 

I want to hold 
The soft, heavy bodies of our children in my arms
Watch them grow up, as we grow older 

I want to drop our children off for their first day of school 
Cry with her at their graduations 
And sit down together to write
Speeches for their weddings 

I want to care for her when she’s old 
Flick through a lifetime of photo albums 
And see her face next to mine
Over the decades 

And in amongst that somewhere
I want to slide a golden band onto her finger
And say ‘I do’ 
But in this country
The government says 
I can’t

Illuminated by Sarah Martin (Highly Commended)

A Place by Rebecca Wang (Highly Commended)

11 Years a Punching Bag by Leon Miller (Highly Commended)

Forgive me, Time (Thy Rhythmic God) by Chiara Folland (Highly Commended)

Reaping by Emma Crisp (Highly Commended)

I Don’t Care by Julina Frame (Highly Commended)

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years