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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

My Home Town by Abbie Graham (5-17 Yrs. Winner)

A d’Arcy Doyle Painting by Leonie Parker (Open Age Winner)

I live in a d’Arcy Doyle painting complete with his favourite tree, 
a beautiful old Jacaranda that’s been around longer than me. 
Where life is a virtual canvas of every conceivable hue 
kaleidoscope colours are drawn from a palette of indigo scarlet and blue. 

There’s kids on the street playing cricket with nary an iPhone in sight. 
Some say we’re a little old fashioned and crikey they could just be right. 
Another kid’s down on the corner with a billy-cart made by his dad. 
He’s trailed by a little old lop-eared mongrel that’s never too far from the lad. 

And down by the winding old river another kid’s learning to swim. 
His mate with the fishing pole’s scoffing, no inner tube floatie for him. 
These kids never wear their hats backwards, no gutter talk drifts on the breeze. 
No grotty Reg Grundies are ever on show above pants heading south of the knees. 

If that’s what they mean by ‘old fashioned’ I’d sooner that any old day.
If ‘up to the minute’ includes all those trappings I’d rather it just stayed away. 
But ‘up to the minute’s’ encroaching, the old and the new intertwined, 
but if you’re a fan of the simple life pleasures out here they’re still easy to find. 

The old corner store is still open. It’s one of a dwindling few, 
but now it’s a quaint little coffee shop baking us treats like our mums used to do. 
They’ve given the old girl a face-lift and blimey she’s looking a treat, 
restored to what must have been her former glory, she’s perfect for this little street.

I live in a street of Queenslanders, those lovely old houses built high 
with shady verandahs to catch summer breezes that waft from the river nearby. 
Those houses so favoured by d’Arcy, and painted with love, every one, 
and we all love d’Arcy out here in his birthplace, he might be our favourite son. 

In streets lined with old Jacarandas he’s never too far from our minds. 
There’s d’Arcy Doyle paintings all over this city and down where the old river winds. 
When the purple trees blossom in springtime and the cricketers stand at the pitch 
those d’Arcy Doyle paintings all burst into life and I’m glad that I live in ‘The Switch’. 

Wherever on earth I may wander, wherever I happen to be, 
whenever I think about Ipswich, a d’Arcy Doyle painting I’ll see, 
and remember a time when I simply lived life that was fit for a king 
when I lived in a d’Arcy Doyle painting in a purple tinged city in Spring.

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

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years