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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

Grindle Road by Brett Dionysius (First Prize)

A Child Unafraid by Gill Jewell (Second Prize)

She will do away with me that little love, that beautiful baby girl.
Without a wave or bow, she will turn and smile, door will slam
ever so gently, as she leaves nursery rhymes and mother
For a plane ticket, departing to that other place.
There is another life.

My foot stretches the length between ground and water
But I am a land creature, fixed fast to the soil of routine.
Still, I can come; take me too! I have always been ready.
Riding above the turbulence of change, means to live life
Conjured into existence.

Remember shivering in snowy blankets we saw that new place,
The ‘dream time’, so close to the motherland?
I didn’t know how to get there, only that you would.
Because its heat and dust shone in your eyes as I told its story.
You were my true believer.

Stepping over years of empty fridges, discarded gas bills
There was never pity, always playtime and singing;
Looking forward through Wonderland glass to a new heaven and earth,
To the promise marked on your head with water then wine;
For your new life.

Sometimes in my nightmares drowning children wave,
Floating in a pond of flowers; a grieving mother standing close.
She believed in the strength of her babies to walk on water.
For after all they were only ever reaching out for beauty.
My hair turns white in the shadow of their bravery.

With a pocket full of sovereigns, your dream unfolds.
Finding land to build a house and community.
I flag Foundation lessons from Walloon’s daughters
Not to stretch too far too soon, when too young.
You will grow your adult uniform; carefully.

My daughters’ place is where great hunks of steel fly overhead.
“That’s ours”, you laugh and look (it’s taking supplies to Afghanistan)
Behind her are the brave who defend a nation and lest we forget, the
Parents catching breath, sweat Amberley’s fear and pride.
Did Walloon’s mum do the same when they carried her babies home?

She grows her home in the blistering heat shimmering off new roads
Where swimming pools spring up in fields for children; unafraid still.
The coffee shops gather momentum, developing toward a future
Where work and play dance above and below the water line.
Here is that other life.

(ref: Henry Lawson’s Babies of Walloon)

A d’Arcy Doyle Painting by Leonie Parker (Third Prize)

The Kulning Song by Louisa Janke (Highly Commended)

Pot Pourri and Bar Room Roses by Maureen Clifford (Highly Commended)

A Time to Dance, a Time to Mourn by Sue Osborn (Highly Commended)

A Foot Soldier’s Lament by Gill Jewell (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

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years