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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)

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)

I have come back to my childhood – 
driven over the grid, weed-riddled and rusted,
and along the wheel-rutted road to home.

But home is no longer here. 
In its place a house I do not know 
lists earthward,
vanquished by summer rains, 
winter winds, 
and man’s neglect.

I sit on the cracked front steps,
dig my fingernail under remnants of paint 
and remember 
wondrous days 
when life was hurtled into, 
and dreams foreshadowed 
endless possibilities. 

Overhead a crow, 
black smudge in the December sky, 
circles listlessly,
looks down, 
and shreds the silence with his taunts.
I raise my face toward the sun, 
praying its heat will cauterise my pain
and grieve the lost sweetness
of my childhood.

The wild spirit who darted among 
silver-green trees in early morning 
when the air was heavy
with scent of honey from the bottlebrush
is dead and buried.

Resurrected as a
grown-up person
paying taxes,
fulfilling adult duties,
approved by society.

I close my eyes and weep. 

It is time to leave.

I incarcerate the memories
deep in a canyon of my soul 
where they will moulder into dust,
and walk across the dry-baked ground
to the car.

I glimpse the ghost of a barefoot girl 
dancing among the melaleucas.

I do not know her.

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