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Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

2017 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

The Cynic Route by Kate O’Neil (First Prize)

Up in the Devils Lair by Terry Piggott (Second Prize)

The Lady of the Lakes by Terry Piggott (Third Prize)

The Night The Kids Cooked Dinner by Caroline Tuohey (Highly Commended)

A Racing Tale by Jim Kent (Highly Commended)

The Flags That Fly at Castlebrook by Noel Stallard (Highly Commended)

Bandy Bill by Jim Kent (Highly Commended)

Real Time Dream Time by Kevin Pye (Highly Commended)

Today I sit in wonderment, to look upon a scene—­ 
Imagination rises up and hours don’t intervene.
I sense I am a stranger here, yet somehow I’m in touch,
At arm’s length from an era past, that matters still so much.
The lichen patterned rocks look down on fields beyond their base 
To where old tribal songs and chants once echoed round this place. 
It’s here that Mother Nature’s shrouds secrete the stage enhanced 
And native flora has reclaimed the theatre where feet danced.
A quiet and eerie spirit floats upon the zephyred breeze
And spectres of the Mougee clan come softly through the trees. 
I see the Elders gathering, in skins of Possum fur—
These dream time figures coalesce—my eyes begin to blur.
The status of fine feathers worn with hunting spears held high, 
Adorn the ochre bodied scene, as warriors pass by.
I visualise this meeting place where tribes from overlands
Will trade their wares next morning light, near rocks with painted hands.
The Piccaninnies chatter now, in play around the rocks 
Until the spangled banner, calls its time upon their clocks.
It’s time to take my leave also from painted hands blown white
And take with me respectful sense of this secluded site.
The rhythm of the clapsticks’ beat and bare feet pounding dust, 
I’ve seen within this mind of mine, at this site held in trust.
I’ve climbed beyond the river bed and passed the flat surrounds
To where the sandstone guardian, protects the Dreamtime grounds.

Plywood Crosses by Graeme Johnson (Highly Commended)

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years